Monday, June 16, 2014

Diva Challenge #172- DuoTangle, AuraKnot vs Mooka

The Diva has given us a very interesting Challenge this week. We are to only use two patterns, AuraKnot and Mooka. Both of these patterns are by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. Who are co-indecently hosting their CZT training siminar in Providence, RI. The Diva provided us with two videos by Maria and Rick instructing us how to draw AuraKnot and Mooka. How neat is that. I have not worked with either of these two patterns before, so the two videos were very appropriate and helpful. I seem to have given AuraKnot center stage on this one. Mooka is peeking around the edges. Both of these patterns are very nice, and can be tangleated so easily into a some wonderful Tangles. I was impressed with my first efforts when beginning to practice these patterns. Maria and Rick did such a wonderful job on the videos that learning these two great patterns was a snap. My practice sheets turned out amazing, surprisingly enough. That speaks well of Maria and Rick's ability to design and instruct how to draw their terrific patterns. (My practiced sheets were more interesting than my submission piece.)



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42 comments:

  1. I love the way that you filled the inside with AuraKnot, and the way that you did the Mooka, with the fills around the outside. Plus, I always being a color girl like the hits of color. The red ribbon really sets everything off.

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    1. I really appreciate your kind words, Kate. Thank you.

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  2. Very nicely done, David. I like the red ribbon with the shimmer (I love shimmer on anything, even shading). Your center is perfect too.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. I'm a big fan of the shimmer also. It seems to all a lot of life to the shimmeree.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful. I like the iridescent colors at Auraknot.

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    1. Thanks, Lily, I appreciate your comments.

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  4. Love this one David... GREAT work and the movement of that red ribbon... GREAT ... and all the mooka trying to get into the space... Love the play here... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. Those cute little Mooka are so patient, and gracious. Their professionalism ranks with the best of them.

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  5. I totally hear on the practice sheets. I often think I do my best stuff in my notebooks. I think it's very hard not to be intimidated by "The Tile". However - your finished piece is wonderful. Masterful use of color and the patterns complement each other in a perfect, pleasing way. It is the red ribbon, however, that takes it all from "pleasing" to "lovely".

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer. I enjoyed this challenge. All of my Diva Challenge responses so far have been drawn on the standard tile size. Not a lot of space. I'm still learning how to plan around this limitation. Simplification is my first hurddle. It is all great, and I'm lovin' it.

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    2. I see - so it's the size you are getting used to. With me, I am just not as relaxed when I switch from my notebook to the more expensive tiles. I think: this counts! And this mindset gets in my way sometimes. But I can tell that you love it and of course so do I.

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    3. It would be interesting to know what drawing sizes other tanglers are using on their Challenge submissions. I love looking at all the submissions, and I'm getting a suspicision that some of their original work is a bit bigger than the standard Tile size. They sure look good. Yes, we do love it.

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  6. Beautiful tile! I love the Auraknot with the ribbon threaded through it. The whole tile is shaded wonderfully with color!

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  7. I love your prominent Auraknot and your cute Mookas. And your coloring gives the tile a special touch and brilliance.

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    1. Thank you. Those little Mookas are very sincere.

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  8. Beautiful! I really like the colored shading on your auraknot and the delicate mooka around the edges that makes it all look so intricate. The ribbon around the auraknot is a great touch!

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  9. Stunning version of both tangles, David. Your AuraKnot really makes me envious...Axxx

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    1. I appreciate your comments, Annie.

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  10. No one would say that this is your first try at these tangles, Donald. Great result!

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    1. Since I drew this Challenge, I have bee practicing both the Mookas and the AuraKnots. Kind of backwards isn't it. I was up at 4:00 am this morning filling pages of my Sketchbook with Mookas. Tonigh it will be AuraKnots. It is true about the Mookas, they are so fun to draw. Once you start, you can't stop. So I won't. Thanks Anne.

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  11. Beautiful job! I love the ribbon that weaves through auraknot.

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  12. Well David I am curious about your practice pages, as they are better than the submission. Because I do like your submission very much, the little red ribbon, looks great.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Didisch. Just for you, and anyone else who might be interested, I have posted the Practice Pages for my Mookas and AuraKnots on the next Blog Page. (I don't know how to put a link/text in a message). You can be the Judge.

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  13. Very nice, I'm really drawn to that pop of color you have weaving through your knot.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I like that red ribbon also.

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  14. Fabulous shine and glow David.

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  15. Wow! You put these together so well and added great color highlights. You are right about people working in different. sizes. Some use the tiles, others use their journals or sketchpads. Does not really make a difference but it is nice if people put the size in their post.

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    1. Every once in a while, an artist will include the size of their canvas. I like that. I may try some sizes similar. All part of leaning ones limits, and hopefully expanding them. Thanks for your comments, Donald.

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  16. Love the tile. The combination of discipline and control on the Mooka; the cheeky red ribbon and then the free and easy, not to say wild, Mooka. The more you look, the more you see. And then I looked at the practice pages on your other post. I could see hwere you were heading and how you were developing a Mooka "style" of your own but the page that is nearly all Mooka, with a little Phicops, a little Betweed and that oh so symbolic stone wall at the bottom. Now that said it all.

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    1. I very much appreciate your comments. The practice page of Mookas was a pure pleasure to draw. One after another til I was out finished. All in one sitting. The PhiCops and the Tweed were already on the page from previously and were just ornaments for the marathon at hand. However the Stone Wall was drawn at the conclusion of the Mooka Marathon. Like a race horse cools down after a workout, my pen was overheated. I love stone walls. I love Nzeppel. I should have drawn a Wishing Well, threw in a coin, then jumped in to wrap things up. This is such great stuff.

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  17. Oh lumme. My brain's gone. I meant the control etc on the Auraknot. Oh well, you get to a certain age and everything falls to pieces! Either way, Love the stuff you're producing.

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    1. I know how you feel, my brain went on safari to the Congo some time back and has not been heard from since. I love your writing style on your Blog. Keep up the good work. Thanks for chatting.

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  18. Beautiful. Auraknot and Mooka are impressive, as is your use of color. I especially love the red ribbon interwoven in Auraknot - striking. That will be my next challenge. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Natalie, They are very much appreciated.

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  19. I love it! Really well done with the ribbon through auraknot.

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  20. Love how the red ribbon ties it all together slipping in and out of the auraknot :) Linda

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    1. Thanks a lot, Bornagaincrafter...

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