Tangle of the week: Cadent

We’re looking at another of my very early Tangles today, one of the first five I learned (the exact order gets a bit hazy after the first two).

You can find a step out for Cadent, using squares in the starting grid, here.

I prefer to start my Cadent with circles, but the premise is exactly the same.

With better shading than I can manage, it can look pretty trippy, like an Escher painting where you can’t tell what the top layer is or which way is up.

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I’m still working on my shading. Maybe one day I’ll be good enough to bend people’s minds ūüėČ

So what do you think of Cadent? Do you prefer circles or squares to start? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Sea Wave

 

Today we’re having a look at super simple, but effective,¬†Sea Wave. You can check out the official step by step info¬†here.

You can see why it’s called Sea Wave,¬† but I see this Tangle as lots of different things as well. I’ve used it for¬†mermaid hair and a unicorn’s tail in some of my ZIA drawings.

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This is not that tail; just an example

 

The image in the step-out makes me think of a line of muscles, all bunched up ready for action.  It could be a visual representation of the wind, or music, or a heartbeat.

Basically it’s a really pretty, versatile Tangle!

So what do you think of Sea Wave? Do you see anything else in the pattern? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Hollibaugh

Another trip into the dim and distant past with (I think) the very first tangle I ever learned; Hollibaugh

Tutorial here although it’s fairly obvious. Start with a line

Add more lines behind it, and you’re done!

You can decorate the lines

Shade the background

(Just ignore the tippex where I got carried away!)

You can do curved or wavy lines

So many possibilities! My mind is currently chugging away trying to work out how to turn it into a bundle of tangled fairy lights; I quite like the idea for Christmas cards.

What do you think of Hollibaugh? Do you think the Christmas lights could work? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Bales

This week we’re going back to one of the first tangles I ever learned.

Before discovering Paradox, it was my favourite tangle pattern.

I like it because it reminds me of super comfy, padded velvet seats.

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Especially with a circle in the middle of each square, it looks like the studs that you get in padded seats

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But my favourite way of filling it in is with a little shape like this

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I suppose it’s technically an aura, as it’s an echo of the shape surrounding it, but we don’t really need to get that technical.

Bales is a great tangle for using as a background for my cards (although I can’t locate a photo right now), and I love the fact that it’s a grid so I can get all my layers and sentiments lined up straight.

What do you think of Bales? Does it look as squishy to you as it does to me? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Keeko

I’ve got a deceptive tangle this week, tutorial here.

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Looks easy peasy, doesn’t it? Maybe for seasoned tanglers it is, but dear me did I struggle!

First row, not too bad. Although I couldn’t seem to get them in a straight line.

Second row…

Not so much.

It’s definitely a case of practice makes perfect, as my second attempt was better:

Still not brilliant, but I can see the improvement.

So that’s Keeko! What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Fassett

A pattern is beginning to appear in my Zentangle preferences; I seem to particularly like those tangles that create shapes without actually drawing those shapes (I’m so good with words today…). Like my favourite, Paradox, which is triangles and straight lines, but produces curved arrows.

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And now Fassett, which is only triangles and straight lines, but creates the illusion of flowers or stars.

You can find the tutorial here , along with some variations for how to use it.

I find I do much better using Fassett in a grid, just because I struggle to make the initial random triangles. And by ‘struggle’, I mean ‘make a complete mess, then end up scrapping it and starting again’. So grids it is!

There’s supposed to be no such thing as a mistake in tangling, but when my initial triangles come out so small I’ve got no hope of drawing another inside it, the pattern is really not going to work.

Is there some kind of method for creating random triangles that I don’t know about? If there is then someone please let me know!

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

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Pach

Credit to Tickled to Tangle for bringing this gorgeousness to my attention. And also for being an awesome tangling community!

So this here is Pach:

It’s inspired by paper chains (PAper CHains), which you can really see in the tutorial. I think using it like that would look great as an embellishment for Christmas cards. I really quite like this built up pattern as well, even though it loses a bit of the paper chain look.

But my favourite way to use it is in a circle:

Obviously I need to practise getting each loop more or less the same size. But I love that it already has some depth before I’ve added any shading, and the way it looks quite complicated until you look closer.

For my cards I would probably put a raised sentiment in the middle, maybe put some pearls here and there for highlights, and that would be it done!

Even the intermediate stages look pretty good in a circle.

Like little flower stems.

What do you think of Pach? Which way do you prefer it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: N’zeppel + cockles n mussels

Do you know the song ‘Molly Malone’? If not, you can listen to it here.

Right, now we’ve all got that stuck in our head let’s get on with today’s twofer post. First up is N’zeppel, tutorial here.

When I first came across N’zeppel it seemed like a lot of faff to me; drawing shapes just to draw them again with rounded corners. But after a couple of tries I started to really like the look of it. And then when I tried drawing the initial grid in pencil and rubbing the lines¬†out afterwards, I fell in love.

It reminds me of a pebbled beach.

Then I discovered that you can do even more with N’zeppel.

As you may have seen in this post, I made a card for Kelleys DIY giveaway.

This tangle is called ‘cockles n mussels’ (alive alive-o), which is just N’zeppel with the rounded shapes filled in. You can find the tutorial here.

Cockles

Mussels

And clams!

What do you think? Which tangle do you prefer, plain N’Zeppel or Cockles ‘n’ Mussels? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Out of stock

I remember now why it took me so long to open up my shop in the first place.

Yesterday I decided to add my zentangle cards to stock, as I’ve got a few made up ready to go, so I opened etsy and signed in.

Wait, I need photos of the cards first.

I set them up and took a few photos – rubbish photos because it was starting to get dark, but I figured they would do as placeholders until I could take better ones.

But wait, if somebody actually buys one it might get damaged in the post.

Over to Amazon, where I lost half an hour comparing various plastic wallets and board-backed envelopes, and trying to decide which size(s) would be best to get. That’s another ¬£20 closer to just not tracking how much I’ve spent on this shop with no return because it’s becoming too much to think about.

Right. Those should arrive tomorrow so let’s get the cards listed at last.

Oh wait, I wanted to take proper photos of them so I can get a run printed instead of them just being one-offs. But now it’s dark and there’s no hope of getting quality pictures.

You know what, never mind. I’ll just go to bed.

So my little shop is still sitting there with only 4 items in stock and not a thing sold.¬† But at least I thought about the board-backed envelopes now, and I’ll have some ready when I finally sell my first card. That’s quite organised for me!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – B’Twined

This is another tangle that I love, love, LOVE, but still haven’t quite perfected yet. My lines always come out a little wobbly, and getting them to meet up is difficult!

Instructions (click on the photo to see it clearly) can be found here.

There are a few different ways I do this tangle. For the card up at the top of this post,¬†I left in the basic grid lines that start it off. I didn’t draw in the diagonal guide lines for that one and I think it shows; most of the ‘arms’ are more curved on one side than the other.

Obviously you can also leave in the diagonal lines if you like

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But that looks pretty messy to me, so I never do.

You can also remove all of the guidelines if you draw them in pencil rather than pen.

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A more subtle difference, which might be difficult to explain, is the way the arms overlap each other. In the instruction photo you can see that Pegi draws every arm facing one direction first

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And then every arm going the other way

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Which produces a B’Twined that looks like this:

See how each cross has 2 arms that are on top and 2 that go underneath others.

But an alternative is to draw them in a zig zag pattern

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Which produces this:

Now it looks like there is one upper layer of crosses with all arms on top, and one lower layer with all arms running underneath. It’s a subtle difference that probably nobody would notice unless it was pointed out to them, but I love the fact that I can produce more than one thing from a single tangle.

What do you think of B’Twined? Have I inspired anyone to give tangling a go yet? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Heartline

Valentines day has gone, but I think Heartline could work just as well for Mother’s Day cards. I do love my Mum after all.

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One of my better attempts

I’ll be honest, I struggle with this tangle. It’s one of those tricksy ones that are actually much harder than they look, but I like it so much I’m determined to figure it out. 

Here are some of my earlier attempts if you need a laugh today:

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Numbered in order of attempts

I have somewhat improved since then, but I certainly still need to keep practising!
If you want a go, you can find the step-by-step guide  here.

Who laughed at my scribbles? Be honest!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Afterglo

Well my scheduling didn’t work, did it! Only¬†two days late, here is my tangle of the week post.

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Credit: Martina Flasarova, Pinterest

This tangle is really rather simple, but pretty. I love everything star-related, and like the fact that you can do a big, central starburst or use it in a corner or side of a card like this:

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You can see the instructions  here, although I usually draw my full radiating lines first and add all the zigzags last.

I actually haven’t had much time for tangling recently, what with frantic crocheting to get my shop stocked, friends lending me other crafting gear to have a go, and trying to find a new place to live. But now I remember how simple it can be, I might try to sneak some in here and there. It would probably do me good with all the stress going on at the moment!

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

Hannah