UMT Challenge: All Boxed Up…

First, CONGRATULATION to Laura Harms (aka The Diva), for completing your 10K run!

For those new to the Diva Challenge, the first Monday of each month is the UMT Challenge.  UMT is Use My Tangle, where Laura chooses one tangle from those submitted.  This month the pattern is called, “All Boxed Up” by Alice Hendon, CZT.  Along with the step-outs, Alice shows variations of this tangle.

I really had to focus to do this tangle and had to practice it in my sketchbook before I committed it to a tile.  I found myself doing the pattern “up” when I meant to do it “down.”  (This will make more sense after you see the step-outs.) After I got the hang of it, I loved doing this tangle. After I shaded it, it reminded me of the tangle, Zuan Shi.  The step-outs are different, but the overall effect is similar. “All Boxed Up” definitely put me into my zone. Thanks to Alice Hendon and Laura for introducing me to this new tangle.

This is my tile for this week, where I decided use the purple and aqua color scheme from my second tile last week:

Tangles: All Boxed Up and Marasu Colored with PrismaColor Pencils

Tangles: All Boxed Up and Marasu
Colored with PrismaColor Pencils

Now that I finished my tile I am going to see how others have used this versatile tangle. And, I invite you to look at the submissions on the Diva Challenge blog. I hope you find these tiles as inspiring and educational as I do.

As always, I am so grateful to all who leave me comments and I try to leave a reply to all of them.  Your comments are a great source of encouragement and support.  To those who left comments last week, a huge THANK YOU!

Until next time,
Sending smiles,

24 Responses to UMT Challenge: All Boxed Up…

  • At last, another tangler who had to practice this seemingly simple tangle—and a fellow CZT, no less. I had the same problem. I’d get too zoned out or preoccupied thinking about other things and I’d get my ups going down or vice versa (you know what I mean). You’ve used two of my favorite colors and the All Boxed up makes for a nice background tangle in your tile. Good one!

    • Thanks Suzanne. Well said. Yes, while there are no mistakes in Zentangle, if I drew a section up when it was meant to go down, it interrupted the pattern of the tangle. Great tangle to practice focus and my deep breathing techniques. 🙂

  • I hadn’t realised, until I saw this, how colour could be used to enhance this pattern. The barberpole swirl is equally effective and the overall effect is excellent. I do really like this tile.

    • Thanks Maggibee. It was getting late and I thought about leaving this tile black and white and shading with my pencil. But I really love adding color to my tiles, so I decided to take the time to color it. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

  • This colour scheme works so well for All Boxed Up! Marasu fits nicely in this composition.

    • Thank you Ilse. All Boxed Up is a versatile tangle that I plan to use again. Marasu is one of my favorite tangles because it is so much fun to shade! Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  • I like your approach to this challenge!

  • I like your color choices, they really enhance the tile and bring out the swirl in the front. Very nice!

    • Thank you Suzanne. One of the charming things about both All Boxed Up and Marasu is that they come “alive” when they are shaded. It is so much fun! 🙂

  • Love the Purple and the blue colors. Beautifully done !

    • Thanks Jay. Glad you liked the colors and delighted that you took the time to leave a comment. 🙂

  • gorgeous colors! Nicely done!

    • Thanks Sue. It has become another “favorite” combination. Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

  • Ooooh the color is such a nice touch! It really highlights the tangle beautifully.

    • Thanks, Cari. It seems, from the comments, that it is a winning combination. I appreciate your comments and “vote” for the colors! 🙂

  • So wonderful look for “All Boxed Up”! Very lovely tile!

  • What a lovely tile, love the colours.

  • I know that I’m a bit late on this, but haven’t had a chance to make it around to all the blogs yet. Your UMT for All Boxed Up is lovely and the colors you have used are beautifully chosen. Nice tile!

    • Thank you LezliB! It is never too late to be encourage by your comment. I appreciate that you took the time to write it and happy that you liked the tile and the color. 🙂

  • thanks for trying my new tangle All Boxed Up! i love the way it looks in color 🙂

    • Thank you Alice. What an honor to have the tangle’s creator comment on my tile. It makes me feel so good! 🙂

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