Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #42

 String 038 with Knightsbridge
I had all sorts of ideas for tangleations of Knightsbridge, but then ended up going traditional.  Funny how what's in my head is almost never what ends up on the page.
 
Now, you might want to call the string line pattern Btl Joos.  But since the challenge was a monotangle of Knightsbridge, let's call it a long, single row of Knightsbridge, okay?
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Diva Challenge #168

Variations of Rain with Msst, before shading

Variations of Rain with Msst, after shading
I'm still finding my way with shading.  I wanted to see the two together, before and after.  I still like both of them equally I think.  But there is definitely more depth to the shaded one.

I really like my tangles when they are stark black and white contrast, without the grey.  Since I don't feel like I know what I'm doing with shading I am always worried to add it; I don't want to ruin something I like.  But if I don't try, I won't learn.  I guess mistakes are necessary to grow.

I hate mistakes.

"It's a String Thing" #41

String 026 - River, Riverstones, and Ripples (variation)
I'm not thrilled with my efforts this time, but I learned a few things.  Mistakes are part of growing, right?
 
I used Riverstones without the river part.  I've done it before.  Maybe it's because I'm from the desert.  I don't know.  It just didn't seem to fit.  Sometimes just the stones are enough.
 
But what I learned from was when I tried to do Ripples.  I penciled in lines parallel to the legs of the M shape in the original string.  These created diamonds.  I planned to do traditional Ripples in these diamonds (which I didn't), but erase the pencil lines afterward so there was no visible grid (which I did).  I started putting the S shapes in the diamonds.  Suddenly I noticed I had done one of the S shapes backwards.  At first I got frustrated.  I didn't want to start over, but I also hate mistakes.  In order to fix it I ended up using S shapes both directions, overlapping, in each diamond.  Then I added just a single loop off the center where the two S shapes crossed and filled it black (rather than the multiple loops of varying shades).  It looks very different from the original Ripples, but it's kind of a fun design.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll use it again sometime.
 
So mostly I learned to be forgiving of my mistakes and look for new options when they happen.  Very Zentangle.

A Place for My Art

I decided I need a separate blog for my art.  I want a place to share whatever I'm working on without feeling like it takes over my other blog, which has a very different purpose.

This is that place.  The title means two things to me.  It means the ability to tangle without interruption.  It also means to allow tangling to bring peace into my life.  Couldn't we all use a little more of that?

I am so much the novice with drawing, but it is bringing me peace.  For that, I am so grateful.