Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FOUR challenges....

Well, one is done, two are about to finish, and I have to start the last one.

The first challenge was The Diva's #104. We had to use TanglePatterns String 003. I managed it just in time! This is what appeared....

Tangles: Rick's Paradox, Rick's Paradox, Rick's Paradox....

Only if you know the string (you'll find it here), you can see it in this zentangle. 

The second challenge was also a string quest. Linda Farmer has posted another string by Barbara Finwall. The string suggestions on are a very useful resource for all of those who are in a string dip!
I found this one extremely defiant. And it was a great opportunity to play with my own first tangle pattern!
So yes, getting that one ready for sharing it with you was the 3th challenge.

I love the patterns, that pop out by coloring the negative spaces in the grid: Florez, Fleurette, Lanie, etc. That's problably why this pattern kept coming back on my scribbling pad almost every day....

Because of all the orbs, one of my favorite songs jumped into my mind and with a wink to The Beatles (read more) I would like to name it: Orbs-la-Dee ("Dee" is the initial of my husband's surname). Hopefully, as soon as you are drawing this pattern, you'll sing "Orbs-la Dee, orbs-la-da, tralalalalalala!" and feel happy!!

May I present you Orbs-la-Dee in String #38:

Tangles: Orbs-la-Dee, Ennies and Droplets

These are the steps:

Step 1-3: Drawing regular spaces might need some practice.... But irregularity gives very nice results too!
Step 5: Turn your tile 180° for drawing the orbs in the same direction!
Step 7-8: Add some shade and blend (use a paper stump, great tool!) for the wonderful 3D-look.

Addition 1
At first, Step 7 said: "add rounding" instead of "add shade". Just a few weeks before Linda Farmer introduced Orbs-la-Dee on (June 7, 2013) I discovered what rounding really is. Thought I had enough time to adjust my post, but then it completely slipped my mind…. It's okay now!

The variations are made by changing the basic lines: 1) about the same as the curvy ones from the step-out; 2) higher and smaller; 3) diamonds.

Have fun with exploring the possibilities!

Addition 2
Do you need more inspiration?
Look here: It's a String Thing #156 - Very Happy Birthday Tiles (August 8, 2016)
on "Tickled To Tangle" from Adele Bruno. She posts a string challenge every Tuesday.
Look here: Weekly Challenge #298 - Use My Tangle (January 9, 2017) on "I am the diva" from Laura Harms. She posts every Monday.

I am extremely proud about all those tanglers, who took the time to play with Orbs-la-Dee. They've created such wonderful tiles and ZIA's! Adele and Laura, thank you very much for picking out my pattern!

Some more of my own hand:

Tangles: 1) Meer and Evoke and 2) MacDee (my next new tangle pattern!)
Haven't seen this patterns anywhere, am I right?? If I'm wrong, please tell me. Should the name(s) already exist, please do the same!

Now there's only one challenge to go: The Diva's Challenge #105, using Dansk by Margaret Bremner. So I'll have to go now, have to do some....

Happy Tangling everyone!


  1. Quite unique, these patterns. Orbs-la-dee is a bit like raindrops on a window pane. I can't wait to use it!

    1. Thank you, Faith, I like your description! Please show me what you've made with it when you're finished; you'll be the first!

  2. Orbs-la-Dee, Fun-for-me, Gotta tryyyyy it! La-la-la-la, Orbs-la-Deeeeeee!
    Glad you are posting tangles, and I am enjoying the tiles you share.

  3. cool, it's very similar to Carole Ohl's Inapod, but with it's own twist.

  4. Hi Anneke, What a surprise to see my name here! I'm so proud that you used one of my strings for your wonderful new pattern... and I love the pattern name. It looks like it will be just as much fun as it's name.
    Barbara Finwall

    1. Hi Barbara, Thank you for your sweet comment! It felt like your string was made for Orbs-la-Dee! Now I hope you'll have fun with my pattern :-)

  5. This looks lovely! I'll try to try it soon. :)
    However, Rounding is not the shadow on a 'pearl' but rather the rounding, or filling in, of angular corners in a tangle, like one does in N'Zeppel.
    Nice to meet you!

    1. Thank you, Margaret, this means a lot to me! Can't wait to see it in one of your unique zentangles!
      Thanks for your correction! Only a little while ago I've discovered my mistake about Rounding on Shelly's blog. Thought I had enough time to change my post, and then it completely slipped my mind… But I will make the adjustment to avoid further confusion!

  6. Excellent! Just used it on a tangle and really love how to fell together. And I love that song. :D

    1. Hi Arwen, Thank you for your nice comment! I'm glad you had fun with Orbs-la-Dee!!

  7. Cool! I love these kind of patterns, reminds me of Florz :)

  8. Wat een leuke tangle, deze ga ik met veel plezier gebruiken!

  9. Ik sluit me aan bij de vorige schrijvers :-) :-)