This week's challenge is what our diva, Laura, dubs a "use my tangle" challenge. Anyone is welcome to submit a tangle pattern they have created and at the beginning of the month Laura chooses one, with the help of her trusty random number generator, to be our inspiration for the week's challenge. This week we were challenged by Eden's 'Groovy'.
Like many others this was a pattern that I had tried in the past, but was frustrated with it so I put it away for another day. When it was assigned as our challenge pattern I spent the first two days filling up pages in my sketch book trying to get my foundation lines to match up. I looked at the first few posts and saw the mention of Simon and Garfunkel's song, 'Fellin'Groovy', I decided to pull it up on the iPod and give it a listen. After relaxing a bit I realized I was trying too hard. Once I relaxed the foundation curves fell into place and the rest just fell into groove, so to speak.
This first piece is really more of a ZIA homage to "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)", by Simon and Garfunkel. The cobblestones are a more rustic form of Brix by Carol Ottaway and the 'dropping petals' are Frairum by Molossus. The overlap shading doesn't show up quite as nicely as I would have liked, but the most important part it that I was enjoying myself and feelin' groovy.
This is actually the first piece that I did. I wanted to play with the shading of the Groovy so I picked a background that seemed to appropriate- Hopscotch. I think the shading came out quite nicely.
I'm really glad that we had this pattern as our weekly challenge. No longer will it sit, forgotten and alone in a corner of my sketch book. Now that I more comfortable I definitely plan to use it more often.