Dead leaves dancing in the wind. Snowflakes glittering in the moonlight. Trees silhoutted against a frosty sky. Winter is a time of magic.
Three is somewhat of a magic number in composition, the layout of an artistic piece, so I decided to use that to create a tree-like tangle.
Each tree has three branches. Each branch has three limbs. Each limb has three shoots of its own. Vary the length and direction, making sure you don’t automatically make all the limbs increasingly smaller as you add limb to limb.
Wood-sere is more realistic than most tangle patterns. It gives a stark, dramatic flair to your zentangle or zendoodle. But if you wish a more abstract look, make your branches and limbs straighter. Bend your branches and limbs in square 90 degree angles.
We’ve long sought to replicate the beautiful patterns of nature.
Throughout the ages, lacemakers have decorated clothing and beautified tabletops and fancied up their furniture with fluffy, delicate, or elegant streams of lace.
You can enhance your zentangles with a touch of LACY. This particular pattern makes me think of my Grandma’s parlor.
For a look at fantastic laces and fabrics, visit Geology Urban Fossil’s FLICKR photostream.
She finds old fabrics, and recreates them into modern treasures.
Tangle patterns are everywhere, even in the art of others.
Jennifer Maestre is one artist that thinks outside the box–or rather, outside the drawing. Instead of using her pencils to sketch with, she cuts them up, and sews them into the most incredible creatures.
The minute I saw her work, I realized there was a tangle there, and STUBS was born.
It’s a tangle with energy that will add pizzazz to your zentangle.
Sometimes you need a little help.
Buoy is a simple little doodle that adds zing to repetitive backgrounds such as pebbles, or KEEKO or YINCUT. It’s a handy dandy lifesaver shape.
I love sharing my zentangle zendoodle tangle patterns with people, and seeing what they do with them. No one does a tangle in exactly the same way.
Here is a gorgeous zentangle done by flowerlady56 using STUBS, VORTEX and BUOY from my patterns. She’s using PRINTEMPS, HOLLIBAUGH, MSST and PEARLZ, which are official zentangle patterns, and a few patterns that I believe are her own.
She’s using color to great effect, and I just love what she’s done.
You can see more of her work at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42738371@N07/
Sandra Bartholomew is incredibly generous in sharing new patterns. As a certified teacher, she shows some of the official zentangle patterns and some of her own incredible patterns.
This week, she has incorporated the tangle-of-the-week in a slide show of her studio. Her studio is funky and lots of fun. Well worth a click away to see it.
Tangle of the week and studio tour of Sandra’s studio:
And don’t forget to check out her new book. It may be sold out at the moment, but I suspect she’ll have more available soon. It’s a terrific little book with great examples of approximately 100 tangles! She isn’t sharing the patterns in this book, but she’s preparing a tangle pattern book that will be on sale soon!
Sandra Bartholomew’s Alphatangle book:
The mind is a funny thing. It takes clues from shadow and shape, size and detail, and interprets how big, how far, how deep.
You can fool the mind into believing there are three dimensional shapes and distance between objects by using shadow and detail.
Upwall is a fun little pattern that plays tricks with the mind.