Apr 302016

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This week, The Diva challenged us to use stripes. I’d always thought about working with „border“ patterns only. I used Paradox, Tropicana, Cat-Kin, Dragonair, Brayd, Man-o-Man, Tripoli, Puchong, Rain, Mooka, Kelp, and had a blast doing this. I didn’t regret to use bigger paper (6″ x 8″).

Diva Challenge 265

Diese Woche war das Thema bei der Diva „stripes/Streifen.“ Ich wollte immer schon mal eine Seite nur mit Randmustern zeichnen. I habe folgende Tangles benutzt: Paradox, Tropicana, Cat-Kin, Dragonair, Brayd, Man-o-Man, Tripoli, Puchong, Rain, Mooka, Kelp – das ganze hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Ich habe es nicht bereut, ein etwas größeres Format zu wählen (A6).

And for Joey, there was Roman Numeral X, and 5 patterns to use although there are only 4 spaces in the string she gave us. The patterns are Diva Dance, Showgirl, Snookums, Ticking, and Wedge. Three more tangles made it to my tile – Tipple, Zinger, and Flux. I used the classical dots-and-frame around the string. Love it more than the Diva piece.

Joeys Challenge 110

Bei Joey war es die Römisch Ziffer X (10). Wir hatten 4 Plätze für 5 Muster – Diva Dance, Showgirl, Snookums, Ticking, and Wedge. Ich habe noch drei mehr auf der Kachel untergebracht – Tipple, Zinger, and Flux. Mir gefällt es besser als die Diva-Karte.

Apr 192016

Today I made several tiles, three of them belong to challenges, and the other two are only loosely connected. They both explore parts more deeply that I’d tried in the challenge tiles.

Diva Challenge 264

The Diva challenged us to do a spring string, and I loved the loopy spring she made. I made something similar, and my first idea was filling the loops with circular patterns – something I have wanted to do for some time, but didn’t do yet.

Diva Challenge 264

I started out with Phicops,filling up the rest of the loop with some Zingers and Fescu. Next was Cirquital, the gaps of which I filled with Betweed, but blackened afterwards – too busy. I added some fescu to the leftover space of the loop, and later added Crescent Moon. Third loop is Pepper, which I really loved to draw. I didn’t know what to do with the rest of the loop, so I just let it be. Sooflowers were added to the last loop, and they filled it up nicely. Next I put Flux in, and then started with Tootle, which I had seen on someone else’s Diva Tile. This pattern was not easy for me to do. I did the strokes right between the first two triangles, but then I changed their direction realative to the Triangles. It took a while for me to notice, but I just started to do it the right way. Also I didn’t succeed in closing some of the Hexagons that are the background, but I don’t consider this „wrong“ – still looks good to me. A bouquet of Zingers finished the tile off.

Joey’s Challenge 109

Joey’s Challenge was to use the Roman numeral IX as a string, and she gave us seven different patterns to fill the seven spaces made by the string. Mooka was one of them, and I planned a monotangle at first, but Betweed also made its way there, as well as a few Zingers. It was fun to practice Mooka – it is a pattern I love, but it is easy to make mistakes. I embraced the mistakes by blackening them into some Fescu-like forms. Actually these add quite some contrast/interest to the other areas.

Joeys 109

But I wasn’t done yet!

I made another tile with all 7 patterns: Demi, Gingham, Betweed, Ragz (which is actually different from Betweed, although they look alike a lot), Mei, Mooka and Zinger. Mei, Demi, and Gingham were new to me, I’ve done the other ones several times each, as they are either good fillers (Betweed and Ragz), or patterns that I love to play with (Mooka and Zinger). I changed the string a bit to suit my plans. I know this looks like the string is upside down, but that is the direction I like best, and which I then fixed by adding the Zinger at the side.


I still wasn’t finished, because I wanted to explore two features from the tiles which weren’t what I had been planning.

Two More Tiles

The first one was Cirquital with Betweed as a filler pattern. It didn’t look good in the Diva Tile, that’s why I just blackened the background in that tile. There just wasn’t enough contrast between the stripes and the filling. I decided to make the Cirquital the focus of a new tile, and blacken the strips to make a better contrast to the rather light Betweed. To finish the tile I added some Zingers (what else?), plus corner triangles, which again I filled with Betweed.


The second thing I wanted to explore I had tried out in the second Joey tile, but wasn’t quite convinced with how it had turned out. I had tried to fill the triangular space with Zingers in the way of Rick’s Paradox. It didn’t work out the way I liked, as the room was a bit small, and I kept deviating from the plan. So a bigger version was what I needed, and it took me three trys to get it to work without me making mistakes (I know there are no mistakes, but I wanted the pattern to behave… I can be quite stubborn). So this is the tile:


Apr 112016

Joey gave us a string shaped like the Roman Numeral 8 (VIII), and four different tangles to use. I used 5 more to fill the spaces leftover. I used (from left to right, and from top to bottom): Crescent Moon, Nzeppel, Dangle, Zinger, Fescu (these last three invade most of my tiles, and I love them dearly), Tulipe, Fandango, Tropicana, Marnie. This was really fun, and without some color the Marnie would have looked really funny – I rotated the pattern for each new square. But adding color to the two triangles in each box that are alike (shading would have been another, more classical option) this came to look like a pattern.


This was more fun than I thought it might be, and I don’t regret bringing in color.

Apr 112016

Challenges are fun! This week’s Diva-Challenge was to use a spherical grid. When I finished drawing the grid with pencil I knew there had to be Inapod in the center. Then I added Cadent and Wiking, and then decided with all the funny things going on in such a grid it is easier to do simple grid patterns, and so went for Emingle and Bales, both original Tangles by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. I’m so looking forward to everything everyone else is doing with this.

Diva Challenge 263

I’m not sure I’m done with this challenge yet. We’ll see.

Apr 062016

Seems like I’m not done yet with Fasset. Even if it isn’t the main tangle in this tile, I enjoyed including it immensely. This was one of my more unplanned tiles, and I enjoyed how it started with all these small pyramid triangles (there’s a pattern floating on pinterest named pyramids that’s no longer available, and looks like what I did, but I consider these a very simple variation of Tripoli). Then I added the Gourdgeous pattern (first time), then Goldilocks (first time), then Fasset, and while tangling a few Zingers and Fescu also made their way in there. Then I added Efilys, which also was a first time use, and I ended with the black Tripoli, so I came back to the start. So here’s the Foto:


Another tile was finished today, and I really love it. It is a follow-up to my first Diva-Tile of the week. I used several borders for filling the string Fassett, and they ended up very tiny, compressed and partly reduced. Now I wanted to do them more justice and give them a central place in a tile.

Fescu and Zinger seem to weasel their way into most of my tiles lately, as do the danglers. I love to use these little bits to liven up things, to make them more playful. I used African Artist as a border, together with Antique and Ballace borders. Then I filled up with Rick’s Paradox, a Tangle I really enjoy. It is sooo versatile, easy to draw and to shade, and looks so intricate that even my husband commented on it (it seems it is the tangle that most males admire – also some boys at school chose this for their first tangle).


African artist was not easy for me, and I had to practice it quite some. It is ok now, but I need some more practice to get really fluent with this. Usually I love wavy or curly patterns (as you can see from the first tile), but this one didn’t come to me as effortless as most curly patterns do. I still enjoyed doing it (wavy as it is).

I really enjoy shading now, which at first I was hesitant to try. I had to add some color here, as I bought two colored Pitt artist pens together with the black one (all of them have the brush tip). The latter one is great help filling in larger areas of black.

Apr 052016

Diva-Challenge 262: This week it was Fassett, a UMT (Use My Tangle), by Lynn Mead. Haven’t used this yet, so this was quite interesting. It was ideal for use as a string. When I first finished filling the central string, everything looked a bit blah. But adding the background, and a few playful fescu and a zinger (love these little bits), plus shading made my tile!

Diva Challenge 262

Used tangles: Fassett, African Artist, Antique, Ballace (part of it), Fescu, Zinger

Apr 042016

Diesmal war die Diva-Challenge eine echte Herausforderung für mich: Es sollte ein Stack von Tiles erstellt werden, angefangen mit dem Bijou-Format, und dann jedes Tile 1 inch größer. Bei mir kam folgendes raus:

Diva Challenge 261

Verwendete Tangles sind: Mooka, Zinger, Golven, Tripoli, Bumpety-Bump, Printemps, Akoya, die meisten sind in „Das große Zentangle-Buch“ von Beate Winkler enthalten. Akoya findet sich auf tanglepatterns.com.

Es hat super-viel Spaß gemacht, und ich war mit Sicherheit 8 Stunden beschäftigt (nicht am Stück). Ich habe meine neuen Stifte dabei ausprobiert, z. B. weißen und goldenen Penthel Gelstift, und einen Estompen. Der macht es wirklich einfacher, das Grafit nicht überall zu verteilen, wie das passiert, wenn man einfach die Finger nimmt. Damit sind gezielte Schattierungen wirklich einfach.