Thursday, July 28, 2016

Running 'round in circles

I often feel that way.
"I need to do this!"
"I forgot to call so-and-so!"
"I need to do that, too!"
"I'm late with... something!"
"I'm supposed to plan this thing!"
"I also need to plan that thing!"
Thus felt the DivaCZT on her recent wonderful, but whirlwind, family vacation. Thus her challenge this week: use circles. Any way. Any how.

I've always loved circles. For more than a decade I focused on mandala artwork, drawn, painted, and mixed media. So this challenge was right up my alley, and as often happens in that situation, I move from one idea to the next fairly quickly. I had the notion that we were to do concentric circles, so that's what I began with, often using a blind string.

My first tile was three circles in classic black on white.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Paisley Boa, Pearlz, Prestwood, and
Tortuca, plus stripes, lines and Auras
Next I tried four circles in color.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Diva Dance, Knase, Niuroda, Perfs,
Paisley Boa, 
Pearlz, and Wud plus lines and spirals
Third tile, a tan tile. I love working in browns on these tiles even though brown in definitely not my favorite color.
Tangles: Ennies, Paisley Boa, Pearlz, Snaylz, Tipple and more
I had really wanted to try Tina-Akua Hunziker's recent tangle Niuroda so I got out a zendala tile and went to town.

Back to black and white. I was quite taken with a pattern I'd seen earlier today of interlocking circles with Rounding at the intersections. It turns out it's Bublz from Lori Byerly.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bublz, Drupe, Ogen, Tipple
and circles with Rounding.
The broken apart Drupe in that previous tile gave me an idea: use tangles that are circular in format (or could be) and use only parts of them. Here's the result.
Tangles: Arukas, Cirqital, Daggerly, Drupe, Tipple, and Zonked

28 comments:

  1. All wonderful - I especially like those slightly squared off spirals - which might be a better way for me to live with my own imperfect spirals!

    I recognised that cirles with rounding, checked through my sketchbooks and it's Bublz by Lori Byerly - http://allthingstangled.com/bubbles/

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    1. Thanks for that. I've updated my post to include Bublz.
      If the "slightly squared off spirals" are in the first tile, it's a single line version of Tortuca.

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    2. Ok - bad explanation on my part - I mean your general approach to spirals and cirles - the basic string of them - you have a unique slightly cornered approach. It's so you and I love it, and I want to try it!

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    3. Agree! (And I really liked the one you created for the FB group, Ray!) True circles, if I approach them Zentangle-ish and don't use a glass or something to trace them, just make me fussy. Going to try some of these myself. Maybe that's my tile for today. :)

      Your work is always such a wonderful inspiration, Margaret. :)

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  2. Hi Margaret I've seen that interlocking circles tangle called bublz I think by Lori Byerly. It's on a tangle patterns app I have. This is a wonderful range of tangles here I've very much enjoyed looking at them all.

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    1. thank you! I've updated the post to include Bublz.

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  3. I love the tan tile. I mean they are all amazing!!! But there is something with the monotone coloring.
    Really excellent work!

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  4. The broken up Drupe idea is wonderful. I especially love your Renaissance tile. I struggle with tanned tiles so often, which is odd because I can work with colours just fine... Perhaps it's a mental block? I'm working on overcoming that fear. :)

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    1. It's curious. I seem to work very well with browns, yet I don't really like brown and NEVER wear it!

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  5. These tiles just make me smile! Love your style....Cool how you can have patterns create their own shading.

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  6. Your work is stunning as always! I believe the Rounded circles tangle is called Bublz, by Lori Byerly.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks. Great to have others who know things I don't! :)

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  7. WOW! Wonderful circles and colors! Love them all!

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  8. So many awesome interpretations of circles - my favorite is the tan!

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  9. I love those beautitul tiles. You have so much inspiration, so can bring so much variation in your work and all the tiles are so special: black and white, braun or colors but for this challenge, I just love the "broken Drupe" and the Niuroda.

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  10. Really creative tiles! I really enjoy your site.

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  11. Wow!!!! I keep looking at these tiles; they are all gorgeous and I find it impossible to pick a favorite.

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  12. Gosh I LOVE your art, Margaret!!! Every tile you've posted has something juicy & fascinating to offer. Drama, surprise, 3-D, softness, boldness, pizzaz. In addition to the delight it brings me to gaze upon your tiles, I learn so much from what you share. I derive much inspiration from your blog. Thank you!!! :)

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    1. Thank you Jan! I always find when I do a series on a theme that wonderful developments and insights happen.

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  13. Wow! I can't even begin to pick which is my favorite! So much work and so beautifully done!

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  14. They are all beautiful! But I am stunned by the rennaisancetile!

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  15. Oh my goodness… every single one of these makes me want to look closer and longer! I'm going to come back and spend some time enjoying these!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I trust you'll find something interesting!

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  16. Wow! Stunning work, as always. It's such a pleasure to see what you submit for these challenges Margaret. I love the way you play with them and come up with so many different ideas. I always learn something from your blog. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Lezli. Happy to be an inspiration!

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  17. Ohmigosh! This is all so beautiful. I have a Travelling Tangle in front of me that was started on a renaissance tile and I'm inspired. I'll be lifting a few techniques;-) I'll tag you when I post my finished tile. Thank you so much for so generously sharing your amazing work and one of these days I hope to be online at the same time you post one of your Travelling Tangles to swap. I just keep missing them:-(

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    1. Thank you Michele! I've added you to a list I started today - a "waiting list" for travelling tangles! Next time I have some I'll tag you all. Looking forward to seeing your finished tan tile.

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