I love the challenge of a limited tangle choice. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with the many tangles there are and/or with the idea of finding the "right" tangle pattern, that I end up sitting and thinking instead of just drawing. In a duo tangle challenge, the choice of pattern is decided and I can turn my mind on to variations, string and shading. This week, the challenge from The Diva is to use only Hybrid and Strircles, two official Zentangle patterns. I recently rediscovered Hybrid and have been using it again after a break. Strircles is a tangle that I have used before but not a lot. Using these two for the challenge has refreshed them for me and I am sure I will have them back in my work again.
At first, I wanted to see if I could find a way to combine the two patterns into one but I gave up on that idea. After looking at some of the tiles in this challenge I'm glad I did. There are a lot of you out there that were much more successful at combining them than I would have been. I did try to bring a little of Strircles to Hybrid in the lower right side. I don't know that Hybrid echos Strircles here, but I do like the black on white coupled with the white on black. This is the first time that I put highlights on the "bubbles" in Strircles. It's funny, I have never seen the circles as bubbles before. More of just a way to vary the black and white in the pattern. This is why I love the weekly challenge, it forces me to look at patterns in a whole new way.
I really like this tile. It has been a while since I finished a challenge piece and thought to myself "Hey! That's some good work you did there!" Thanks to Laura for this, and all of the challenges. Thanks to you visitors from dropping by and being an inspiration to me.