Tuesday, February 25, 2014


This week's Diva Challenge #156 is to turn a right angle grid tangle into a curvy grid tangle.  As Miss Laura put it - "Who ever said grids need to be straight?"  as well as " Feel the freedom of not being constrained in right angles!!"

SO - I decided to go for an orb.

Let me tell you something - I am soooooooo glad I am done with this one finally.  By the time I was nearing the end, there was not even a drop of zen left in me - it was more like a chore.  Add on top of that the fact that I made several stupid mistakes that forced me to have to change the design a bit, & then I had more pen problems.  The biggest being that a 005 micron I was using decided to die, & I went to another one (not brand new, a little bit of wear,) & the difference in the line width was ridiculous!  Anyway... here it is:
tangles used:  hi-c's, hibred, chainlea
This is another case of the smaller the image, the better it looks.  The real diameter of the circle is 6".  I am having a tiny love affair with the tangle hi-c's right now. 

I'll probably give this dare another go before the week's up - but, I can promise something right now - I am OVER hatching... cross hatching... any tight straight lines grouped together.  I had great control over my lines when I started this piece, but by the end, my hand was wobbly & so were the lines.  So there!

As ever, if you've got something you'd like to say - mean, nice, or indifferent - by all means, please comment away.


  1. Sorry this ended up being such a chore as it turned out well. Sometimes after you visit again, can enjoy it more.

  2. You did crack it, but what an odyssee! I think you would have had less trouble with one of the many patterns that prefer NOT to be in a grid but are squeezed into one and labelled 'tangle'. Your centrepiece is certainly not one of them and you have been really heroic about it. In my experience, bales is one of the easiest patterns to distort, with knightsbridge following close on, and anything with lots of lines and a complicated step-out plan should be avoided (I avoid them all the time!). One tip I can offer is to load a pattern into a photo programme and use the distorting function to pull it around and see what happens to it. I didn't do this, but I will next time!

  3. This is beautiful! Great colours and line work!

  4. Poor you! And the result is still very pretty!

  5. I love the way that you used the colored pens in this one!

  6. Personally I like tiles with irregularities like uneven linespace and things like that. It gives your eyes something to do.