Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Monday, 2 December 2013


Challenge 147 was a UMT (use my tangle) + boo-kee task. I never really know what to make of UMT but assume it does not have to be a monotangle and that another of the patterns could (or should?) be my own. I decided not to add colour, as the design seems to need the strong black and white contrast. I used a variation of this week's mandala template by Erin Olsen not just to kill two birds with one stone, but because I thought my tangleation of boo-kee would fit it. The edges are a variation of my spiky cactus border. The  spheres are filled with an abstracted version of a cactus flower. Second thoughts about colour! I've added digitally coloured versions below. It's amazing what colour does, but I haven't decided yet which one I like best!

NB.March 18, 2018 -  I stopped doing these challenges when the blog closed I think it has started up again but I got out of the habit!
mandala with boo-kee and spiky
Below are examples of this mandala on digitally altered backgrounds. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Update for C'est la vie

NB I have reopened this blog for logistic reasons. All older posts are available here.

NB I completed my NANOWRIMO novel in good time and it is available here.

BTW: The small images I have offered for reference on my pages are not stolen copyright images, as was insinuated by one lady (who uses them) on facebook. All the names of patterns are given. The idea is to help choose patterns, not teach them! I will be issuing a new edition of this PDF in two formats for your convenience and help to get at those patterns you want to use, but of which you have forgotten the name or have simply forgotten all about. The PDF may lead to you finding new patterns for which you can then get directions either at the official tanglepattern website, or, if the pattern is not included there, at the blog of the pattern's inventor. Quite simple, really. Use a search engine to help you find the respective blog.

I did point out that the ipad/reader format of the patterns is not suitable for printing. In fact, printing is only needed if you are planning to cut the bits up and put them in a box for tombola-like selection (apparently one lady had printed them all and was handing them round for perusal). In theory, you could enlarge any part of the PDF, make screen shots and then print large versions of the little squares, but this may not be satisfactory as the squares have been digitally shrunk in most cases.

I am sorry some people got some or all of this wrong or drew totally false conclusions about my intentions. C'est la vie!