I’ve been playing, designing three new tangle patterns in the process based on the archetypal block arrow. The first tangle pattern is a simple cross pattern – the next two are a little more complex. As always, shading does make quite a difference to the finished design.
Arrer (plural arrers) [ar-ur]
Slang. Arrow, dart
Here’s another tangle pattern – this one is based on (apparently) traditional weaving pattern used by Zulus in their hut walls. Whether that’s true or not, it’s a handy filler pattern and looks great with shading to add depth and interest.
I’ve revisited the idea of using letters to create new designs for use in zentangle inspired art. My previous patterns in this theme are ABC, KLM, UVW and XY. And this one is W-Y, which gives a rather pleasing kaleidoscope effect when tiled edge to edge.
I think this tangle pattern comes into its own with shading to emphasise the layers within the design. And I’m aware the motif is not a Mobius strip, but that’s what it reminded me of. It will work well as a border, and also point to point rather than off-set as I have drawn it.
Here’s my latest tangle pattern step-by-step for Diatom. This pattern is based on a scanning electron microscope image of a diatom. Diatoms are small algae-like organisms that populate bodies of water. I’ve been fascinated by them since learning they can be important in forensics, when I went to the Royal Free pathology department museum around 30 years ago.
This is my latest tangle pattern – Crosseyed. Apparently, a cross-shaped pupil would be an optical nightmare. Who knew? I quite like how this turned out, particularly with the negative space between circles looking as if it has page curl turn backs. A bit of subtle shading can increase the impression of spherical eye balls…
Reminiscent of the strapping around the chest of British army uniforms in 1812, or even the beginnings of a first aid bandage. With the over-and-under style, this tangle pattern really is a tangle!
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