Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Favourite Tangles

January's challenge (Number 22) for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group has the remit to use your favourite tangles & say why you like to use them.

I tend to gravitate towards tangles based on grids, have a love of Celtic artwork & hence particularly enjoy tangles that weave plus I like to see what effect small variations in the basic tangle pattern can have upon the final result. The three tangles I chose to illustrate these points are:

  • Auraknot - a tangle that weaves & can be varied by the number of points that are skipped when constructing the initial aura line. The central star skips one point, the top right skips two points & the bottom left skips three points.
  • Hurry - another weaving tangle. In my two examples I varied the number of lines used for each band. The top left star uses three lines & the bottom right uses five.
  • W2 - this tangle is based upon a grid & has an over & under weaving effect. I love using this for a background as it balances more intricate tangles beautifully.

tangles: Auraknot, Hurry, W2

close-up central star showing gold 'aura'

My tile was edged with a black marker (Memento) prior to mounting onto a larger square of black cardstock with rounded corners. A Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil with a dry paper stump was used for shading & a Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll gel pen for the gold 'aura'.