Monday, July 9, 2012

Diva Challenge #78 - Auraknot

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This week's Diva Challenge was to practice, and get familiar, with Zentangle's new pattern - Auraknot. I watched the video you can see here It made perfect sense. Then I picked up a pen and tile and went to work. Let me tell you I was so confused. I did mark my first point like Maria suggested, and that is the only way I was able to complete the above tile.
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As I looked at it, I realized it was hard to tell where the auraknot was - because of all the 'aura's I drew around it, so I went over the basic outline with a thicker pen.
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Not totally happy with my results, so I did another. I think I like this one better. 
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Then, I decided to add a triangle into the background like they show on the video clip. I like this and I probably should have stopped here . . .
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. . . but I'd been wanting to try something with pencils that didn't involve water. I like the way this looks - at this stage. 

Overall I am OK with my first attempt with auraknot. Truthfully, I got better results than I thought I was going to get - hahaha! It is a bit intimidating, but oh so beautiful when done right. 

To see everyone's auraknots, please visit the Diva's page here

30 comments:

  1. Each step is fun to see. It becomes easier with practice as Maria said in the video it eventually can be done without thinking...., I's surely not there yet. For your beginning attempts I love what you have done!

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    1. definitely one i'll have to practice - - - a lot! but it's fun - thanks for leaving me some encouraging comments - this has been the hardest one for me so far.

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  2. Amazing! The third and fifth pictures are my favorites. Isn't this an addictive tangle? I love adding color to it. Have fun with auraknot! :D

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    1. thanks, lisa! i can feel my hands itching to grab the pen again . . .

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  3. Wow, great dramatic creations Alice!

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    1. haha! shelly, you are too kind. i really had a tough time with auraknot, but i'm going to work on it some more today!

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  4. I am beginning to see that Zentangles are like Potato Chips....you cant have just one.....looks kewl Alice.
    I tried that very one last night, for my first "official" tangle....LOL

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

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    1. oh, cindy, you are too nice. i really wasn't happy with most of these - to the point that i just deleted one of the pictures - ugh. still working on this one today - i will not let it beat me! haha! did you post yours? i'm going to go look - if you didn't, you should :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing all of these. Amazing how easy it looks on the video but it's harder in practice. I love all your step-outs. My favorite though is the third one -- it looks like it wants to break free and fly!

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    1. haha! thanks! this was really hard for me - i guess that's how i learn.

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  6. These are lovely and my favorite is #3 (but then I always fall for color). Well done, I think you have Auraknot mastered.

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  7. All of them are great. I love the one with footlites best of all.

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  8. Thank you for showing us all your lovely designs. I'm having real problems with this tangle myself and it's so helpful seeing so many takes on it.

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    1. keep working on it lorraine, as i am - hoping it will come together and get easier :)

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  9. Nice to see how you improve this 'skill' of Auraknot. I prefer the third one; the footlights are well chosen.

    Annemarie Huijts

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    1. thank you! footlights are just plain fun to draw, too :)

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  10. Great job! Even watching the video I was getting lost--LOL! But it is really cool looking when you can manage to figure it out. Wow! :)

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    1. haha! i'm still trying to figure it out - repetition :)

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  11. Wow! You sure did a lot of these, which is great:) My fav is the last one, it's really awesome!

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  12. I love your progression, and all the versions. It is one that you can get lost in! I had to count each parallel line set to try to figure out where I was! Boy, your version with the spotlights is really spectacular! I like the blue triangles, too

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    1. thank you, gloria, for some wonderful comments. i was really discouraged trying this pattern at first, i'm still working on it, though and hopefully it will get easier.

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  13. I think they are all lovely. I understand your frustration, though, when trying to learn this one. I finally got it, but it wasn't easy, and I wanted so badly to use a ruler (oh horrors), but I persevered freehand and it finally came together; but without Maria's mark and turning the tile, I'd never have gotten it. My ffavorite of yours is the one where you added the color. It sings to me.

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    1. thanks, linda, that mark is critical - i'd be so lost if i didn't have that little mark to come back to. and i'm still working with the pattern - and it is coming a little easier.

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  14. I love all your tiles. Thanks you for the process you showed us. Have fun with more and more auraknots.

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    1. thanks! i appreciate your visit - all your visits :) sorry you are having trouble posting comments - i have no idea why. they ARE showing up here - if that's any help. i'm deleting the duplicates - have a great week!

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  15. I did the same thing you did--I got so caught up in the aura, I took it outside the knot and it was lost...but it was fun!! I really like the last one, the color's beautiful and the knot worked great! Nicely done!

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  16. Fabulous job with the challenge! You did a great job working with auraknot! Love it! :)

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    1. thank you, deb, i think i'm getting more comfortable with it - it's fun, that's for sure :)

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