I’m a little late getting this posted. I suppose that’s one of the things I really like about these challenges, they don’t have a closing date.
Today I present my entry for Joey’s weekly challenge #86. The challenge is a monotangle using W2. This was one of the first tangles she learned. As I am a sucker for anything that reminds me of textiles I have looked at this tangle pattern for a while. I admit that I wasn’t really excited about this one. It seemed rather basic to me which is why I’ve not really played with it.
I grabbed my sketch book like I usually do to introduce myself to the pattern. The first time around I drew it just like the step out instructs. Then I wondered what would happen if you changed the initial diamonds to circles. That was interesting. I deemed I was comfortable with the pattern and grabbed my tile.
Monotangles are a challenge to me because I like throwing in whatever catches my fancy. I like monotangles though because they force me to really focus on the pattern and in doing so sometimes I really grok the pattern. I knew I didn’t want straight lines. In my mind’s eye I was imagining a piece of fabric that had been very well used. With that in mind I put down my grid generally following the lines of weaving but allowing them to wander a bit.
I spent quite a bit of time on this piece. I rounded corners, smoothed lines and then I shaded. And shaded. And shaded. And then some blending. And more shading. And more. And more.
When I finally finished the tile I showed it to Grandpa. He hadn’t seen it during the process. His first words were “Whoa! Trippy!” I think that’s good. I honestly could have spent several more hours just polishing up the shading. I found it very enjoyable on this tile. But at some point you just have to stop and move to the next one.
Until next time…