|Tangles used - Flux, Ynix, Opus and Mooka|
I haven't tangled much of late. I'm stuck in one of the gristly bits of life, and it's taking most of my time and energy and focus to chew my way through. I'll get there, but not just yet. My tangle-hand feels rusty, my lines are a little more wobbly than usual. I'm a bit jittery, distracted. But a window of time opened today and I wanted to make the most of it. Rather than getting lost in the choice of which project to resume I reached for this week's Diva Challenge - where she invites us to make a mosaic from 4 tiles. I knew I wouldn't have time to make 4 full sized tiles, so I reach for Bijous. I then (somewhat stupidly) decided it would be easier to cut my tiles and switch parts, rather than drawing strings. The resulting pieces didn't fit together that well, the sections didn't line up smoothly and I didn't feel that hopeful. I almost abandoned it altogether.
|I added a black border at the scanning / adjustment stage |
to hide the ragged edges, I may be the Ragged Ray but there are limits!
But then I started tangling... adding just 4 original tangles, some perfs, ink, graphite and white pencil. The imperfections slowly started to fade (they're still there, but only if you choose to notice them). Each tile has its own personality, its tangle, its quirks. Each little tile looks good on its own, but stands stronger as part of the whole. With patience, effort and compromise something apparently hopeless stands a chance. All of which is true for life, as it is for my tiles. Wisdom enough for one week I think!