The art nouveau botanical look of Mooka kept reminding me of a painting I like. J.E.H. MacDonald was a member of the Group of Seven, a seminal group of Canadian landscape painters. He painted Tangled Garden in 1916. In the Diva's slide show for challenge #16 Mooka, I saw many creations that resembled tangled gardens.
I've been experimenting. I've wanted to put different ends on the 'frondlets'. I even started a page in one of my Zentangle notebooks for "Possible Frondlet Ends". (We artists are an odd lot, and I include you, dear reader, in the lot!)
I wondered if I could get a more tangled look and tried three stems, putting one up the middle as well as one on each side. I've tried making curvier stems rather than straighter - a lovely effect but I get rather confused as stems profuse. I don't think that's a verb but it rhymes with confuse! Here are starting examples of Mooka with three stems and with curvy stems. I just realized that the 3-stem example only has a middle stem on the first go-round; I'll have to work on that.
In the tile below I used the 'brush' pen for some of the lines. That's what makes them heavy and bold and a little less fluid. Note the "venus fly trap" and "grasping claws" frondlet ends, both unplanned. :-) Despite those, I rather like this tile.
|Tangles: MOOKA and Aura, Fern, Hibred, Pearlz|
It seemed every time I did this, all the Mookas began in the middle of the tile and moved out. I decided I'd should probably try to include some major tangles besides Mooka. Here's one:
|Tangles: MOOKA and Echoism, Finery, Striping, Poke Leaf frondlets and dots|