I thought I’d start out today’s Tangled Tuesday post with a quote that really speaks to me – not about tangling specifically, but about “creative living beyond fear” – from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic (in the chapter on Permission).
Let people have their opinions. More than that – let people be in love with their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your own creative work. And always remember that people’s judgments about you are none of your business.
I know I need to remind myself of this now and then, as I sometimes find myself falling into the trap of caring far too much about what others think about my art and why I choose to spend time making it. Can you relate?
And with that, I have filled up my sixth tangle pattern sketchbook and set up a brand spanking new red Moleskine Sketchbook as Volume 7. That translates into 634 patterns learned since I started tangling in June, 2013, which I’d say is not too shabby!
I started out with Diane & Carolien’s Weekly Challenge #34: Tangle with H-W-N, choosing the tangles Half Onions, Watusee, and Nuwave. All three patterns were ones I’d previously learned but had not yet had a chance to use in a finished project, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so.
Next was The Diva’s Challenge #246, which this week was a guest post on “Monotangle Trees” from Dilip Patel, CZT. He tasks us to “choose any tangle pattern of your liking and create a tree using only the chosen tangle over strings representing a tree.” (Check out the blog post for his reason behind the challenge – it’s a good one!)
As soon as I opened my sketchbook a pattern I’d learned just this week – Fleavy – jumped out at me and I thought it would be a great one to use for this challenge. Even though the end result looks less like a tree and more like several sheaves of wheat, I still think the tile is rather pretty!
Finally I completed joey’s weekly tangle challenge #89, which was to use Zinger in a monotangle. I could have sworn I’d already learned this pattern, way back when, but a search through my sketchbooks showed that I actually hadn’t. It’s in there now, though!
Just to be different I thought I’d go with white on black for this challenge. Not really thrilled with how it turned out – I find the white pen needs a special touch, which I often forget how to do until I’m well into using it!
Now on to a new week of tangling!
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How have you been creative this week?