Monday, January 30, 2012

Non-Dominant Hand

The Diva decided to throw a blast-from-the-past at us this week, and echoed a Challenge from last year. The challenge of completing a tile with our non-dominant hand. YIKES! As a kid I tried to train myself to be ambidextrous...with no success. I am a confirmed right-y. Which is fine...until the Diva askes me to tangle with my left hand! Rick and Maria encourage this, too. It's a great exercise in approaching something familiar in a different way.

So, I did it. I just sat down and put my mind (and my left hand) to it and completed my tile. I wanted to see it through so there'd be no chance of me neglecting my tile and leaving it half done.


It was difficult. But I actually enjoyed the process, though I felt awkward and frustrated with my lack of control. I'm not thrilled with my tile. But maybe I came up with a new tangle! Does anyone know of a tangle such as the one on the lower right hand side? A grid-based collection of converging lines...my mind is spinning trying to come up with a great name, just in case it doesn't have one yet.

This tile features Juke in a modified form (I didn't mean to modify it; I just goofed and ran with it), Mysteria, Meer, Crescent Moon, and the Tangle- Without-a-Name-Yet-But I'm-Working-On-It-and-Please-Let-Me-Know-If-You-Are-Aware-of-this-Tangle's-Existence-by-Another-Tangler.

If you visit, please, PLEASE do me a favor--leave a comment! It doesn't have to be on this post--I had very few comments on my last two entries last time I checked (a mere two comments each...is anyone visiting?), so explore a bit and leave me some feedback!

Don't miss Caroline's tile, posted under "Bonus Moebius." Who's Caroline? Read the post and find out!

Off to continue trying to make the most of this Monday,
Amy in TN

19 comments:

  1. Great job on your tile - taking on the circles of Mysteria now that would be a real challenge. As to the new pattern question - it's not exact but has similar elements to Linda Farmer's Zin - the line work is similar but the grid shape and how she fills it in is different. Is it a tangleation or new - probably different enough to be new.

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  2. Your tile is lovely! You still show lots of control for a non-dom piece. I had to put my right hand down on the table and force it to stay! It was just itching to grab the pen and take over.

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  3. Thanks! I'm not quite sure what I was thinking with Mysteria...I had actually never used it before, but I have been employing Tipple more and more...I am just drawn to little orbs, I guess.
    And converging lines, too! I should have thought of Zin--Caroline uses it a lot, and I've been meaning to, as well. Thank you for helping me figure out why it seems familiar...and also telling me it might be different enough. I wondered if it is too close to Munchin, but the key to Munchin is its randomness, and mine is not at all random.
    Cindy, I, too, had to fight that urge to use my right hand the entire time I was tangling!

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  4. I think it is a beautiful tile!

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  5. Very nice and wel done with left!
    I found it quit difficult. On this moment i have a very painfull shoulder now but it was already bad.
    It is for the first time that i can publish a comment with a google account, i am happy!

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  6. Wow! That's all I can say. I'm not sure I can even hold a pen in my non-dom. I guess I'll have to try. I like the "new" tangle.

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  7. Great work! Iam having trouble even holding the pen myself.

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  8. Really well done - a great tile!

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  9. your creation has a lot of interest and it flows nicely....great job.

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  10. Very nice! I love the organic look of the tile.

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  11. Great, I see a river and rock garden! Fab!

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  12. I agreed with everyone about control the pen and it takes me loads of concentration to do it. There were some lingering in my mind to tell me that I use wrong hand! I use my determination to complete my work. Well done for doing this challenge! It had certainly bring everyone in to encourage and support everyone! Brilliant!

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  13. farms and river and starfishes :) yes very lovely

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  14. I think your tile looks great! I've seen similar tangles to the one on the bottom right, but not that one exactly. Of course, I haven't been tangling even a year yet, so there's probably lots I haven't seen!

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  15. Hi Amy! I love what you have done. Love your story too. Sounds familiar :-) And uh, what about 'Flowing Left'for a name...

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  16. Very nice tile. You took on some big challenges and made it work. As for the mystery tangle, I am not familiar with anything similar so you may have created a new tangle!

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  17. Amy, I really like this tile. Your shading is very effective and I love that munchin-esque tangle you created. I will try it out!

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  18. In spite of the difficulties you describe - your tile has tons of character and charm! Well done! I think this was a great learning experience for us all!!!

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