The Diva’s Challenge this week was a UMT challenge involving an interesting tangle, Athitzi by Eleanor Holt. The pattern is just a series of short, parallel lines, but Eleanor produced a stunning effect in her tile.
I didn’t know where to go with this tangle, so I just drew a tile and incorporated Athitzi here and there. By my count Athitzi pops up 7 times in this tile. Can you find them all?
When I drew this, my shoulders were aching from a workout the previous day. My hand was tremoring a little, and as a result all my initial lines turned out slightly wonky. So I decided to thicken some of the lines with a Pigma Micron 08 to hide the wonkiness.
Fjord, Oolo, Trumpits
Soon, I was thickening not just the wonky lines, but other lines too. I no longer detested the lines on the tile, and instead I was having fun!
Varying the line weight is something I picked up from hesedetang. She has a unique tangling style that involves playing around with thick and thin lines. I wasn’t trying to imitate her here (partly because I know I can’t), but borrowing the idea of thicker lines did help this particular tile.