Weekly Challenge #3 "Eyes Wide Shut"


It’s Mu-u-u-nday!!! That means Laura Harms weekly challenge #3 is up — and it’s “Eyes Wide Shut”!   Be sure you look at her example before deciding this one is too difficult.  It’s a perfect example of what you can achieve when start something from a different angle. 

Go for it!

My tangle pattern "FauxGee"


I’ve posted a few tangles lately that are based on the Ogee pattern.  Sometimes, though, you want the look but you don’t want the work.  Especially if you are planning a lot of curve, keeping that nice even in and out look is difficult.
So here’s a faux Ogee based on 8’s.  It’s a bit rougher looking, but can take more hit and miss and still look good.

My tangle pattern "Cursive"


I’m not sure where this tangle came from.  Or the artwork either.  My brain was picking up vibes from somewhere odd.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that tomorrow will be my last day of work until I find another job.  I’m a casualty of the poor economy, and feeling a bit wounded at the moment.  

Overall, I’m actually very excited.  I’ve disliked my job for quite some time, but been close enough to retirement that I didn’t want to start over elsewhere.  Now, I’ve got the excuse to start over.   Still.  For today, I’m blue.

My tangle pattern "Unruly" & more Weekly Challenge #2


While trying out Laura Harms, “Weekly Challenge #2“, which was to try out Margaret Bremner’s “2-pencil string technique“,  I came up with a tangle that reminds me of a measuring tape.  Only you’d get strange results if you ever tried measuring with it, lol! 

You don’t have to use the 2-pencil (or pen, in my case) technique, but it will give you a more even ribbon-like appearance.

While drawing up the example for this, I also tried the technique to draw “Slalom“.  It definitely takes up some room.  If you try, be sure you don’t put the circles too close!

Laura Harms "Weekly challenge #2"-My attempt


Here’s my work using Laura Harm’s Weekly Challenge # 2– using the two-Pencil technique for a string.  Although, I cheated.  I used two pens instead of pencils.  Pencil lead makes me sneeze for some reason, so I tend to avoid using it.  Pens worked just fine, and the technique was great fun.  I think I may try it with my ‘Slalom’ tangle.  The In and Out glide ’round and ’round the circles should be a lark!

My tangle pattern "Wisket"


The Phrontistery dictionary says that a Wisket is a basket.  Since this tangle is another take on a basketweave type pattern, that seemed like a good name.  Besides.  “Wisket”.  I love the sound of it, lol!

Once you get the lines in, this pattern can get confusing.  Never fear though.  It does well with a great deal of randomness, so feel free to go willy-nilly or slapdash!  I certainly have!  I added an extra example to show you what I mean.

My tangle pattern "Tweety"


For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas.  For those who don’t, Happy Day! 
Today, I’m giving you another OGee pattern, which for some reason makes me think of Tweety Bird’s eyeballs.   And, by chance, the example artwork is called ‘Oh, Christmas Tree’.  What better example for a tangle posted on Christmas Day, than a tree decorated with Tweety Bird’s eyeballs?
There.  Hope that gave you a big holiday smile, lol!

My tangle pattern "Slalom"


The happiest of Holidays to everyone.  What with Simplicity challenges and the beginning of the New Year peeking around the corner, I thought today was a good one to give you a tangle that focuses on one of the most basic of designs.

An Ogee pattern?  You know, those in and out lines that make you think of a string of garlic bulbs — only lots prettier and not nearly as stinky. 

If you are a designer of any kind you need to know the term Ogee.  But for us enthusiastic tanglers, the important thing is that they are awesome-looking, but they can be hard to do well.  I often look at my attempts and wish they were more even.

Well.  The answer to that is always – practice.  So I came up with an exercise for myself, and, hey! It was fun.  Kind of like finger skiing down the page.  And I think it looks cool too. 

So now it’s a tangle, and you can spend these cold wintry mornings exercising with garlic bulbs.

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