Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wide Open Spaces

The Diva Challenge this week is to use a specified string.  The first thing I do when I see an oval or teardrop shape is to fill it with purk. I decided specifically to NOT fill that big space but to wait and see what it needed after I did the rest.

Since the string reminded me of one of my beginner strings, I thought back to my CZT training and the tangles I learned.  Maria taught us her new tangle: betweed and Rick taught us his 'nzeppel.  I also used pokeroot, a tangle I rarely use. After seeing Maria's wonderful version in their new book, I thought I'd give it another go.  Still don't like my pokeroot, but they can't all be a favorite.

So, what are your favorite tangles to use?  Do you have any that you just don't like to do?  Enquiring minds want to know...





22 comments:

  1. I love purk but to leave it blank surrounding it with gorgeousness....pure genius!

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    1. I don't know about genius. Just a happy accident. But thank you all the same.

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  2. This is a terrific take on this challenge. I love it!

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  3. Oh Cris, your tile is splendid, tripoli, purk and mooka are my favourites.

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    1. Thanks, Shelly. I also love purk, but tripoli and mooka are both on my naughty list. If I could do them as well as you...then maybe they could move to the nice list.

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  4. You made a very beautiful tile. I love this open space! I myself did put Purk in the open space :-)
    I like a lot of tangles, but really don't like Sankegg. Probably because I just cannot draw it.

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    1. I agree with you 100% on Sankegg.

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  5. Really like this tile. Like the effect the shading gives of the betweed being rounded. Nice job. Always fascinated by the different takes people have .

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  6. Such a beautiful example of 'less is more.' This is a wonderful tile!

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    1. Thanks. I tend to usually be in the "more is more" camp, but it is nice to 'switch sides' on occasion.

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  7. I love the way you left the open space, it is really effective

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  8. I also made a conscious choice to NOT use Purk in the teardrop, although I did use others instead. I go through pauses of using a few tangles all the time and then moving on to something different. There are a few I don't use because I don't draw them well (like sank egg!) or I just don't care for the effect they give, but I won't name names! Nice negative space!

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  9. An arch to fairytale land - brilliant!

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  10. Love you work! It is very beautiful. My favorites change frequently, now nzeppel is high on my list, I also love betweed and paradox.

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  11. I too passed on purk but didn't leave much open - love what your use of this string.

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  12. I think the negative space was a great idea! I used Betweed in my tile too - and I rarely use that one, though I love it! I love Paradox, and have to say that it's probably my favorite. My least favorite would probably be Mooka - I love seeing other people do it, but I don't like it when I do it. I guess I have to just keep practicing!

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    1. Zach, I agree with you abou Mooka. And for the same reason :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. beautiful white open space. The betweed is verry impressive. Love the way you did it.

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  14. The arched look is super. And you did good to leave that teardrop alone. I would have had the same trouble. Love to fill every space....am practicing to leave openness, but it is hard...lol

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  15. Chris, this is lovely! I love the way you have rounded betweed; leaving the teardrop is perfect here so we can appreciate your other tangles. My fav's are a few I first learned: cadent, ornamato, and bales with all it's tangelations. I try not to use them too often though...

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    1. Sue - I love cadent, bales, and omamato, but I don't use them too often in my own work either. I think it is because I so often teach them in my beginner class. Hmm. I didn't think about rounding betweed. I was just following my string. Guess I had my zen on. Thanks!

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