Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Monotangles

(Last week I didn't participate in the challenge. My husband's oldest brother died - not at all unexpected, but still a surprise somehow - and we had the funeral, and family visiting from elsewhere. I had mostly prepared this post a little while ago and, given this week's zentangle challenge, now seems an appropriate time to post it!)


A fun way to give yourself a bit of a challenge with a Zentangle tile is to use only a single tangle pattern. I find this forces me to be more aware of scale which I tend not to think of enough. You can do some very small tangles and some much larger ones.





Here's a tile using only Coaster (thanks Carole Ohl!). Well, except for a tiny spiral at the top. You can see how the size of the tangle makes a difference.














This one uses only stripes in 
various directions and widths.















Here I used only the tangle Drupe (thanks Rick and Maria). Instead of varying the size, I tried a different fill in each section.












And finally, here's quite a simple one using only a drawing technique called stippling - all tiny dots done with the tip of the pen.

You can see one of Shelly Beauch's tiles using only Umble here.


I had been going to suggest that you choose a favorite tangle, or one you've never done before, and do a tile entirely with that pattern.  But Laura beat me to it! This is the zentangle weekly challenge number 11, and the technique now has a cool name: Monotangle. Have at it!

18 comments:

  1. I can't decide on a favorite, but Drupe and Coaster are both in the competition. Masterful use of one tangle in all your tiles. These are great example to show a class when talking about variations on a tangle.

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  2. Okay I'll be the first to say it: Wow! Thes are all stunning. You did a superb job on them. Even the stippling has a beautifully soft look to it and a very organic look.

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  3. Ohhh! These are all so fabulous!

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  4. so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Hugs to you guys!

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  5. Thanks always for your comments - keep meaning to try the stippling, and your beautiful, carefree interpretation is a fine inspiration ;-0

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  6. Wow - to have the time to do so many tangles! They all have a wonderful individuality and the stippling is really well done.

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  7. Sorry for your loss. My BIL died last week also, and my hubby will be going to the funeral tomorrow.

    Your dotty tangle is great! I've gotta try that.

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  8. Margaret, Sorry for your family's loss. Your tiles are beautiful, as always! Sue

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  9. Beautiful tiles. I find your touch to be fascinating!

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  10. Oh Margaret, Drupe really is marvellous, I love the way you have joined them all together. I am sorry to hear of your sadness, it is amazing how you have created your 3 gems at the right time.
    Thank you for the link.

    Word verification...monaliz

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  11. Margaret, my condolences to your husband and all your family. "drupe"......... (just so you know, and I don't think I ever told anyone this....) got it's name from.....drum role..... when Noah (our son, who is now 34) was real little, he would visit his best friend, who had a summer home at Scarborough Beach, Rhode Island....and they would create these mini sculptures in in the sand...by dropping very wet handfuls of sand so that they looked like stalagmites on the beach..... all day long. And in their wonderful little-boyishness language, they called them "drupes" (pronounced drupies). And there you have it. Love yours.......Maria

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  12. What a terrific story, Maria (and a fun beach activity). Almost as good as the b'jetties one!

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  13. All so beautiful and all so different. Hope your tangling has helped you deal with your grief. My condolences and blessings to you and your family.

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  14. They are all so wonderful!
    Sorry to read about your loss.

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  15. They are all so energetic! Popping fireworks! Rolling swirls. A fun ride.

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  16. I love the stippled one the most, but they are all so lovely!

    Ilse at
    http://teachermotherandwife.blogspot.com/

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  17. I love all the tangles you created for this challenge.

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