I hadn’t had a chance to check out the Diva’s challenge yet this week before my daughter so she described it to me. The idea of stripes was confusing until I read the post for myself. Upon reading it initially I was thinking of just doing zenith and paradox but I thought it would be a fun chance to check out some of the border tangle patterns I had seen.
I ended up going with Borbz which is a pattern my daughter had been telling me she enjoyed. Definitely a good one. Fandango is a possible new favorite and I can imagine several variations. Trumpits and JessiCup I have played with before. I wasn’t crazy about Snail when I practiced it until I changed the line to an aura. Pots-N-Pans has always amused me to look at but I wasn’t expecting it to be so delightful to draw. I’m thinking at some point I might feature that in a tile if not make it a monotangle. Partay was thrown in as a filler because there was too much white space around Pots-n-Pans. My daughter says it reminds her of the Tostito Bowl ads. I think my most zen moment came while drawing Watusee. It was very late at night. Normally I have music or TV on but this night it was silence. I was staying with my daughter a few days. I’ve been reminding myself to breathe and started drawing the C’s on the exhale. That’s when I noticed that Ossa (my grand puppy and quite possibly the worlds sweetest pit bull) had fallen asleep and was softly exhaling at the same rhythm I was drawing. I hated for that moment to end. For a few minutes it was just me, Ossa, our soft exhales and the ink. It wasn’t until I was shading that I realized Watusee needed a bit of a border. I was going to aura it but I wanted to have sharp points on the aura. After I did the points I found that instead of connecting the V’s that it needed to be a dot instead. Also an enjoyable moment.
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