Tangle of the week: Land Girlz

I had to share Land Girlz because it looks just like section 2 of the Havana CAL!

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The blue and red bit is section 2

Here’s the official tutorial and back-story if you’re interested.

Step 1. Draw a row of squares.

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Step 2. Draw connecting lines between the squares.

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Step 3. Add aura lines.

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Step 4. In the spaces created, draw more squares.

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Step 5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you run out of space/ink/time/patience.

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And as usual, just a wee bit of shading can pop it into 3D no problem.

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So what do you think of Land Girlz? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Paradox Reversed

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that Paradox is my all-time favourite Tangle.

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So when I saw that someone had created a variation on it, I had to give it a try. You can check out the tutorial on the creator’s blog here.

Step 1. Mark out your square.

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Step 2. Draw the first four lines as you would in regular Paradox.

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Step 3. Reverse direction and draw the next four lines.

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Step 4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the centre of the square.

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the centre.

I’ll be honest, this one was a bit of a brain workout! I had to count my lines as I drew them, to make sure I changed direction after every fourth one.

Here’s what it looks like in grid formation.

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And in triangles, like Paradox at the top of the post.

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I really like it, but regular Paradox is still my favourite.

What do you think of Paradox Reversed? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Panthe

If I look at Panthe for too long it makes my eyes feel funny, but that’s partly why I like it! As you can see in the tutorial it’s based on the Pantheon Dome in Rome, which inspired me to try a circular tangle area for the first time.

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Step 1. Draw a grid using double lines.

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Step 2. Add crosses in the larger squares.

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Step 3. Draw a small square around the centre of each cross

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Step 4. Draw a larger square around the small one

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the sections where the grid lines overlap

Step 6 (optional). Add some shading.

I decided to have a play with this Tangle, see what else could be done with it. I tried starting off with a single-line grid rather than double.

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Then a triple-line grid.

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Adding in some extra squares.

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And filling in certain sections.

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It’s so interesting to me how little changes like that can really alter the look of a Tangle.

So what do you think of Panthe? Which is your favourite version? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Basic baubles: the sequel

I was right, I do like most of my bauble designs better in plastic than I did on paper.

Although I still hate this one

What was I thinking.

Paradox, as always, is my favourite.

My dad made a lot of these

But that was mainly trying to make the machine colour in the little circles. It never did manage.

Dad’s favourite was this one

And I have to say it’s a close second for my favourite too. It’s strange that these are exactly what I drew on paper, but they seem totally different etched onto plastic.

So now I have some baubles of my very own design to hang on the tree!

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Schway

I can’t get over how amazingly easy this tangle is!

Tutorial here along with the story behind the Tangle and its name.

I start with the extra step of drawing a dotted grid to make sure my lines are as even as possible.

Then draw the zigzags.

Add in diagonals.

And you’re done!

I think this one would be good for a Sorry You’re Leaving or Happy Travels card, with arrows pointing the way ahead but also reminding you to look back now and then at where you’ve been.

What do you think of Schway? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Deeday

I’ve got a pretty new Tangle to look at today, shared on Tanglepatterns just this month. You can find the tutorial here.

I wasn’t too impressed when I saw Deeday on its own, it just looks (to me) like very stylised bows and arrows – not a great deal of use for general card making.

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But the magic happens when you play with the orientation. Point them in.

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Or out.

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Or a bit of both!

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You could also remove the gridlines.

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So many options! I’ll definitely be using this as a background for some cards soon.

What do you think of Deeday? Which is your favourite orientation? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Quiltz

So it turns out Knyt is not the only craft-inspired Tangle out there. This week I discovered the amazing Quiltz.
Here is the official tutorial, and here is my step by step:

Make a grid (surprisingly neat for me)

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Draw one set of diagonal lines, preferably in one continuous line rather than taking pen from paper for each little box.

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Draw the opposite diagonals

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Now, here I add in an extra step just to keep myself neat. The official step-out just says to draw a plus sign in the centre of each cross, but I put in all the vertical lines at once

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Followed by the horizontal lines.

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Then join the tips of the plus signs to the corners of each box. First in one direction.

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Then the other.

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And it’s done! When I look at the finished Tangle my eyes switch back and forth between seeing the four-pointed shapes I drew, and big stars made by the spaces in between.

It’s quite similar to Hemp, isn’t it? Another of my favourites.

So what do you think of Quiltz? Have any of you made a quilt like this before? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Maryhill

I’ve got another Tangle with personal meaning this week.

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When I first moved to Glasgow (gosh, nearly 8 years ago now) my Mum’s Scottish colleague said I would be fine as long as I avoided two areas of the city; Easterhouse and Maryhill. I was a good girl and only searched for flats in the West End, found a room for rent, and moved in.

It was several months later that I discovered the line between the West End and Maryhill is pretty fuzzy, and I was actually staying in the latter. Bad daughter. But it was actually a really nice street, obviously I didn’t die, and that flat was the gateway to me staying in Glasgow permanently so I’ll always have a soft spot for Maryhill.

Which brings me to the Tangle. Not only does it remind me of my first place up here, it’s also one of those magical patterns that creates a shape without me explicitly drawing it. Here’s the link to the official tutorial.

And here’s my first ever attempt.

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It’s good aura practice.

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The pinwheel is easier to see when the image is smaller. I need to try it with other shapes as well to see if the same rule applies.

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Shading also helps.

It’s not quite as magical as Paradox, but it has the same meditative quality to it and I do love pinwheels so I’ll definitely be using it in the future.

So that’s Maryhill! What do you think? Can you see the pinwheel? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Knyt

It’s been far, far too long since I wrote a tangle of the week post so (even though the week is nearly finished now) I’m sticking one up right now!

It’s called Knyt, and just look at it.

How could I possibly resist?

If you’ve read some of my TOTW posts before you’ll know that it often takes me two or three attempts to really get it, but this one just seemed to come naturally to me. Maybe it’s because I’m a knitter. Probably it’s because Knyt is so simple. Either way I reckon I’ll be using this Tangle a lot in my crafting.

You can find the official tutorial here, and here’s my step by step.

Looking like tiny rainbows.

Just ignore that squiggle at the bottom. The wind blew the paper into my pen. Oh the perils of outdoor tangling!

Voila! It’s pretty magical I think. Next up I want to try it with chunky ‘yarn’ and see how that looks, as well as placing the original semi-circles closer together and farther apart.

So what do you think of Knyt? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Umble

This week we’re going to look at a really tangly-looking Tangle, although of course it’s simpler than it sometimes looks. You can find the tutorial here.

Image from Zentangle newsletter June 14, 2015

 

 

And here’s my step out, which is looking surprisingly dull considering I drew it in the 26 degree Australian sunshine!

I draw the inner lines and fill them in first, then if I make a mistake or go outside the lines (as I did in the top right corner) then I can just draw the auras to fit the mistakes so it looks like it’s meant to be that way!

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I drew this example very square and went with the top, sides, and bottom next, but as you can see from the website example you can draw Umble lines wherever you want.

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And add as many or as few layers as you want.

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I stopped here, because I would stick/stamp a Happy Birthday in the space. I do like framing my sentiments with Tangles!

Umble works well with colour as well as black and white. My latest idea is to use a different colour for each layer, so it would look like rainbows separated into their different stripes.

What do you think of Umble? Would you like to see it in colour? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Florz

There is no tutorial for this tangle (it’s pretty obvious, really), but you can check out the official page here.

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Nice and simple, but also pretty easy to jazz up if I want to, with gems or pearls at the crossovers rather than just filled in squares, or highlighting some of the lines with gold or silver gel pens. Simple, but pretty effective! Which you will see, just as soon as I get my shop updated….

 

So what do you think of Florz? Any other ideas for fancying it up? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Huggins

First up, a confession: when I use this tangle on my cards I measure out the starting dots with a ruler. When you see my non-measured step by step you’ll see why!

You can find the official tutorial here and let’s be honest, you should definitely check that out because it’s twenty times better than my attempt.

 

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You can already see it gets wider at the bottom.

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The trick for the next part is to turn the paper 90 degrees so you’re drawing the lines the same way as the last lot.

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It’s funny, I obviously have a bias in my sense of spatial awareness, as most of the vertical shapes are very thin and the horizontal ones are very wide. But at the time I would have sworn my grid of dots was even!

But even wonky like that I love the look of Huggins. Tessellating shapes just make me happy, so I like using it as the background for birthday and congratulations cards. It’s also quite fun that the right shading can make it look as though the shapes go over and under one another like a weaving.  I still need to work on my shading though.

So what do you think of Huggins? Like it or leave it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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