Tuesday, 25 November 2014

195 Diva: Turning old into new

I am the Diva challenge number 195.

First of all I must apologize for not attempting last week's challenge.  I'm afraid my arthritis is much worse in my left hand than in my right, which is lucky for a right handed person, but made doing the challenge impossible as I can't hold a pencil or pen in my non-dominant hand without a great deal of pain.  So no entry.

This week's challenge is fun!  I couldn't decide which way to go: gridding a freeform tangle or freeforming a grid, so I did both.

Pais is one of my favourite patterns and it was fun to put it into a grid:

And then I had to do it the other way.  This time Well begins in it's grid at the bottom and then escapes into the tile, mutates in various forms and escapes the tile, and shading, completely.

Just a note on comments.  I love comments.  They warm my heart and keep me motivated.  Thank you so much. 

In return I try to comment on as many entries as I can, which is usually quite a lot.  However,  I've found I can't comment on Google + because it crashes my computer, and if I haven't proved I'm not a robot after the second attempt, I stop, because I figure only a robot would continue to try.  So that may explain why you don't have a comment from me.  I don't mind the numbers, but those letters are very difficult.  I wish we could do without those letters altogether.

Have a happy week.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Every Inchie Monday: x-axis

This week's word at Every Inchie Monday is x-axis.  Wow.  I love to work outside the box, but this one is the box.  I came up with very little except a chart.  I have a friend who said I should just draw a line and call it the x-axis, without adding the y-axis, but I thought that would be as confusing as trying to explain the idea is.

So here is my very boring, not even pretty, chart.  I couldn't even think of anything interesting to graph.  And I didn't  include the sometimes used z axis because I don't know what it is for.  I liked math in school, but would never survive a job in today's world that required the use of graphs.

One slightly more interesting thing I found while researching the topic is that there is a company called X-axis that manufactures tires for racing bikes, so here is a second inchie:

I guess some week's the brain simply won't function creatively.  I'm looking forward to inspiration from other people's inchies.

Hope your week is in the black.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Weapon

Hello Inchers,

This week's word at Every Inchie Monday is weapon.  Here is my offering (sorry it's a bit messy; I meant to redo it a final time, but forgot to do so before Sunday night):

Have a peaceful week.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

193 Diva: Tritangle THX

This week at I am the Diva the assignment is to draw a tritangle using Huggins, Trio and Xyp, the first letters of which spell thx (thanks).   It is also in honour of November 11, which in Canada we call Remembrance Day.  I have a lot to be thankful for, but one of the things that makes me proud is that both of my parents served in WW2.  As a teenager, they started dropping bombs on my mother's home, so she joined the Royal Air Force in England.  My father joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.  They met, and in 1945 married, which made my mother a war bride, and they came back to Canada.   They are both gone now and I miss them terribly.

One of my challenges as a tangler is to integrate patterns together.  I can put them side by side, but I have trouble making them look as if they belong together.  I would like to be able to make them organic and flowing, but still am having trouble.  I was limited timewise making this tile, so I only half succeeded in my goal.  The patterns look ok together, but they don't mesh organically.  A challenge in progress.

The three red trios are meant to represent red poppies.  Lest we forget.

Have a thoughtful week.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Wheat

Hello Folks,

It's Monday again and time for Every Inchie Monday.  This week's word is wheat.  I tried a number of times to draw some sheaves of wheat, but they didn't pass my standards.  So I did a couple of different things. 

Of course wheat makes me think of cereal.  Ceres, goddess of agriculture, grain crops, and fertility is often depicted carrying wheat.  But I couldn't draw her either.  So I took the easy way out.

Now regular Cheerios aren't made from wheat, but the Multigrain ones contain wheat, so these qualify.

My second inchie goes off on a tangent, as I am wont to do. 

This is a wheaton terrier. 

Have a healthy week.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Diva 192: Seton

This week's challenge at I am the Diva is a UMT (use my tangle) with the tangle Seton.  I really like this pattern - it is kind of Art Deco-y, which I love.  It also reminds me of a quilt, and being a quilter I couldn't resist emphasizing that aspect of the pattern. 

This particular tangle is a little larger than normal - about 7" x 7" because I wanted to have room for all the detail of the patterns.

Have a decorative week!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Violet

Where do the days go?  I can't believe it's time for another Every Inchie Monday.  This week's word is violet.  I love the colour words.  I found when making this inchie that some of my beads, such as the large Swarovski cube, were really too heavy for the fabric background I was using.  Also the fabric kept fraying and if I kept cutting off all those ends it would have ended up a half-inchie!

Also, for some reason, I drew a violet crayon, but I used an Inktense pencil to colour it.  How I loved those 64 crayon boxes with the sharpener as a kid. 


Have a colourful week.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Diva 191: Betweed

This week's assignment from I am the Diva is to draw a monotangle using Betweed.

I'm quite late posting because it has been a difficult week in Canada.  We -- I,  have gone from outrage, to pride, to intense sorrow at having to bury a hometown boy.  (Here's a reference if you don't know what I'm talking about.)  I haven't felt much like creating art and it was difficult to know how much to include in this post, as this should be a place of art, not politics or world affairs.  I've written this post half a dozen times, from saying nothing, to pictures.  But I won't be visiting everyone's site this week, as I usually do, which needed some explanation.  Please forgive the lack of comments. 

 Still, we must continue life as usual or else the bad guys win.  So here is my rather lackluster Betweed monotangle: