Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Plates" challenge

The guest challenger this week on the DivaCZT's blog is Jeannette Clawson and apparently she is a longtime mandala fan, just like me! Her challenge is to do tiles with a quarter circle, in strips, and maybe put four of them together to make a "plate" design. You can read the challenge and see some of Jeannette's work here.

I wanted to do quite a few because I want to show you some other things you can do with these tiles. I decided to use Bijou tiles - being smaller, I could do more in the same amount of time! Then I discovered that I had hardly any white Bijou tiles, so... you get brown. :)

I drew ten little tiles, pictured below, making two 'plates' and two extras. I used different tangles in all of them (and left out many!).
Of course, if you can make one circle you could make more. Here are nine of my Bijou tiles and you can see how more circles could happen.
With 16 tiles you can make a larger mandala: a 4-tile one in the middle and a border of 3-tile corners. Essentially it's four circles with the central four tiles each turned 180 degrees. (I didn't actually draw more Bijou tiles. I cannibalized some older tan tiles that I had no particular affection for!)
Last year I posted a project where I used this idea with 36 full-size tiles in color. See it at this link.

If you have a lot of tiles, by positioning them differently you can even make a scrolling design!

19 comments:

  1. I love this visual demonstration! Your art is so beautiful and inspiring! I need to start making some "plates."

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  2. Soooooooooooooo magnificent!!! I looked at your linked post too - gorgeous colors! There's something about the Renaissance Tan tiles, though, and the rich brown ink with shading and highlighting. :D These just sparkle with zing! What a wonderful command of this art form you have, Margaret!! <3

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  3. Your work is simply stunning and the amount of detail you managed to get onto a Bijou tile without it looking forced is quite impressive. I've never worked with Bijou tiles, but you have inspired me to try to use some to be able to do a mosaic with more tiles than the four I did. I followed your link to see the 36 square "quilt" mosaic you did. It is fantastic. I urge anyone who didn't make the trip over there to go ahead and follow the link.

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  4. WOW...What a lot of work you have done, and all so beautiful.
    The diversity of tangles gives a wonderful contrast.
    You are such an inspiration for all of us tanglers.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love the way you made this on Bijou! I'll remember the idea!πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  6. This is an excellent way to showcase different patterns and because they are in bands, there's no worry about how to link one pattern to another - which is something I struggle with. Your patterning must be really small to fit so much onto bijou tiles and the finished product is dizzying.

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  7. Thank you Margaret for this inspiring post wit gorgeous work. The way you draw the tangles and can "play" with them is always a delight to see. The use of a braun pen instead of black pen is beautiful and I love that scrolling design!

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  8. Hahaha! While I struggle to get ONE quarter tile done, you produce them en mass. All these tiles are so beautifully drawn with so many different tangles... it simply blows my mind! The 16-tile plate is my fav.

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  9. Oh my, so many beautiful ways to combine these little tiles. Love it!

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  10. I'll have to get some Bijou tiles just to try this out! :-D I love all those combinations. Or, if it comes to it, I can cut up some more 6" artist tiles and make lots of 3" tiles to try this out on. Uh oh! You got me going now. ;-) Very beautiful, as always. Thanks for all your inspiration.

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  11. Love the places you go - especially the serpentine look - fun!

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  12. This is very beautiful and inspiring! I love the details you made on the little Renaissance bijous in brown colour. And the different excamples as mosaiks are gorgeous. Thank you for your inspiration!

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  13. Wow ... that´s fantastic! So many beautiful Bijoux! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. unbelievable. except I know it's you, so it is believable!

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  15. Wow. Sorry it took me so long to get to your entry for my challenge, but I'm so glad I finally saw this. You have inspired me to take my plates to a whole new leve! These are stunning.

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    1. Thanks so much Jeanette! Glad you like them.

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