This week's Diva challenge was right up my alley (not just because we started watching Disney's Tangled (no pun intended) with my daughter for the first time).
The Diva, Laura, challenged us to create a duotangle, a term coined on the Diva's blog, using the patterns Well and Punzel. Until recently, Punzel was on my do-not-tangle list. The pattern just didn't click with me. I often made the center chain, the Chainging, too elongated so the braided sections would look skinny and strange to me. I couldn't figure out how to make the beautifully flowing chains that others were creating.
There's no right or wrong with tangling, but sometimes, I think there can be discomfort with patterns. Like I encourage my students, I try to let go of the idea of what a pattern "should" look like and focus on how I feel while creating it. I find that I get a little frustrated by patterns that look better when they have a bit of precision. I have learned, however, that my frustration can create a mental block that prevents me from exploring certain patterns like Punzel.
Thanks to fellow CZT Pixie Russell, I learned how to find my own comfort with the pattern. I look forward to exploring it more to see what else I can do with it. I know I shouldn't compare my art or my process to others, and I truly believe that practice and eliminating barriers can work wonders when I'm stuck.
Sometimes, we all can use a little help from a talented CZT to help us get unstuck and to help the tangles flow again. Thanks, Pixie!