Saturday, July 19, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #49

Tenth Anniversary String with Bunzo, Rain, and N'Zeppel
This week was the tenth anniversary of Zentangle.  That's pretty cool.  To celebrate, Adele designed a string in the shape of the number ten.  She asked us to choose our favorite patterns to tangle with.  That means this week's challenge results will be fun to see because there will be so many different patterns.

When I look at a string sometimes I immediately know what I want to do with it and sometimes it takes a while.  This was one of the immediate times.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted the number 10 to be negative space.

I started looking through my pattern book.  I wasn't planning to use favorites, just what I thought fit well.  As it turns out, I did use three of my favorites because they were the ones that fit.  This is the first time I've used Rain with the aura only on one side. 

It's also the first time I've added sparkle afterward by adding white instead of just leaving white as I tangled in the first place.  I really like how the sparkle turned out and am grateful to have that option.  Too often I get done with a piece and then decide I should have put sparkle here or there.  This way, I still can.

I'm very much a fan of free-form N'Zeppel.  I almost never use it in a straight grid anymore.  I love the way it seems to go under the 1 space.  Isn't it cool the difference shading makes?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Father's Day Gift for My Husband

With N'Zeppel
I made this tile for my husband, who also tangles, for Father's Day.  I also added a nice note to the back.  Lots more emotional connection in this than there might appear, but that's just for us!

"It's a String Thing" #48

String 046 with Pippin, Purk, and Printemps
I totally had a plan in mind when I started this tile; almost none of my original plan ended up in the piece.  I started with Pippin in each of the two loops.  Then it all took off on its own.  A few more Pippin.  A single, straight line of Purk.  And many small Printemps.  I love the way it turned out.  I think it has kind of a Moroccan feel to it (which I could never do on purpose, only accidentally).
On a side note, I just couldn't make myself use Prestwood (another pattern suggested for this challenge).  I had a hysterectomy last week and every time I look at Prestwood I see a bunch of uteruses squished up next to each other.  I'm pretty sure that pattern is ruined for me forever, which is sad because it's a nice pattern.  I guess timing really is everything.