Simplicity Challenge

Last week CZT Laura Harms posted her first Monday challenge on her blog “I Am the Diva”.

The challenge – “Simplicity“.

I decided that simplicity meant staying with the basics, and I chose to focus on three of them:

Dark and Light
Straight and Curved
Big and Small

I think I acheived something that falls into my style of ‘thing’. It’s dense and though not shaded, it has some sense of movement and 3D-ity. Yet it is far simpler than most of my work.

My tangle pattern "Buckle"

As you can see by the example art, there are many variations that you can use with this pattern. 
Tips to keep the buckle ‘floating’ above the rest of the pattern.  Make sure that none of the lines outside the buckle match up with the corners of the buckle.  
Want the floating illusion to be stronger? The stronger the contrast between the buckle and the underlying pattern, the stronger the illusion.  
     Darken the outside lines on one side of the buckle and on the bottom.  Shade one side of the buckle
     and the bottom (See my pattern “Diaglyph“, for an example).  
     If you do use a pattern within the buckle, keep it simple.  Simpler and more open than the pattern(s)
     in the background.

Artwork for the tangle pattern "Chilgoza"

This year for Christmas I’m cutting and folding wallets made out of Tyvek paper, and then coloring them with alchohol inks.  I don’t think I’m going to have time to tangle them, but this one I did using a micron pen, and shading with Pitt brush pens.  
I’m not sure how long these will last, but the Tyvek paper costs about $2.00 for a 23 x 35 sheet, which is enough for two wallets.  The alchohol inks are a lot more expensive, but still–I can make the wallets for about $4-$5 dollars apiece.  If they don’t last, I’ll just make more next year, lol!
Here’s the wallet, which happens to use my pattern “Chilgoza” (along with “Facets”, the latest tangle posted in the zentangle newsletter, and several other of my own patterns.

My tangle pattern "Mulberry"

“Here we go round the mulberry bush…”  I’m probably aging myself with the lyrics to that song, lol.  Do children still sing it?
While I was working on this tangle, the song popped into my head, because I had trouble doing the steps until I fell into a rhythm–go round the square drawing the rectangles.  Then go round the square connecting them, and then go round again completing the connecting rectangles.  And when working a grid, you go around the grid connecting the squares.  So the name ‘Mulberry’ seemed appropriate.

My tangle pattern "Travertine"

I received an email from Debi, asking if there was a ‘herringbone’ tangle.  The closest I could think of was “Tasket“, a tangle that Sandy Bartholomew and I worked on together.  But though it is based on a herringbone type pattern, it isn’t quite the same.  I’m sure others have done one (please, let me know if you are aware of one!), but I decide to come up with steps to one of my own.

A tip: When you draw the initial zig zag, be sure the first line on the left is slanting down.  If it slants up, you’ll need to skip step 3.  This seems obvious, but I managed to mess myself up that way.  Sometimes, you are concentrating on the individual steps and not the whole, so it’s easy to miss the obvious, lol!

This is also a try at yet another type of pattern template. 

I’ve had these 12 square grids for quite a while–good for more complex patterns or for adding variations, etc.  I’ve just always cut away the squares I don’t use for the pattern steps, figuring why make the template any bigger than necessary.

Today, the thought hit me. I like practicing new tangles on a grid, so I can get a feel for length and width, and how everything ties together.  And, perhaps, so would you.  I’ve left the extra grid squares so that you can print the whole thing out, and use the grid to draw the pattern yourself.

Let me know if you find this helpful, or just a waste of paper and file size!

I’m using my own ‘Travertine’ herringbone pattern, and Carole Ohl’s “Bitten”, which is based off of a houndstooth.  They seemed like a good match!

My tangle pattern ‘Chilgoza’

I’ve had this pattern ready for almost a week, but needed to do an example artwork, and also, I have an idea for building on this to create a tangle that looks surprisingly different (to me anyway).  But I haven’t been able to get to either one, so I’m going to post this anyway.  It makes a wonderful border or string.
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