Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Playing with String

Isn't it funny how a little bit of boundaries can release creativity?

 A couple of weeks ago, I was having a hard time starting anything. Seems my muse was silent. ha! I was doodling a lot, but not creating tiles, and that bothered me.

Well, I got on the tangle patterns string page, where dozens and dozens of strings are shown. In one sitting (at work, between calls) I went through the first six strings, thoroughly enjoying the freedom of having a boundary in place granted me.

string one, filled with cadent and cvetic. 

String #2 looked like an elephant right about then, so...

betweed, summer sitter, flux, and paradox (see him looking at you?)

string #3. I call it Country Fare

here's 1 and 2 together

Other than being blurry, I like this one a lot.

Then I decided to play with one string, many times. I chose String #30 :

string #30: in the woods

I did this one on purpose, for a "walk in the woods" theme. Verdigoh and pines make a woodsy look. I tried to make Purk look like a pinecone. Hollibaugh makes a wonderful beaver dam, with crescent and printemps in the charming pond, nzeppel adds texture and character, while fescu and fiore are meadow-like.

string #30: starry night. 

string #30: starring the String!
a rainy walk in the woods

a Bijou sized string #30. bales, chemystery, bales, floatfest, and my own "concert."

and now for something different

 This one, full of striping, was my last piece using string #30.
 As I worked with this string, I found that the little loop de loop was always taking center stage, so in this one, filled with striping, though the loop was the last one filled....I did fill it in.

I went from uninspired and blah, to creative, energetic, motivated, and delighted, just by using strings.


  1. Wow! You got busy. I love your collection of tiles using the same string. I'm going to have to try that.

  2. You were having way too much fun with the string. Maybe you were a cat in a previous life :). I really like the elephant.

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