Friday, August 15, 2014

You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road

"Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat."   Scottish proverb

The Diva's challenge this week is to use the tangle MacDee (step-outs found here), by Anneke Van Dam. Anneke says that the pattern reminds her of a classic Scottish checkered fabric, so she gave it a Scottish sounding name. I completed this challenge in honor of my daughter, who has been living in Scotland for the last 6 months. As a matter of fact, I will be going there next week to visit her, where I'm sure I will see LOTS of checkered Scottish fabrics!

Since the colors of the Scottish flag are blue and white (I admit that I had to look that up), I chose one of my blue hand-colored tiles to work on. I tangled using a blue Micron pen and a white Uni-ball Signo UM 153 gel pen. A blue Prismacolor pencil was used to add just a touch of shading, along with some very subtle white charcoal pencil highlighting. 

When I first saw the pattern I immediately thought background. I decided to keep it simple and used Arc Flower as the center of focus in order to have a contrast between the very geometric MacDee and the curviness of the flower. This is definitely not one of my favorite tiles, but something a little different.


  1. Very Nice! Have a great time seeing your daughter! I just know that it will be awesome, and can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. I like your tile, lovely color too. Enjoy the visit to your daughter.

  3. It does make a nice background tangle - love the colour

  4. Like the colors that you used. Arc flower is a good contrast to MacDee. Enjoy you trip.

  5. What yummy colors and keeping it simple works beautifully, nice work! Arc flower works beautifully against the structure of MacDee.