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Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIVA Challenge #142 Comfort/Danger Zone

In our DIVA's own words we are challenged to do the following:

This week's challenge to find your comfort zone, and to move beyond it...into...the DANGER ZONE!  Only you know what it is that makes you feel 'safe' in the zentangle world.  This week, you can either dip a toe into the waters of the Danger Zone, or you can choose to cliff dive, fully clothed into the waters!! A little or a lot, it's up to you!

I thought about this one a lot and was going to do a black tile, because working with white on black is still a little uncomfortable for me.  Then a couple of days ago, I glanced at a book that proudly sits on my coffee table.  You know that one, the best book out there on Zentangle....The Book of Zentangle by Rick and Maria


I absolutely love the tile on the cover of this book!  I look at it a lot and marvel at how the lines weave in, out, and around each other all so effortlessly.  I also love the way they wrap around the edges and have so much dimension

Well, back to my "Danger Zone"......I have always struggled with the tangle "Umble".  I can't begin to tell you how many tiles I have thrown away when I try to add that tangle.  Not sure what it is, but I just have not been able to make it work.  So, should I "dip a toe" in the waters of the danger zone and just do a monotangle of Umble, or "cliff dive, fully clothed into the Umble Danger Zone.  I decided to cliff dive

I drew some different size circles going off the corners of my tile, and then dived into Umble.  After studying Maria's tile awhile for inspiration, I knew I had no idea how to make it weave so beautifully, but I had to start somewhere, so I dived in and just kept adding lines in the "Hollibaugh fashion" (under each other) until at last my tile was filled.  It took me a long time, because I went very slow.  While it doesn't have that beautiful effortless looking weave that Maria attains, I am quite happy with it.  Some of the edges actually look like they are wrapping around...yay!  Maybe, I will try to add Umble to my work more often...maybe? 

Thanks Laura, this was truly a challenge for me!

12 comments:

  1. A 'wow' from me too. I do LOVE this one.

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  2. I'm glad you jumped into Umble, and I have to admit, I am alsoo always drawn to the cover of the book how beautiful this tile is done. I have to admit that yours is looking quite as good as Maria's. You convinced me that I have to dive into Umble too! Thnx for your beautiful tile!

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  3. This is really super, you have done so well.

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  4. Nice job.. Like the perspective you achieved. Does have a rounded effect. I have not used this one much either. There really are a lot that I have not used.

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  5. Your Umble is amazing, what a wonderful inspiration and you've done it beautifully! I've tried it but it always find this tangle challenging you make me want to try it again!

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  6. WOW! wow wow wow wow wow. This is absolutely incredible. Umble scares me - I want to do it so badly, but I get super anxious even thinking about starting it! You are one of my very favorites!

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  7. Spectacular! Love your tile and now I'm inspired to follow in your foot-steps and try umble one more time....Thank you!

    Jacque Solomon
    www.tanglebright.com

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  8. Really well done, this looks amazing! I've never used Umble, but now you've inspired me to try it… (and I love how you used the circles to define the contours).

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  9. Ummm, I never even thought of umble while looking at the book. I just considered it to be Hollibaugh. I've tried several times to re-create the hearts and have never gotten as close as you. Really NICE work!

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