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Challenge #101 - Phicops

The heat is still intense here in Melbourne, 39C here today - we should be getting a break tonight/tomorrow morning. We really need it, as everything is drying off so fast! I'm just exhausted and have very little motivation to do anything after about 10am.

Anyway, onto the first diva challenge for the year and a new tangle pattern to play with - fun :) I was up early this morning when it was still cool enough to get some drawing done.

As soon as I saw Phicops I thought of leaves - so went with that idea for my first design:


Next, I played with using s-shapes at random lengths out from a centre point to create, sort of, a flower:


Here's my first experiment with the random line length idea:


Of course, I went off on a tangent, too - I love this flick back shading technique and I started experimenting using tube and cone shapes, changing the direction of joining lines, etc - and though it was random experimentation, some of the results remind me of other patterns like planateen and chainging.


I received the 2013 Tangle Guide in my email this morning (thanks, Linda) - love it! A great reference and so much fun to look through.

Now, I'm heading off to lie on my bed in front of a fan and not move at all except to turn the pages of my book!

hx

Comments

  1. The MOST beautiful shading! it looks wonderful.... I'm sweltering too in Country Victoria.... Tangling by the fan is definitely the order of the day :)

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  2. Really creative interpretations of phicops. I'm definitely going to try to expand on your ideas with my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. I am always amazed and inspired by what you manage to do with a simple pattern! The leaves are gorgeos as is the flower! I really enjoyed seeing the tube and cone play, too =0)

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  4. I knew you would come up with something fabulous! I am blown away with you ingenuity! Wow, oh wow! As you are experiencing a heat wave we have had sub-zero weather here in my part of the desert! (High mountain that is) Last night it took my son 1 hour and a half to go less than 20 miles in a snow storm. Isn't it funny how extremes are happening everywhere! Thanks for sharing your beautiful lined wonders!

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  5. Very soft ,elegant drawings ,I like you're experiment and those variations should be named.It's a pleasure visiting your blog .I'm a bit envious on the warm weather I'm not a winter person.

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  6. The heat hasn't affected your beautiful work. As usual, these are spectacular and I always appreciate your guides to new design. Thank you!

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  7. Oh wow.... these are all spectacular! I love phicops as leaves - so original! And your experimenting with the different lengths is genius. So pretty! Thank you for sharing your tangent with the tube and cone shapes too - very interesting. I always look forward to your posts - LOVE your artwork!

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  8. Love it, love it, love it, especially the leaves.

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  9. Wow! I knew what a creative tangle this is but you really overwhelmed me with your creative versions of phicops. And of course I did know this on before I even looked at your creations, that you would create great variations on this one. I wish we had a little of your warmth, here in the Netherlands its is cold brrrrr...

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  10. you always can make a pattern look so very different as everybody else.
    so only you can do it!
    I love it and admire it

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  11. I love what you've done with Phicops, Helen. I always love to find the "organic" in them, and you've done an amazing job here. So imaginative and beautifully executed. Fantastic!

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  12. Beautiful experiments with phicops. I wish I could be that original. Love your work. BTW it is -20c here in sw Alberta this morning. I won't be going skiing.

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  13. Simply amazing ! Very beautiful work.

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  14. I always look for your submissions and am anxious to see your interpretations...just inventive and beautiful. thanks so much for sharing your patterns and methods for creating. Rosemary

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  15. All 3 are awesome. I like the second one as a flower but also like the randomness in the third. It still has an organic look to it. As usual your shading adds so much dimension to the tangles. Have not done anything with getting the new tangle guide. I got the original. Hope things cool off for you. Here have not really had extreme weather just ever changing. Had snow over the holidays and this weekend is predicted to be in the 60's.

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  16. Outstanding and your shading is truely exquisite!

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  17. Sensational, Helen I adore your random acts of phicops with all the irregular line lengths.

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  18. you have the best ideas! i love the variations you gave us - thanks for sharing your brilliance :)

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  19. Phicops seems to be one of those tangles that lends itself to cool variations. These are beautiful!

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  20. No matter which tangle you touch, it comes to life beautifully. Thanks for sharing your talent, it always inspires me.

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  21. Helen they look great. The second one is my favorite because it looks like a flower. I like your tube and cone samples. Maybe I will see you on Tangle Patterns!

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  22. hi Helen - Happy New Year! I love your variations on Phicops - it has lots of scope, surprisingly to me. Beautiful strong linework as always - thanks for sharing :) at least it's cooled down somewhat - glad you are ok. :)

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  23. You did it again Helen, beautiful work. And even now, in this heat. I would love to send you some cool weather, like here (in the Netherlands) it's 1 C now (at noon).

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  24. You are just so elegant, imaginative and precisely wonderful in all your work!

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  25. So lovely and organic! I love both of these pieces. And your experimentation shows so many possibilities. I love seeing 'raw' things on people's blogs as well as the 'finished' stuff. I must take the time to include that in my own postings because it shows all sorts of other, less developed but just as interesting possibilities. Thanks for sharing,

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  26. Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful comments and feedback :) I really loved playing with this one and would love to revisit - though this never seems to happen, as there's always something else new to play with!

    Though the heat has been pretty extreme here, I generally love the hot weather, just not quite so hot for so long! Thankfully it has cooled down a bit. I must admit, I'd be a total baby with the winter temperatures that some of you experience - where I live the coldest it gets in winter is -1C/30F - that's more than cold enough for me!

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  27. It's amazing, I love tangling with phicops.

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