It is a new month and a new tangle! The Diva adds to the challenge on the first Monday of the month to try out a tangle that one of our fellow Zentangle enthusiasts has come up with. This month the tangle is Groovy by Eden Hunt. Check out her blog and the pattern here. Since this tangle was posted to Tangle Patterns, I have admired Groovy but not had a chance to try it out so I was excited to see it as the tangle to use.
I must confess that I did not practice groovy before I started my tile. I just jumped right in with both feet and let the lines fall where they may. I am pretty sure that I didn't make groovy quite right but I am looking forward to getting better at it. I really like this pattern. The look of it is really quite lovely and it looks far more complex than it really is.
I used on of my watercolored tiles for this challenge. I am still toying with this idea so I thought I'd work on the challenge of the color along with the challenge of the tangle. To start, I penciled in my lines of groovy. Sometimes my wavy lines take on a mind of their own, so I wanted to be able to erase any wild curves. I think that my being so careful kept my curves too small. Groovy wants to be a bit bigger than I made it I think. There needs to be more space. I don't dislike my attempt, but I did learn what I need to do differently next time. I also learned a neat thing. If I lightly erase over the watercolor, some of the color rubs off giving the color added variation.
Again, I used the color as the string. This was a little of a challenge in a few spots as the color fades out and I sometimes stopped the pen before I should. Stiricles makes an appearance in this tile. Last week wasn't enough I guess. As I wanted the color to be visible, I didn't black out where I normally would but used lines instead. I like how it came out.
Thanks to Eden for a great tangle. I really look forward to using Groovy in the future. Thanks Laura for all you do for this challenge!