Thursday, October 4, 2012

Challenge #89 UMT v. IX Sankegg

Before I get to this week's challenge want to give a shout out of congratulations to my brother Don Wilka and cousin Dianne Krumnow on becoming CZT's at last weeks Seminar 10 in Providence.  What fun!

The Challenge on the first Monday of the month is always UMT - Use My Tangle - a tangle that has been submitted by a challenge participant.  This month it is Sankegg by  Maria Vennekens, CZT from the Netherlands.  You may read more about the pattern here.

Had a very difficult time finding the rhythm and flow for this pattern - even tracing it to get a sense of the movement wasn't working for me this time around.  Had the most difficulty with proportion and alignment - was all over the place.  As a last resort decided maybe I needed to find another way to create it.  That worked!  It's going to take more practice to get comfortable using the pattern but at least this alternate step-out is working for me.

Using this step-out - I definitely had more success with proportion and alignment and an unintended plus - I found it a lot easier to grow the pattern both vertically and horizontally.  Using this method - once I reached Step 4 - it was so much easier to align the one leg with the point of the adjacent triangle.  Drawing it this way produces a slightly softer line - a bit more curved less hard angle.  Definitely a work in progress.

Rough version of the alternate step-out - with it's own Bronx Cheer!

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I was so excited to finally draw the pattern I kept it simple - stayed with a monotangle and a bit of shading. A first for me - used a Tombow marker instead of a pencil.  It's actually a grey marker but scanned with a hint of brown.

The image below is a woodburned piece I did as a birthday gift.  It's done on a 4" square Birch painting panel with a cradle - makes it very easy to hang and no framing required.  The fun part after the party received commissions to do few more for the upcoming holidays.


ledenzer said...

Sankegg is happy in your hands!

Anne's tangle blog said...

You did a great job!!!! Your woodburned piece is also lovely.

Dianne said...

Thanks for the shout out. See, I do follow your blog. It's always an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tile, the way you stepped out Sankegg makes it look a bit easier to me. I might have to try another tile now. Thanks, great job!

Daniele OBrien Design, CZT said...

Wow, love the woodburning piece, what a fabulous birthday gift! Your Sankegg is great, sort of sharp and toothy. Your breakout works very well.

Zachary said...

Very nice! That woodburning is awesome!

Tangles and More said...

Thanks for the shout out. May have helped my stats on the blog.

Shelly Beauch said...

Good plan, I thought the same and tried a similar style so it was a bit easier.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the alternate stepout, it helps me a lot with this tangle.

Also liked the woodburned piece.


Gloria j Zucaro said...

Thanks so much for the easiest explanation so far on this difficult pattern. How neat to use Tombow instead of pen. And how wonderful to get commissions for more etched wooden pieces.

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