That’s New to Me Challenge

u-nited

Suzy Mosh’s challenge this week was to use new to us tangles beginning with U. I chose Umble, Undling and Unyun.

Umble, Undling, Unyun

Umble, Undling, Unyun

This began with a U-shaped string, but you can’t see it anymore! Undling is a really nice pattern. Before you shade it, it doesn’t look like much, but after you shade it, there’s so much texture in it.

Aquafleur-inspired, Hollibaugh, Unyun, Up and Across

Aquafleur-inspired, Hollibaugh, Unyun, Up and Across

I had this partially completed tile sitting around with just an Aquafleur-inspired motif and Hollibaugh. Since I had U patterns in my mind, I added two of them to it.

looping a path to calm

Suzy Mosh’s challenge this week invited us to use tangles starting with V that were new to us. I wanted a challenge, so I found four tangles that I did not think would work together, and tried to make them work. I tried twice. I had beautiful variations and tangleations in my head, but I just couldn’t transmit them to paper. And although I know that there are no mistakes in Zentangle, I hated the tiles so much that I threw them away. That’s almost sacilegious in Zentangle, but I was frustrated. I took a break and calmed myself down with a quick shower and a prayer. Then I came back to my table, cut down the tangles to just three, used a super simple string, discarded all variations for just the basic tangles, and came up with this tile.

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Looking at this makes me feel calm again. Vigne and Vega are great patterns. Viaduct still looks a little out of place, but that’s no fault of the tangle. Shading gives it depth and in the right tile it would look good.