Tangle of the week: Crescent Moon

I’m fairly sure this was the second ever Tangle I learned, from a book my Mum bought for me. There’s a tutorial video here, which showed me that I actually do a slight variation on the Tangle by not putting an aura around each bump individually first.

Either way, you start by putting some bumps round the edge of your shape.

Then you draw an aura around them. One by one as in the video, or in a continuous aura like I’m going to do. You can join the aura to make a complete loop:

Or just draw a continuous line until you run out of space, like this:

And the magic of Zetangle makes it look like a wibbly wobbly timey wimey tunnel stretching into the distance.

I love using this Tangle as a kind of frame on my cards; plop the sentiment in the middle, add my bumps round the edge, and then aura up to the words.

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

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Vortex

Today we’re having a look at Vortex, tutorial right here.

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This is one tangle I struggled with when I first came across it, even though it’s pretty simple really. I kept trying to draw all the lines originating from the corners of the inner square, which left big gaps down the edges and looked a bit naff.

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Then I struggled with getting the lines to curve the same amount, ending up with some massively C-shaped and some almost straight.

But I was pretty new to Zentangle when I came across it so I let myself off, and I think I’ve just about got the hang of it now.

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Although my squares still aren’t always exactly square!

On my cards I love to use Vortex as a frame for a sentiment, putting it in the centre square with the lines radiating out from it. And I just this second had an idea to put a square of coloured card in the middle and keep the lines black and white – I do love my little pops of colour in B+W surroundings. I’ll try that one when I get back to my stash at home and maybe let you know how it goes.

So what do you think of Vortex? Do you think the coloured card would work? 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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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: 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 😉

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: 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.

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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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