Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekly Challenge #325 - Guest Post by Jessica Davies PART TWO!

Hey Folks! Laura here!! i just wanted to pop in and say a quick hello, to thank Jessica last week and this week.  The glitch is fixed, and the photos are there! Hope you're having a great summer! - Laura 

Weekly Challenge #325

Hi again! It’s me, Jessica, back for another challenge. Your tiles, comments, love, emails and hashtags last week were amazeballs -- thank you from the bottom of my heart! -- and I am
looking forward to spending another week with you. Yes, the Diva entrusted me with not one but TWO blog posts. She’s a brave soul, that Diva! :-) So with a big smile and a thankful heart ...

here we go!

Last week was about sharing the love. Today, we’re going to keep that theme and apply it to a
tangle that, in my humble opinion, is often overlooked and underutilized.
You may have noticed the tangle peanuckle in a couple tiles from last week’s post. It’s the
tangle that looks like a basket weave in the blue hearts:



The first time I tried peanuckle it felt like lima beans. You know, one of those things that is
supposed to be good for you but you just have trouble getting it down. I just couldn’t get it. The
S shapes didn’t flow, the connecting lines were off kilter, the final product didn’t look anything
like the demo. As far as tangles go, it went to the bottom of the pile as a “tried it, didn’t like it.”

Here’s the tile:

However, when I encountered peanuckle again it was a smoother experience. This time I was at
CZT Seminar and the tangle just seemed to make more sense. It still wasn’t my favorite and
there were some residual lima bean qualities in that I struggled to get it down, but the finished
tile was pretty decent. When one of my fellow CZTs, Amy Amaryllis, said it was one of her
favorite tangles, well, I was dumbfounded. How could this crazy tangle be anyone’s favorite?! It
was cumbersome (to me) and took forever to draw and the results were never as intended.

Clearly, I didn’t see its possibilities or opportunities.

Fast forward to this year. I’m still not a fan of lima beans but peanuckle is now a “winner, winner,
chicken dinner!” It’s often making appearances on my tiles. The more I play with this tangle the
more opportunities I find. It’s great as a filler or a border, shading makes it super 3D, and the
possibilities for ribbons of peanuckle are endless. I seriously LOVE peanuckle ribbons, y’all!

Yes, in a few short months it has become one of my go-to tangles. Hear that, Amy?!



Weekly Challenge #325 - Peanuckle

So that’s it, my friends. The Diva’s challenge before her vacation was to show your appreciation
for your home, last week it was to show the love for each other, and today we’re showering our
attention on a particular tangle, peanuckle.


Peanuckle is a tangle by Molly Hollibaugh that uses the S shape and straight(ish) lines to create
a basket weave effect. The step outs to peanuckle and a fab video of Molly demonstrating it can
be found here:

CLICK ME

If you find you need help with peanuckle, just relax your hand, take a deep breath, and watch
Molly’s video in the link above. The entire tangle uses just two of the elemental strokes. Two!
Exactly like the number of blog posts I’m doing!




I don’t always put the connecting lines in the middle of the S “peas.” I like to think of this as
omitting the “nuckle.” LOL. Yes, it winds up looking a little bit like narwal. No, it’s not a new
tangle. It’s just a tangleation that keeps the things light and airy on the tile.



If there’s a tangle you struggle with, instead of treating it like lima beans and pushing it to the
side of your plate, play with it. You don’t need a special journal or unique pens; just keep
drawing. If it still feels wonky to you, find a local CZT and ask them to help. It might make sense
one day or it might not. Just keep drawing one stroke at a time because you never know when
your lima bean will turn into a peanuckle. :-)


Join me and Amy Amaryllis and Molly Hollibaugh on the peanuckle bandwagon and post your
tiles below using the linky wizard. If you also post your submissions on social media you can
use the hashtags #DC325 (Diva Challenge #325) or #peanuckle. Note that you’ll find peanuckle
on the Zentangle Mosaic App with a few unique spellings. Just as unique as the tangle itself. :-)
(FYI - on Molly’s advice, I’ve omitted the dash in peanuckle for hashtagging purposes)

Like last week, you can follow me on the Zentangle Mosaic App as JessicaDaviesCZT, on
Instagram as @saltedpinkstudio, and Facebook as Salted Pink Studio - Jessica Davies CZT.
You can also reach me at jessica at saltedpinkstudio dot com if you’d prefer to send an email.

Thanks for hanging with me these past two weeks while The Diva takes a break. I hope you’ve
had a good time sharing the love and I look forward to seeing your creativity with #peanuckle!



If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)



31 comments:

  1. So happy to have you back Jessica! I've never seen Peanuckle drawn the way you have.... it's going to take me a bit to figure it out! I was taught Peanuckle in Zentangle 101 class. I didn't get it then, but later on... Sat down and spent time with it. I did figure it out, but don't use it very often. I LOVE your tangleation! ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. Awww. Thanks so much, Deanne! I've had a blast writing these posts and seeing everyone's interpretations on the challenges. Y'all have provided some pretty wonderful inspiration too!
      Keep up with peanuckle and you'll find your own tangleation on it. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Tangle on!

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  2. You have used Peanuckle in some really creative ways, Jessica. Very inspiring.

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  3. Good to see you again this week! But .... Peanuckle ..... really? Well I'm going to give it a try in the next couple of days. Thanks anyway for this post!

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    1. Good to see you too, Anne!
      Yes, peanuckle. That's exactly how I used to feel about it -- a big sigh and a "no thanks." But play with it and figure out a way/tangleation that works for you. I have every confidence YOU CAN DO IT! :-)

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    2. Yup Monday's are brutal but then I come home and decompress with tangles. Love it thanks

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  4. Hello again. I got home after a 12 shift as I do every Monday but today I was excited about drawing pea-nuckle for the first time. Thank again for taking over. Love your tangles and the ones posted already.

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    1. I'm so impressed. You worked a 12-hour shift and then tangled the challenge?! Superwoman Tara there! We all need to be taking notes from you on how to balance life and tangle time. :-)

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  5. I really appreciate this fresh look at Pea-nuckle. I avoided this tangle, too. Not anymore! Thank you!

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    1. Keep going with peanuckle, tripoli and molygon, girl! They are beautiful!

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  6. I am cured and Pea-Nuckle is back. I found a new way how to approach and draw Pea-Nuckle and now it is so easy and even looks clean and - may I say it out loud? - almost perfect (in my eyes). Thanks Jess, for making me rethink and play with a tangle I had banned from my desk to never return.

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    1. Woot woot! Your tiles are beautiful, Susie! Congratulations on your "cure." Can't wait to see how else you use peanuckle in the future. :-)

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  7. Thanks for another great challenge Jessica! I'm definitely in that camp of Peanuckle knuckleheads. I love your lazy S take on it. I went with the fat S start for this first tile, but I'm starting to get it now so I can play some more. Good times;-)

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    1. You're so welcome, Michele! I tend to write and draw "lazy" S's so that's my comfort with peanuckle. I like how you've got the "fat" S's thing going on. I'll need to work on those some more.
      Thanks again for participating in the challenge this week!

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  8. Thank you so much for the inspiration with Peanuckle! It was never a tangle that I used or liked very much, but after this, I think it's going to become quickly one of my favorite ones.

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    1. Eni, your take on peanuckle is wonderful! Can't wait to see how it evolves over time with you.

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  9. I love your tiles with Peanuckle. This was my first encounter with it and I think it can grow on me! I'm going to keep at it and try to use it my tiles! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna. Keep playing with peanuckle! Hopefully it will grow on you like a weed. :-)

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  10. For so many ppl who seemed to hate Peanuckle they sure came up with VERY creative ways to use it!

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    1. Right?! When I heard the groans echoing around the world on Monday I wasn't so sure we'd get this many people to participate in the challenge, but everyone has done a superb job eating their lima beans this week. LOL Thanks for participating, Trudi!

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  11. thanks, jess, for a real challenge!

    from susie ng's stepouts (new info on how to draw this, see #19 above), i learned how easy it is to draw. thanks, susie!

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    1. You're welcome! Always good to push ourselves a little bit. :)

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  12. Well well well....practice is necessary with this tangle. But I think I overcome my avoidance! I kind of like it by now! Thank´s Jessica, I´ll work on it!

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    1. Yay! I agree that it takes a some practice to be comfortable with peanuckle. Once you figure it out though, it does grow on you. :)

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  13. Jessica, thank you for being the guest Diva again. I'm not sure I'm ever going to like Peanuckle, but I do like lima beans, so there's hope. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. It's been a treat being The Diva's guest for 2 weeks. Thanks to all of you for welcoming me with open arms and pens at the ready!

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  14. I have always liked Pea-nuckle. Think you have gotten the hang of it. Your tangleation of it without the nuckle reminds me of Sandy Steen Bartholomew's Newell tangle.

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    1. I had always admired it too, but just hadn't quite gotten the flow of it until after a lot of trial and error. Lots of error actually! Challenges like this prove we're not alone in our admiration or struggles. :)
      Thanks for participating in the Challenge again this week, Donald!

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  15. Jessica, thank you for the challenge. The first couple of times I tried this tangle, I really disliked it. Then I looked more closely at your tiles as examples and found my own style. Thanks!

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    1. Hooray! So glad you were able to overcome the dislike and found your own method/style with peanuckle. Tangle on! :)

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tangle me some zen, baby!!