My challenge to you this week is to use an old favorite undulating C or S curve tangle and work in a series OR find a new one and begin a new series.
- I encourage you to work in a series by returning to an undulating Tangle you have not visited in a while as a revisit often opens new channels of mindful creative thinking.
- My question is did your tangle take on a life of its own beyond that of the original tangle as an expression of your style?
I’ll be honest, this week’s challenge had quite a bit of text. Since the stroke I have a hard time understanding non-fiction if it is more than a paragraph or two. Honestly an update this long takes me several hours to compose. I know what I want to say but translating it is a bit time-consuming. On top of the concentration it takes to read when you add in the element of reading for actual comprehension and understanding…well, life gets tricky for me. So, I did what I usually do, I skimmed for content. After doing this several times I was able to get the key idea. I will add I’m not complaining about the longer post. What I was eventually able to read was packed full of information and great links.
I highly recommend checking out her Pinterest board on C & S curve tangles and in general just looking at her blog. Great inspiration in both places. At the time it was too much input for me but since completing my entry I’ve checked out both. Set aside some time, after all, it is Pinterest.
At that point I became stumped with what to tangle. I looked at some of the entries that were already up. My oh my! Do take a look. It didn’t help me one bit though. When I got stuck trying to figure out what she meant by working on a series I stopped and picked up my pen.
The other day I noticed that after I practiced a tangle pattern on a scrap paper I was able to understand the lines in relation to each other and ended up much happier with my result. As a result I asked Grandpa if we could pick up a spiral bound doodle book. I have several other journals but none of them have blank pages. The night before I practiced a second one and was quickly rewarded with a greater understanding of the tangle pattern I was working.
So I took up my pen and decided that between the options of Indyrella and Sharla Rella, I really liked Sharla Rella better. Off to tangle pattern practice number three. The first Sharla Rella I wasn’t impressed with. The second one was better and by the third one I was having a grand time. I forgot about what I was doing and just drew shapes that pleased me.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post I showed the results to Grandpa and he was rather impressed. I admit, that felt good. And while I don’t think it’s that exciting, I’ll share the page I was playing with from the journal.
After the class on Monday I felt inspired to sit down and work on the tile for this week. My first and middle initials are C & S. I decided that each time I started a new pattern I would make a C & S on the page and then just aura away. And so I did. As I placed the lines I reminded myself to breathe like I learned in class.
Once I filled the tile with all of the Sharla Rella and bits of Indyrella that it asked for, I sat and looked at it. I had no idea what to do next but I knew that part was done. I headed back to the Diva for more inspiration and found it. The ones I noticed I was moved by had worked tangle patterns in after the initial lines were drawn. I went back worked the tangles we had learned in class in bits and pieces along with other shapes that I felt were right.
For the record I also loved the ones that were free of any other tangles and had beautiful coloring and shading done to them but I’m not there yet. My daughter and I had discussed working with watercolor at some point but for now I need to understand shading and the tangle patterns themselves better.
By that time it was 2 am and I figured it was time to give it a rest. Shading was next plus I wanted to look at it with fresh eyes in the morning. Sometimes I will sit and tangle until I’m done. Sometimes I work on a piece for several days or just several sittings.
Today I sat down to do the shading. I have no idea how long it took but I did it in two sittings. I was amazed time after time as my pen, my hand and my brain flowed in perfect synchronization filling in areas I didn’t know needed more detail. Shading this just so. Drawing in another section in an area that I didn’t realize needed one. I had some lovely instrumental music playing from a station on Pandora I just created. I accidentally deleted the Instrumental station I’ve worked years on. It was a lovely time discovering some new music as well.
Before I knew it I was done and now…here it is.