Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tripoli in Detail Tutorial and Diva Challenge 28

The Diva's Challenge this week is to use the newest official tangle Tripoli.

When I first started working with Tripoli I struggled with maintaining consistent size and spacing. Most of the time creating the first circle worked well.  Even the start of the second circle went fairly smoothly.  However without fail when I would get to step 9 (in the illustration below)  things would start to break down. 

First I was trying to draw one large triangle in the remaining spaces of the second circle.  If I kept the spacing between triangles the same I ended up with large out of proportion triangles. If I tried to keep the triangles the same size then the space between was larger, not consistent.  My first attempts at putting 2 triangles in the space did not go well either.

Not sure how or at what point but I had very bright light bulb moment - clarity with no doubt - one of those times where everything clicked into place and changed my whole approach to working the pattern.

The key - I was not seeing triangles I was seeing just the lines.

I decided to post the details of how I draw Tripoli after reading on several blogs that others were having some of the same issues.  Hope you find it helpful.

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1 - 2 - After drawing the initial triangle, the first leg of the next triangle is drawn parallel to the line of that first triangle. 

3 - In this step the line drawn next, for me, seems to be the easiest way to repeat and maintain a uniform size for the triangles. It also eliminates having to determine the correct angle if the outside edge leg had been drawn second.

4 - 5 Close the triangle and repeat 1 - 4 for the remaining triangles in this first circle.

6 - 8  Again - think lines - start the next triangle as a parallel line to the flat edge of the existing triangle followed by the other 2 legs.  Repeat all the way around the circle.

9  - Solving this step changed my whole perspective - instead of thinking/drawing a triangle the starting point is drawing 2 parallel lines that are an extension of the lines of the triangles in the first circle!

10 - Repeat step 9 to complete the second circle.

One note - Continuing to build out the circles from this point changes the structure slightly so the 2 parallel lines are not always the best option.  In that case just look for the next best option to start with a parallel line and you will be good to go.
Before filling in Tripoli - liking the simplicity of this - has a filigree look to it.

 After adding patterns - it's ok - really need to watch density - I do get carried away sometimes!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Diva's Challenge 27

Dex and Verdigogh

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Very difficult challenge this week - use only two tangles Dex and Verdigogh.  Straight lines, grids - my kind of tangle.  Verdigogh - have always liked it but have always struggled with it so haven't used it much.  Combining them really taxing!  Lots of discarded tiles littering my desk and this one needs a bit of cleanup - decided to post it because it's the best verdigogh I have ever drawn.  That's the good news and the joy to be found in this challenge - finally learned verdigogh!!!!  Nice to have another tangle to use with confidence.  Thank you, Laura - would not have happened without you.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Diva's Challenge 26

Spiral Out - Keep Going

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 The Diva's challenge this week - use a spiral as the string.  Right from the start I wanted to use paradox in some form.  Can there be a more "spiral" process than the constant tile turning with paradox -  but it just wasn't happening. When I was finally able to let go and just watch to see what would show up, the first tile appeared - not a hint of paradox to be found!  I didn't post it right away as it felt like it needed something in the background - wasn't sure what - just didn't feel complete.

Tonight while prepping for tomorrow's class I was creating several strings to share as examples.   I wasn't looking to tangle any of them. One of the two-pencil strings just happened to be the spiral above.  I'd found my string for paradox without even trying.  Or maybe it found me!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Diva Challenge 25

Zendala Magic
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Something different for the challenge this week. Guest host Genevieve Crabe, at TangleHarmony and a fellow CZT from Class 4, (Hi Genevieve) provided a template for creating a Zendala - nice fusion of Zentangle and Mandala. Lots of wonderful creations to check out on the Diva's site - or maybe it's time you joined in the fun. The new challenge for the week is posted on Monday.

The mosaic pattern in the inner ring is a technique/pattern I often woodburned on gourds. Lots of small cuts with the pen but it was almost a mediation while doing it. So simple but always a big hit at the shows - never took one back home at the end of the day.

Mosaic Gourd

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Diva Challenge 24

String Theory - Stripes

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Nice to be back in the challenge game this week - rather it's a good thing to be back in the blog posting game.  I've done the challenges - have not made the time to get them posted.  Off to take a look and see the other entries.