A Flurry of Activity

It’s a case of desperately trying to finish things. In terms of the crochet, it’s a shawl, a vest top, a cardigan, a poncho or two, so far. In terms of drawing, it’s Christmas cards. But before I show you what I’ve been working on, I want to acknowledge some lovely swaps I’ve recently received.

Look at all these from the Blue Swap on Travelling Tangles. I think Beth Detzler is another one determined to keep me busy.
L love these textures from the Blue Swap sent by Gail Jarrard.
I’m looking forward to completing these from Sandy hunter for the Blue Travelling Tangles swap, although I rather like them just as they are.
A start from Helli , with the command… Finish me!
So I did. Trying to use co-ordinating colours as I didn’t have an exact match.
Here is another one from Helli that I finished. I’ve tried to keep the focus on the original pattern by adding a little more but then doing the background in grey.
Jem miller sent me this as a start, with just the central motif, the brown patch on the right and the Finery completed. You can barely see the grey I used to aura but I didn’t want to lose the central area’s emphasis. Not sure i succeeded with this one. Maybe some more definite shading is needed.

And then on to some of mine. I’ve kept them simple but I think they will be OK.

These are waiting to be cut out and mounted on cards for Christmas. I’ve just included a little splash of colour and they will be matted and layered onto coloured card.
A later stage. Mounted on silver and then on very dark green.

And then a finished card.

These have been fun because they are fairly quick to draw. I’m thinking of doing a bigger piece, a ZIA, for Christmas this year, mainly in black pen but I haven’t decided what yet. I’ll keep you posted.

And so we come to this week’s Diva Challenge:

Weekly Challenge #373: “Non Dominant Tangling!”
Yes, i know!  I hear you groaning from the back of the room… but hear me out.

So one of the things i did during my workshop was to have the participants tangle with their non-dominant hand.  And because i had them captive in a room, they all did it.

I know that over the almost 8 years that i’ve been blogging, there has been a very strong divide among my readers, those who love this particular challenge, and those who hate it.

No surprises to say that I hate it. I can’t see the point in drawing something that you know from the start will look awful In fact, I nearly didn’t do it. But, you know how it is, you just sneakily give it a try and then you try to make it better and then you give up. For what it’s worth, here it is. But my initial reaction was right…. Waste of time and ink.

And on that happy note I will say farewell and remind you, as always world, be good -ish.

 

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6 thoughts on “A Flurry of Activity

  1. Imagine my surprise when I saw one of the tiles I sent you in front of me. I like your finish to a rather peculiar start – you carried on the asymmetry very well! I really like the grey one you did with Helli as well. And I’m not willing to engage with your Christmas cards because I’ll start to panic!

  2. Love to see the traveling tiles and your cards are lovely. Everyone is going to love getting those. I agree with you on the drawing with the non dominate hand… just don’t like it.

  3. Love all your tiles. Christmas! It’s coming all too soon. Well done on getting started so not such a panic closer to Christmas. I love what you did for the non dominant hand challenge.

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