Friday, November 28, 2014

Thinking Inside the Grid

"Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them."    John C. Maxwell

This week's Diva challenge is from guest blogger Sandy Hunter, CZT. Her challenge is to use a grid-based pattern and take it out of the grid, or take a free-form pattern and put it into a grid. When I think about tangleations (variations) that I can make from a certain pattern, I often think about taking it out of the grid and have done this in the past with several patterns. However, I don't think I've ever taken a free-form pattern and put it into a grid. As soon as I saw Sandy's challenge I knew I was going to have fun with this one.

In my first tile I began with Rixty... definitely NOT a grid pattern. But it is here.



I extended a few of the "tails" of Rixty out and around to meet another "tail". Then I filled those areas with Crescent Moon. Next I took Emingle out of the grid and added it to some of the outer areas, drawing random Emingle shapes.

For my next tile I started with Sand Swirl, by Karry Heun. I love this pattern as the free-form pattern it was meant to be, and I LOVE the way it looks in a grid. I expect that I will be using it that way again. Then I drew Nipa, another free-form pattern, in a grid, alternating directions of the curves. Knightsbridge was the finishing touch I added to the tile.


This was a fun challenge, and definitely gets you thinking in new ways, allowing for lots of creativity. Thanks Sandy!



11 comments:

  1. Great tiles. Your Rixty tile makes me think of those puzzles where you have to slide the pieces around to align them correctly. I agree that Sand Swirl looks great in a grid.

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  2. two very nice tiles - some things I'm going to try

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  3. I really like Rixty in a grid! Good idea.

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  4. Two super tiles, I love the way you have used Rixty tangle, it looks contained in a grid. When I have used Rixty it tends to get out of control!

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  5. Ha! Yes! Rixty in a grid, great idea! Well done!

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  6. The first design looks like a castle maze! Very cool work!...both pieces are fabulous!

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  7. Two beautiful and intriguing tiles.

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  8. Both are lovely! Especially I like the first one! Cool idea your Rixty in a grid!

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