Monthly Archives: May 2015

Straight Lines Reign…

The Diva Challenge this week is to use ONLY straight lines.  Ah, the challenge is with so many options, which tangles to use?

As my mind reviewed the many tangles I could think of that used only straight lines, I wished that I could use them all. I had to choose… Paradox? Trivet?  Arukas?  Avreal?  The list grew longer and longer.  My first decision was to use ING because, even though it is composed of straight lines, it has movement. Next was Weben because I really enjoy shading this tangle, which brings it alive.  Then it became what other tangle/tangles to use to complement these two tangles?  I decided to use Mimi Lampart”s tangle, Miander..another tangle that is fun to shade.

My first thought was to color the tile with red, white and blue in honor of Memorial Day.  However, I have yet to figure out which pencils to combine to get a rich, cherry red.  I keep getting an orangy red, that doesn’t really appeal to me. (If anyone knows which Prismacolor pencils to use to get a cherry red, I’d love to hear from you!)  So I opted for different combination of colors and decided to use the spring colors inspired by my Irises –  purple and green.

Here’s my tile for this week’s challenge:

Tangles: Weben, ING, Miander Colored with Prismacolor Pencils

Tangles: Weben, ING, Miander
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils

Photo of the Iris (taken last year) that inspired the colors in the tile:

Purple Iris from my garden

Purple Iris from my garden

After looking at the above tile, I felt that something was off.  So, using the same tangles I did another tile.  This time, ING is larger and seperated from the other tangles giving, to my eye anyway, more balance between the tangles.  I decided to change it up a bit and used aqua and purple to color the tile.

Here is the second tile:

Diva Challenge May 26 Tile 2

Tangles: Weben, ING, and Miander Colored with Prismacolor Pencils



Time to see how other people have interpreted this challenge and which tangles they chose to accomplish the goal of using only straight lines.  I encourage you to look at the submissions on the Diva Challenge blog.  I wonder what I will learn from this group of tiles?  I always learn something! 🙂

As always, I am so grateful to all who leave me comments and I try to leave a reply to all comments.  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,

Learn Zentangle in Vernon, CT
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