Thursday, November 21, 2013

If at First You Don't Succeed...Try Something Else

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."   Edwin Land

A new tangle pattern, Quib, was recently released by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, and this week's Diva challenge was to use Quib in a Zentangle. Well, I tried....and tried....and tried again. I wasn't happy with any of them. I think Quib is a very nice pattern....when someone else does it. I've looked at the entries to the challenge, and saw some beautiful pieces. But for some reason, when I tried it, it seemed to fall flat. Wasn't quite sure what to do with it, what the next step should be after Quib. So...I gave up. At least for now. 

Instead, I decided to try another new pattern, Mak-rah-mee, by Shelly Beauch. I feel that there are some similarities between Mak-rah-mee and Quib, with them both being very free-form, flowing, rippling tangles. However, I was far more satisfied with the outcome of my efforts with this one. I added auras both inside and out of all the areas and this is what I got.

Then I decided to play with some color. I used Tombow Irojiten colored pencils to color the "strings" in my piece. 

This was a lot of fun to do, but I think I may like the black and white version better.  Maybe one day I'll try Quib again...after a little respite from it.


  1. Beautiful!. You've got it down pat. ;)

  2. This is fantastic...and, I think, much more difficult than Quib! My first couple of Quibs were awful but I'm quite pleased with how it's progressing. Wish I could do such a beautiful Mak-rah-mee - I shall away to practice. Axxx