Tangle of the week: Puf

I have just discovered Puf and I have to share. It’s magic!

Look, you start with squares and add in some stars

And some spirals

Now comes the magic part, draw crosses through each square and…

suddenly it’s puffy flowers!! How brilliant is that?

This Tangle really reminded me of the magic of Zentangle; you just make simple pen strokes, over and over, and somehow it transforms into these magical things you didn’t even realise you were drawing.

I am keeping this one in my repertoire, for sure.

So what do you think of Puf? Do you think it’s clever or am I just easily pleased? Let me know in 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: Zenfiddle

Here is another tangle that I need to practice before I start using it on my stock.

Tutorial here to see what it should look like.

And here is my attempt:

I do know where I’m going wrong. Zenfiddle uses C-curves and S-curves, which I automatically form into actual letter Cs and Ss when writing them the ‘correct’ way round. Then it comes to drawing the mirror images, and suddenly they’re a lot less letter-like.

Its going to take practice, practice, practice to get them looking the same way forward and backward.

You may notice I also changed the little detail in the centre of the ‘fiddles’. There’s no technical reason for that, I just love the look of the tiny star-shapes better than the suggested flowery bits.

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

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Xav

I’ll say this straight off; I need more practice before Xav goes on any of my cards!

This is Xav, from Tickled to Tangle, and here is the tutorial.

I will not be showing my step-by-step, because it was not a pretty sight. I really need to work on getting my S-curves more uniform.

It’s quite a busy tangle so I don’t think it would be suitable for backgrounds on my cards, but I can see it looking quite good as a border. Or perhaps a wee square down in a corner, with a sentiment at the opposite corner. I shall do some experimenting and see.

What do you think of Xav? How would you use it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Hemp

Hemp is in the spotlight this week, because it reminds me of my Grandma.

You can find the tutorial here, and if you’re interested in the story then read on.

Grandma had a wooden puzzle/pattern thing (I really don’t know the technical term) made of triangles and diamonds in bright primary colours. I spent hours and hours sitting on the floor, shuffling those shapes around to make different patterns.

My favourite was putting all the red diamonds together to make a 6-pointed star, and filling in the space between the points with blue and yellow triangles.

As soon as I saw Hemp, it brought back those memories in full technicolour. Hopefully my cards using Hemp will go to people making new memories of their special days.

What do you think of Hemp? Anyone know the puzzle/pattern things I’m talking about? 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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