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Challenge #252 - Tangle within a Tangle

It's been a few months since I've participated in one of the diva challenges but today I had enough of a reprieve from helping John put up the framework for his new shed to check out what was happening this week.

The theme? Use a tangle as a string and then draw a tangle inside it.

Here's mine:


A single line of Heartswell forms the string, I then filled sections with Jonqal.

It didn't come out quite how I wanted, but that's the way it goes. I feel like some of my linework is a bit clumsy - not only haven't I really drawn much for a couple of months, I'm getting used to drawing with new glasses - my first set of multifocals - they make me feel old. haha. If you're shortsighted like me, it's such an insult to wear glasses (almost) your whole life and then have your reading vision go on you eventually too! Really not fair at all!

hx

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  1. I don't see anything clumsy in this tangle at all. It looks great to me.

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  2. So simple, yet elegant! As always

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  3. What a beautyful tile. I love the touch of colour and your shading is just great.

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    1. Thank you! I don't use much colour usually, but hearts definitely need a touch of red sometimes :) h

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  4. Thank you Helen for your very inspirational work. I have only been tangling about 6 months and yet it is taking me to (creative) places I have never been before (and I am a wrinkly !)Love it all.
    Pauline

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    1. Thank you, Pauline! It's wonderful that you've found your way to tangling - I find it such a relaxing pastime :) h

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  5. I have started doing the diva challenge too - such fun! I love this interpretation so delicate nd flowing (as your work usually is!) Thanks for the ongoing inspiration!

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    1. It's a great way to stretch yourself, Lynne. I haven't been a "regular" for quite some time, but when I was I tried to meet all the challenges, even the ones that didn't fit with my style - it would often send me in directions I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. h

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  6. Everything you draw is beautiful, I am a big fan of your work!!!

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  7. Beautiful and a good starting point for some Valentine cards. Nice to see you having some time for tangling.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Time to draw has been few and far between of late, but we're looking at a wet few days which usually means me spending some time at my desk :) h

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  8. HaHa, Helen, you are too funny. Clumsy? I wish I were as "clumsy" as you :) Your work is always a joy to look at and this piece is simply stunning! I'm glad you were able to join us this week.

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    1. Thank you, Jean :) I really had to resist taking off my glasses to draw - which is how I have been doing it for the past couple of years, it's a bit of an adjustment but I am determined :) h

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  9. Just wait until you have to prop reading glasses between the bifocals and your drawing. I can't find a good distance for my laptop without getting a neck strain. Uugh, old age.

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    1. What mostly prompted me to get the multifocals (mine have 3 focal lengths - reading, computer and distance) was that I was drawing without glasses then having to put on my glasses to look up at the computer screen - my vision would be blown trying to transition between these two focal lengths. Also it wasn't doing my neck, back and hips a lot of good leaning over so far to be able to see my drawing clearly, something had to give. Now I just have to keep reminding myself to keep the glasses on when I'm drawing as it's such a habit to take them off!

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  10. Your work is always impressive and inspiring. I love your contrasts and color. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Lucy :) I don't use a lot of colour, but love a touch of red on heart designs.

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  11. Ha! You have such grace and motion in all of your work, this is no different. Thank you for sharing the beauty you create.

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  12. Doesn't look like you had any problem to me, but I know sometimes it can feel like it when you go back to something and haven't been doing it for awhile. It's kind of like getting your "sea legs" back! Beautifully elegant tile.

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    1. Thank you! It does take me a while to "warm up" after a break from drawing.

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  13. Gorgeous! Your work is always wonderful.

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  14. It may not have gone the way you wanted it to go, but it sure went on a great adventure. I love the simplicity and beauty!

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  15. Thanks for a fun idea, Helen. I think I'll use this string to make the "hearts" into gems for a valentine card for my husband. You give me so many ideas. I'm a huge fan!

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  16. Not quite February but the hearts and touch of red fits in with the upcoming Valentines celebrations. Always enjoy seeing what you come up with. Your work always seems to have such a nice flow to it.

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  17. This tangle is ideal for the Diva's Challenge. It is one of my favourite patterns, you are so clever to be able to invent tangle patterns. Beautifully drawn as always.

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  18. Good to 'see' you here again, Helen, and with such a lovely composition. I have multifocals for some years now and I still prefer to read without them....

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  19. Beautiful tile! You have a very special style - I would tell it "powerful" Love it!

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  20. Just beautiful, a lovely Valentine preview. Glad you found the time.

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  21. I really like your tangle within a tangle. I'm glad you got to sit down for a bit and do this. Inspires me to get one done myself.

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