Tangle Pattern: Pub Carpet #1

I came to add this post a couple of hours ago, only to find that at some point my website had fallen over (one too many at the pub?). After getting a friendly support guy to rummage around under the bonnet, I appear to be up and running again. If you notice any glitches as you browse, please let me know!

Any hoo – back to today’s post. A long while ago, I took a photo of a traditional alehouse carpet thinking I would be able to get some tangle pattern inspiration from it. It has remained on the side of my desk for all that time. In an effort to tidy away such collections of ‘stuff’ I sat down and started sketching. Here’s the first tangle pattern, minus the beer stains 🙂

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Tangle Pattern: Why-O-Why

It seems that my brain has tuned into tangle patterns again since I created the three patterns while I was in USA over Christmas. This pattern has been rearranging itself in my head for the last week or so, and this morning I had the opportunity to get it onto paper, step-by-step.

If you’re brave, try missing out step 2 (which I added as a guide) and going straight to the tramlines in step 3. It’s another of those patterns which ‘pops’ with a bit of shading. It’s also one of those patterns, given the resemblance to celtic knots, that may be out there already – but I can tell you I didn’t reference anything when making the instructions, and my brain is very relieved now it’s not juggling all the Os and interconnecting Ys! And there’s always the chance you’ll be going ‘why, oh why did I start this one?’…

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Tangle Pattern: Fairmont CP

My final tangle pattern inspired on a recent trip to the USA is based on upholstery fabric on one of the chairs in the Gold Floor Lounge in the rather fantastic Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston. We were so glad to have upgraded our room as I came down with a stinking cold while we were there. It was lovely to be able to feel grotty in an executive lounge with refreshments on tap rather than a small bedroom!

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Tangle Pattern: Deco Sidewalk

Walking around the Rockefeller Center in New York, it’s easy to be distracted, especially at Christmas, by things like the enormous Christmas tree, the musical light show on the front of Saks Fifth Avenue and the large skyscraper. But take a moment to look down, and you’ll find brass tree surrounds set into the sidewalk. Here’s a tangle pattern based on just one of those. Next week: Fairmont CP.
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Tangle Pattern: 636 Fifth

It’s been a long while since I last published a tangle pattern that I’ve developed. Well, followers of zentangle inspired art (ZIA) will be delighted to know that I have written three step-by-steps for new patterns inspired by a recent holiday to New York.

The first is inspired by the doorway of 636 Fifth Avenue, part of the art deco Rockefeller Center. Same time next week: Deco Sidewalk – based on a brass tree surround very close to the same doorway.
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Art Journal Page: Zen

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Well this layout has taken pretty much all day, aside from occasional breaks to make tea for the landscape gardeners laying my greenhouse base. I had this background waiting for something over the top – in fact since I printed it using this technique in 2011. I’d also blended a thin layer of Dylusions Paint over the top to help seal it. A new set of alphabet stencils also arrived yesterday afternoon, so that’s where the zen started, continued with the hand-drawn flowers (following some of the examples in the FloraBunda book), and then coloured with glazes.

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Art Journal Pages & Tangles

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I’m prepping for a presentation on Tuesday (hopefully more news on this later) and have been working on a couple of art journal layouts. I thought I’d play a little more with polystyrene printing and zentangling/Florabunda (above) and elements of stencil and pen work stippling (below). Pretty pleased with the colour choices and how each page turned out.

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As well as the journal pages, I’ve also spent some time doing some tangles to fit my lokta paper wallet. I remember how therapeutic tangling can be! Each tile can be done in around 20 minutes (they’re 2 inches square), and quicker if I use a thicker pen 😉

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