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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fortune Teller Challenge

How to make a string on your tiles.  This is a constant challenge for me.  I always feel like I am making the same string or at the very least, a variation on the same one over and over again.  This is why I like when The Diva puts out a string challenge.  I get stuck in a rut and it's nice to have a new way of looking at strings.

This week the Challenge is to divide the space in a uniform way.  The challenge is called Fortune teller as the tile is divided much the same way that paper is folded for making those little fortune teller games we played with as kids.  Click the link for more on what the string looks like.

At first I was going to blur the lines in this challenge.  I tend to make a string and then confine myself to the sections drawn as if I were coloring a coloring book picture.  I didn't get very far.  I started with Chainging up the center but that is as far as I got.  Habits are hard to break but I carried that thought to a piece that I am currently working on. You'll see more on that later.

I decided to explore the triangles a bit instead.  You'll see on the right where I didn't "close off" the tangles there and instead allowed the tangles to spill over the edges.  I don't think this is a great tile.  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with it.  It just didn't end where I thought it would go.  But that is the way of art isn't it?  My professors in college never accepted the idea that art could get messed up or go wrong.  Instead they advised to keep working and turn the mistake into a "Happy Accident".  I always try to keep that in mind when I hit a part that I don't like.  I try to push on through and see what kind of happy accident I can make.


  1. I really like that pattern on the lower right side, the one that looks like mussels. Is that an official pattern? I think I need it. ;o)

    1. It's called Wirlz. Sandra Straight has a link on her blog. The steps are on Flickr but I'm having a hard time posting the links. Google Wirlz Zentangle pattern and you can find it that way. It's great isn't it?