Monday, June 29, 2015

New Week (June 28) - New Challenges

This week marks the last few days of June, and beginning of July (know as July Fry in these parts) ... so the challenge of beating the heat is upon us ~ a lot of time staying cool is in order, which spending time tangling plays right into that wheelhouse ...

To begin the week (June 28) we have Tangle Me 3 and That's New To Me from Suzy Mosh.
The Tangle Me 3 focus is the pattern, Axlexa.  For some reason I'm thinking "color" this week (Maybe it was finding all those barely used colored pencils last week...)  Since I was tangling original Axlexa plus two variations = 3, and given the date (almost) - red, white, and blue seemed to fit.  I'm not sure the color provided the shading for what I was trying to achieve, and make the areas appear like they were folded or coming up off the page, but I liked learning the pattern!



For That' New to Me, the focus letter is N.  There has been a lot of attention going to Narwal on the blogs and FB groups lately, and I've never tried it, so I decided to.  I added Noodlz to the background (at the top), created by this week's author focus, Neil Burley.  I thought a third pattern would look good at the bottom, Neuron - this one I've only done one other time, a few weeks ago on one of Joey's challenges, so I tried it again,  Narwal I need more practice with; Noodlz was fun, reminds me of "Wired", and I followed the rule for it!



 Joey's Alphabet Monotangle this week is Dugwud.  The inspiration for Dugwud, is the Dogwood blossom.  Growing up on the east coast, Dogwood trees are one of the plants I miss and they are not seen here on the west coast very frequently.  I remember Dogwoods being either white or with a blush of pink - thus the colors on this tile.  If you are thinking two different pens were used you are correct - the center and outside were both done with black, the middle band I used a brown - both Microns.  I like the intensity and shaping of the smaller section of the pattern in the middle.



This looks like the dogwood trees that were my yard growing up, but in searching for a picture I see there are several different pink varieties now ... I might need to see if I can find one that grows in So Cal ... after the water crisis!



Return later this week to see the other challenges ...

16 comments:

  1. I used to have several small dogwoods in my wooded backyard but they've died off over the years. I miss seeing them, too. Love the color choice you made and your ability to create 3 different layers. Very nice.

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  2. Your narwal is great. You managed to create so much depth. Great choise of tangles.
    I love your idea with dugwud. Very interesting and lovely tile.
    Also a great axlexa tile. I'm looking farward to trying that myself. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the review and feedback - it helps me grow ... Looking at the Axlexa - I'm thinking I might need a thin darker strip right in the very center of the shading to make it "sink" more ...

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  3. Great job on all three of these! Good job with color and varying the centers on Axlexa. I love your Narwal! Thanks for being part of my challenges!

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    1. Thank you - and thanks for putting up interesting challenges! It is helping me learn more ...

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  4. Lovely tiles. Your Narwals are having a great time gossiping away!

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    1. Thanks! Yes they are ... I'm still learning the "behind and in front of" technique ;)

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  5. I like the way you use colours to give your tile that something extra, lovely work!

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  6. Super tiles, and I love the use of colour. Noodlz seems to be playing nicely with Narwal and Neuron and yours is a super take on the combo. Thanks for joining in the challenge and good luck in the draw!

    Neil

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    1. Thank you! I like Noodlz with the other two also ~ I've used it on a few others too ...

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  7. The Western Dogwood is the flower of our province - British Columbia and are found all over the coastal areas here. Maybe that's why I unconsciously chose it?! I love how you have drawn Dugwud in boxes and frames, it looks great!
    ~ joey ~

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  8. I like the frame effect, plus the way the color is so luminous. It looks like that section is glowing. Being a westerner, I've never seen a dogwood tree (that I know of) but I know they have that dip in the tips of their petals. Do they produce a fruit, after blossoming?

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    1. No, no fruit - they are a fairly small tree, not getting too tall, but their branches can spread out. I always liked the simplicity of their blossoms - just 4 petals -which are usually white or white with pink on the edges. I'll try to find a good picture and attach it to this post ~

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