Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Playing with Ellish...

What a fun pattern! Ellish is elegant and curvy and has depth. I was enchanted as soon as I got the email from, and tickled to see it as our challenge this week from the Diva. I can't wait to see what others do with this one...meanwhile, here is mine:

tasty little morsel on an inchy square

Because I wanted to, I made one Ellish on three different tiles: an inchy, a Bijou, and a standard tile.

Bijou Minimalist Version

Playing with this initially, (heh initial gettit?) I found that keeping the aura-knotwork to a minimum was more pleasing than layering a lot. Then I saw Laura's examples on her blog post, and thought...hmmm...pretty nifty.

So, my regular tile has more of that layered look, and is deeper.

Flor'd behind and Howl's Chain border

all three together

As with so many tangles, shading does amazing things for this one. I've also figured out a way to make the letter H with similar technique:

I wonder how many letters are conducive to this wonderful weaving any rate, loads of fun to play with.

I also made a piece for Joey's XIV challenge. Wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

Reminds me of the 4th of July
Don't let the screen door slam!

Can't you just imagine...having a barbecue in the back yard, going to feast and laugh, then over to the park for fireworks...can't you hear the screen door creak open and slam over and over again, as people come in and out with plates of food for the picnic table on the patio. Plenty of activity, lots of loved ones, good times! 

And, last but not least, my piece for last week's Joey challenge. I created it, but didn't like it so I didn't enter it. But what the hey. Here it is.

I dribbled berry juice on a tile, then made the piece using purple, burgundy, and burnt orange/tan micron pens. My favorite part is the upper area, full of Chemystery and Ipso. And, outlining the stain on the bottom makes it look like continents. Or islands.


  1. I really like the way you explored Ellish. I think it looks nice done in a minimalist way. It will be fun to try different letters. I like the H you did.

  2. I agree with you about limiting the auras on ellish, but I think you've mastered it in all its wonder!

  3. Lovely tiles! I especially like your Ellish ones.

  4. Really enjoyed seeing your work and multiple ellishes. And like your use of color. Very nice. :0)

  5. Gorgeous work! I love your variations of Ellish and your H.

  6. I like this idea, Ellish in three formats.

  7. I think Ellish has enticed a lot of people into drawing multiple ones. I love the simplicity of yours and especially the original sized one with the Florz in the background. Maria has just posted a V-ish on the Mosaic app, so I think it can safely be said that you can turn Ellish into any letter of the alphabet - very useful.
    Love the colour in your Joey's tile.

  8. Beautiful tiles, I really love what you did with Ellish!

  9. Love your variations, of Ellish. Your other tiles are lovely too.

  10. I really enjoy the touch of color in your XIV tile.

  11. Love your cute Ellish-Tiles. Very dynamic.

  12. Wonderful pieces! Like the idea with the different sizes of the Ellish tiles. Your "H"- Ellish is so lovely! My favorite tile is the last one with its fine colours!