Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Diva Challenge #194 ~ Embrace the Yuck!

Phew! I started this one out on Monday (several times!) after I read the Diva's Challenge by her guest blogger this week, Elisa Murphy. She wanted us to use our non-dominant hand to do our tangle this week to show our solidarity and support to the Diva while her youngest son, Artoo, recovers from eye surgery. In this exercise, we show our frustration and powerlessness over things that happen in our lives. But as we pick up our pens and pencils in our non-dominant hand, we can learn to deal with the things that cause these feelings and know that we can overcome them.  Well, that's the theory anyway.....  As I said, I started this one several times, but I mostly just sat there with my pencil in my left hand and trying to will my brain to just draw. Do you know how hard it is to think in reverse?  I finally got some scratch paper and picked a few tangles that I liked and practiced drawing them with my left hand until I finally figured out how to draw it "backwards" for me. Apparently, I crochet and tat left-handed or so my grandmother used to tell me, but I just did what was comfortable. And in picking up my pen, which I was reluctant to do until I have managed to actually draw my border on my tile with my left hand, I took a little while to figure out how to hold the darn thing! But I found a way that was comfy for me and regardless of what my son and hubby thought, it was comfortable for me.  I was holding it like a chopstick so that I could control the movement...otherwise I wouldn't have been able to draw as well as my 2 year old granddaughter.  But all that background aside now......Here it is!

Challenge 194~Embrace the Yuck!
Media ~ 4" Tile, Micron Pen, pencil and shading stomp
Tangles ~ Shattuck, Cadence, Y-Ful, and a couple of others I frankly don't remember!

So hurry to the Diva's Place and check out the other submissions for this week right here.  As always, any comments are appreciated and constructive criticism is ALWAYS welcome!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

23 comments:

  1. I am so glad you overcame your problems and did this tile. It is very good for one done with your non-dominant hand.

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    1. Thank you....My husband thought it was very good for my left hand and then stopped and looked again and said very good for your right hand too *grin*

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  2. :) Very difficult, indeed, these challenge! But you did it. Aren't our brains strange and wonderful?!

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    1. Thank you and yes, sometimes we need to listen to our brains and give things a try.

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  3. I've gotta say, I'm with your husband! I'd be impressed no matter which hand this was because I can't tell! I admire folks who can chose the right tangles to flow together and you did that masterfully!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I tend to be a perfectionist and this was a good exercise for me. Thank you for the challenge!

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  4. I agree with your Husband, also. Your Challenge Tile is beautifully done. Your ChopStick style of Pencil control is a winner. Love your patterns and design. Well done, and I enjoyed your Post.

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    1. Thank you David...my left hand tends to think for itself and that seriously is the only way I was even remotely steady. Felt like a kindergartener though...lol

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  5. Some of these are hard to tell that people used their non-dominant hand, and yours is one of them. Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you so much Jean. I can't tell you how much all of these comments mean to me. I do appreciate each and every one of this group.

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  6. Obviously comfortable is the right way to go! Beautiful desing and the tile really works well. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you and yes, it seemed to work for me *smile*

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  7. Great tile, I think that your brain overcame your hand and it's great! I think we all struggled with how to make it work this week!

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    1. Thank you, I may have to try some more of these to strengthen my hand. Who knows, one of these days, I may be forced to have to use it.

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  8. That's a fantastic tile with some tricky tangles. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. As always, it is appreciated.

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    1. Aww.....thank you. It was fun once I got over the terror!

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  10. Your method to prepare yourself (and your hand) for this tile, really worked. Hard to see that it's not the dominant one.

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    1. Thank you very much. As I said earlier, I do tend to be too much of a perfectionist as hubby and son are always telling me, so I just keep trying.

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