Fractals are absolutely gorgeous geometric images composed of exactly the same configuration of shapes repeated over and over and over, either smaller or larger than the one beside it. You can zoom in or out infinitely and the basic shape simply keeps repeating. I just love them! Here's one image of a fractal:
|From Carlson's Fractal Gallery at http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/carlson/ |
I tried the idea with some other tangles. I found I had to begin with a very large version of the tangle I chose, even using only part of it. Of course, this is art not physics, so I didn't feel compelled to do exactly the same image over and over, just keep the same idea going. :)
Using Cubine, St. John's Cross, and Jalousie:
To my eye, I think the square grid tangles may not be the best choice for Fractangals.
Using Carole Ohl's Coaster:
|... and also one Black Pearl, and some droplet shapes.|
|Something like this might have happened anyway with Hollibaugh, |
but I was thinking about fractangals!
All of these examples are what are called monotangles, a Zentangle using only one tangle in various configurations. Monotangles and fractangals are a good way to investigate a pattern; you have to be a little creative and think up other ways to do something familiar. Remember this idea when doing other tiles, or zentangle-inspired artwork (*note to self*).
Try a Fractangal or two. Have fun!