Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Breathe!

Here is my response to The Diva's  Breathe Challenge this week.  She said,"Your challenge, should you choose to accept it - is to create a tile or piece using conscious, even breath. To Relax. Breathe. Smile."

What a blessing this challenge has been!  I have been playing with Paradox for the past few days and enjoying it...the more familiar I became with it, the more soothing I found it.  The final tangle is more of a variation I guess...it is paradox melted down.  I did the four dots, joined them to form a border, then drew a string, and filled each section with paradox as much as the string allowed.  I was relaxed, aware of my breathing.  I did each of the tangles below at bedtime...as I said the other night, it was better than a sleeping pill!  When finished this one I thought it looked like a wood spirit. (or maybe a wood nymph)  



This one I call Tumbling Paradox, it reminds me of ice cubes tumbling from a glass. 


The more I became familiar with this pattern, the more it's repetitiveness relaxed me.  A cross made four squares to tangle.



The first one I posted the other night and called Soothing, began with an X inside the border making 4 triangles to tangle with Paradox.

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27 comments:

  1. Wow, I can see your breathing has become calmer and it seems restful!

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  2. They're all striking, beautiful - entangling! :D I'm still getting a handle on Paradox; seeing these has helped me wrap my head around it.

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  3. One of my favorite patterns....done beautifully!

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  4. Lovely job on the challenge and Paradox. Way to breathe and relax!

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  5. The Tumbling Paradox one just fascinates me, love, love love it!!!

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  6. I love your experiments with paradox!

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  7. I love this tangle! I haven't quite got the hang of it yet.

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  8. These are fabulous! I can't get my paradox to work out just right, I must be leaving something out.

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  9. Heather I love your Tumbling Paradox and was playing with your Paradox squares and can't recreate them. Are you using a square to make this or are there triangles buried in there I don't see? It's driving me batty. Any insight would be verrry much appreciated. If you could email me that would be great. dobriendesign

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  10. Hi Daniele! I started with the top square, tangled it,added the next, tangled that one etc...all the way to the bottom. Should have left well enough alone but I tried to add one behind in a space near the top one, the darker shaded one, and lost my rhythm there--the lines didn't work!..even the shading on that one isn't right. I would love to see how you play with this! :-)

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  11. Lovely! I love all the things you can do with Paradox.

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  12. oh yes...no hidden triangles...just squares

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  13. @Sandy Petals...play with it...as Maria and Rick say, rotate your tile for each line you draw. You will get the rhythm.

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  14. An impressive mastery of Paradox - well done!

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  15. Addicted to relaxation - what could possibly be wrong with that?! (But then - we're all pretty addicted to breathing too. LOL)

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  16. P.S. the Tumbling Paradox is simply stunningly awesome!

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  17. I can see wood and strong trees in the first one. I love the black centers to break it up. Striking. Thank you for your comments on my ZenT, and I just happened to use Paradox for the first time there! I practiced a few times on scraps to make sure I grasped the concept. I love it--it's sure to be one of my "go-to" tangles when I'm stumped--and your relaxed use of it is an inspiration.

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  18. Paradox is one of my favorite tangles! Fantastic examples!

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  19. i love paradox!! seems like you had a wonderful time playing with this challenge!

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  20. These mono-tangles are stunning!!!
    Each and every one of it. But the wood nymph is the queen of all these tiles! Love her.

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  21. I'm relaxing,breathing and smiling while looking at these. Mostly smiling because I think Paradox is one of the most challenging tangles. It always gives me trouble. But I love it.
    Barbara

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  22. I love it! Never tried paradox, but I see how fascinating it is. Thank you!

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  23. ooohhhh I love these! I think the tumbling paradox is my fave...I love exploring one tangle over and over again during the course of a week or so...such pretty tangles!

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  24. great fun ! the first is my fav!!!

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