Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tangling and technology



Last week the lovely Julie wrote to me knowing my love of pattern and my joy at finding new tangle patterns particularly - especially after recent rants! (Am calming down about it and not taking it personally athough I still really think this is a minefield). Anyway
Julie
told me about this gorgeous work she had done for her C&G. I can tell y
ou this is making it onto my school syllabus - look out year 10! So I decided to play - I found this Arabic logo the one on the top left, and I started playing around with it -cropping sections out and rotating and over lapping etc, I used publisher as I find it a great package for moving things around in - in fact I use it for all my worksheets at school - I have yet to know how to capture from publisher and upload here so had to print off and scan. Here is what I did.....
So I loved doing this - I warn you it is BLOODY ADDICTIVE!!!!! so then I set about making it into a tangle - there will be more using this series I promise you that as the shapes appeal to me so much. I worked out steps that are below, and called it Swalls - combo or swirls and balls :)

Then after working it out I was itching to play and Laura's challenge was just released her monotangle challenge11 - I think that I this was a great challenge and will be playing more with conventional patterns :) So here is my Swalls monotangle :)
When I was done drawing I suddenly realised how drawn I am to similar shapes, I realised that this bears a close resemblance to my tattoo that I have on my back - designed by me. Weird how we are drawn to the same sort of shapes, I'd love to hear the things that keep recurring in your work? Hope you have a play with Swalls of your own - please let me know if you do :) Can't wait to see

Here is the tat about an hour after :)



10 comments:

Thimble Fingers said...

Hey Carol, great designs!!! Yes, they are addictive ... your post came through just as I was googling art deco patterns (another good tangle design source) - we must be on the same wave length at the moment. Love your tattoo ... expect to see some tangles with it, its a brilliant design.
Now don't forget ... when you make these designs, and share them with the world, you have to tell everyone to credit you with them, or they can't use them .... LOL!!!!
Thanks for the kind words. x

Carol said...

100% LOL wetting myself this end :)

Thimble Fingers said...

Oh I forgot ... just found some great vintage wall paper designs that would make amazing tangles ... yep! I'm on a roll! and I like to share... share...share. Hopefully I'll get some of that zen my way.

Molossus said...

Fantastic zentangle! I have a swall of my own, but it tends to change from week to week as I get obessessed with one shape or another!

Sande said...

Gorgeous design and great pattern. Thanks for sharing both the technique for development and the pattern. It looks like fun. And yes, it is funny how your tat and pattern ended up so similar.

Top Floor Treasures said...

Wow I love this! Such a pretty design! Oooh and I see you're on Folksy - me too :)

JJ said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing how to make it!

stART said...

Lovely!

wolfhowlings said...

ooooooooh. It's beautiful and delicate art like this that make me want to look at the world differently. An Arabic symbol; who would have thought?! (Well, you, oviously.) Wonder-full!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Very cool design!