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 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…
Here’s another tangle pattern inspired by a traditional pub carpet. This one is a single motif, which when repeated meshes nicely to make a new pattern with the elements within the motif.