Happy New Year!
I know that it is January 10, not January 1, but Alexa went back to school yesterday – driving herself for the first time. We had a bustling, crazy, wonderful break, including a few days in Disney World, a road-trip to Maine, a reunion of sorts with old friends, a meet-up with new friends, Phantom of the Opera, and much time with family and loved ones.
So, yesterday I spent the day worrying about Alexa driving all that way alone and already missing my partner in giggling. I did a lot of tangling to help with my nerves and sadness. Luckily, Laura is also back with another Diva Challenge. This one is a duo-tangle of phicops and bales. Both are lovely tangles, but I found it especially challenging to try to do something interesting with them.
For the first one, I decided to play with scale and make the phicops small, incorporating them into the huggins. I was going to title it: “how many ways can you draw phicops incorrectly?” or “spot the differences.” No matter how many times I draw that tangle, I have to look it up. And then if I am not carefully following the steps, something different comes out of my pen. Luckily, you don’t notice it so much with the huggins around it.
I don’t know if it is because I hadn’t tangled in a while, or if I was just feeling restless, but even though I thought I was done after the shading, a few hours later, I felt it needed black stripes. A few hours after that, I decided it still wasn’t done. And if this wasn’t a duo challenge, it is likely that there would be even more! It looks too much like fabric or carpet design.
Alexa and I are planning a trip down under after she finishes her spring semester. I think that is why I kept seeing the Sydney Opera House as I was tangling my phicops. (Either that, or I was drawing it wrong.) But, I decided to do a second version with the Phicops/Opera House as the focal point and tiny opera houses for the intersections of the huggins.
Finally, I was still wondering if there was something else I could do to make this combination more interesting and different. So, here is the third challenge tile: supersized.
Tangling was such good therapy yesterday. I realized that other than tangling a leather coin purse for my mom, this is the first time I’ve picked up a pen in a month. It is good to be back.