Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Diva Challenge #284, Made by Joey #130 and a few Travelling Tangles

Tripoli Monotangle
aaaaahhhh....uuuurrrggghh! Tripoli. I do love Tripoli. I love it when done by the capable hands of others. I don't know why such a simple pattern vexes me so. It all starts off well, but for me it goes off-the-rails quickly. That's why I kept this one small. It worked;-) I made a ton of ATC's using this awesome coloring technique by Susan Rink Olsen, and used the colors as a suggestion of a string. I've been collecting triangle fragment fills in my sketchbook and intend to have another go at this. someday.
Finish my Tile: Tipple corners

Joey started this weeks tile:
I'm back to the ATC's this week.

I got overly ambitious with my Traveling Tangle commitments so I've gotta get caught up. I was so happy to see some Diva regulars over at The Travelling Tangles Project this week, so I was anxious to get some exchanges going.
Anyhoo...first up was this gorgeous bundle of fun from Anne Marks in Australia. She sent me a lovely laminated bookmark. I love this idea. I'm gonna steal it;-)

Here's how I finished it. I had to ponder this for quite a while before I had the courage to take my pen to it. I see this a lot in the comments over at the TTP. Fear of ruining someone else's art. I went through a stack of my favorite tiles until I found something I thought would compliment Anne's line work. This was inspired by a piece I'd done several months ago, prompted by another Aussie, Helen Williams at A Little Lime. I love how this turned out. We can be our own inspiration!

This next beauty graced my mailbox a few days ago from Toby Schwartz in Illinois. The prompt was an Autumn inspired piece. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to open my mailbox the day I received this:

Here's my finish. This was such a joy to complete. I love Sandswirl. I could draw it forever.

If you're not yet tired of looking at my Travelling Tangles, check out my post from this weekend. It includes my collaborations with the amazing Margaret Bremner and the lovely Simone Menzel. My String Challenge entry is there too.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Your thoughtful and generous comments delight and inspire me.



32 comments:

  1. I'm not tired at all of looking at your traveling tiles, on the contrary: they are always amazing, so delicious to see, all of them, also your Diva's tile en the Joey's tile are beautiful. My favorite for this week is your Joey's!!!

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    1. Thanks Ria! I have to admit I got a little carried away with that one (the Joey ATC). It was fun.

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  2. Such beautiful art, Michele. I love the collection of works because I get to see a number of gorgeous tiles and works in progress. Enjoyable and educational.

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    1. Thanks Lori! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

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  3. These are all just so shiny and luscious! I'm excited to swap with you...your tile went in the mail yesterday so you should receive it soon! I can hardly wait...

    But these works are all scrumptious. Love LOVE that leaf with the black pearls on it, and you finished it so perfectly. What a cool owl all over the envelope, too! what fun.

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    1. Thanks HeidiSue! I'm looking forward to our exchange too;-) I'll be sending yours out on Friday. I have this weird, obsessive post office routine;-)

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  4. Your Tripoli is gorgeous. I think it would be very intimidating to complete someone else's tile. You, however, added such nice tangling to the started work. Good for you to be so brave!

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    1. Thank you Jean! Yes, it can be intimidating and each one takes a considerable amount of time to ponder and more often than not, uncertainties abound throughout the process. The beauty is, that when it's done, the satisfaction and thrill is so much greater than anything I can really describe. If it was easy what would we learn? "Do one thing each day that scares you"-Eleanor Roosevelt

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  5. An absolute pleasure to visit you again after a bit of a break in my tangling activities, Michele. I love the colours you are using and your tiles are even more delicious than ever! Axxx

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    1. Thank you so much Annie! I happy to "see" you back;-)

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  6. And (again) I love the work you show here.

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    1. Thank you Anne! Once I reign in my current Travelling Tangle commitments, I'd love to exchange some art with you;-)

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  7. I like all your tiles. Your sandswirl catches my eye the most, probably because I can't draw it.

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    1. Thanks Miss L! Sandswirl is definitely one of my "Mac 'n Cheese" go-to's;-) I'm really trying bring Tripoli into the fold, we'll see....

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  8. Your blog is so inspiring! I Love your way of doing Tripoli! And those gems of yours!❤️

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    1. Thanks Anita! Tripoli is definitely a work-in-progress for me;-) Anne's gems are pretty awesome. I'm really pleased with how that tile finished off.

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  9. Awesome tangles! I really like Sandswirl, but I haven't gotten the knack for doing it so well yet. You inspire me not to give up on it.

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda! It just takes practice and you really have to take your time with it. I think that's why I enjoy it so much. I'm hoping I can apply the same tactic to Tripoli;-)

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  10. I love your work so much! I think I've worked out your attention to detail with shading and highlight is part of what gives your work such uniqueness. I love all of these. The Joey ATC is gorgeous, and the travelling tangle inspired.

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    1. Thanks Suse! It really all happens in the shading and highlighting for sure;-) I guess that's why I like working on the colored tiles so much because the white pen/pencil highlights stand out so well.

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  11. Oh yeah, Michele, your tripoli is brilliant!
    It is a tangle with such a lot of beautiful possibilities...!
    All the other tiles on your post are beautiful as well... , especially the sandswirl!

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    1. Thank you Simone! This challenge definitely inspired further study of Tripoli. I'm determined to bring this into the "Mac 'n Cheese" family of faves;-)

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  12. So much gorgeousness Michele! Congratulations on a lovely collection of tiles.

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    1. Thanks Michele! I think I had one of your pieces open on Mosaic whilst working on Tripoli;-)

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  13. Tripoli! I also have a love/hate relationship with it. But I like your tile a lot.

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    1. Thanks Susan! I keep working on it;-)

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  14. So many wonderful pieces! It´s difficult to decide for a favorite. Especially I like your Tripoli tile!

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    1. Thanks Annette! I'm actually sending you a Tripoli ATC for our swap:-)

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  15. Such beautiful tiles! Really nice work.

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  16. Many tiles with gorgeous colors. Nice tanglations of Tripoli!

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  17. Your Joey tile is very colourful and beautiful and I like your travelling tangles, especially the Sandswirl one. I am also a fan of Sandswirl.

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