I am very pleased with this piece of artwork and fortunately remembered to take a few photos as it was progressing. It was done on an 8"x10" piece of archival mat board. Here is the acrylic wash I started with, and the very first of the ink tangles, Finery.
More tangles added. I wondered if there might be two more trees in the background on the left.
Even more tangles! The tree now needs some fine-tuning including tiny branches, there's shading to add, and the background needs doing.
The above version sat around for quite some time while I waited for inspiration for the background. I thought that tangling it would take away from the wonderful tangles in the tree, but I couldn't think what else to do. Then it struck me: stay with the soft, washy look. So I used colored pencils, added some hills, and evened out the sky a lot.
|"Tangled Tree" (c) 2013 Margaret Bremner|
Tangles that run in lines, rather than tangles that fill areas, are particularly useful for branches. Some of my favorites are Prestwood, Paisley Boa, Puffle, Coaster, Unyun, Wud, Knase, Finery, Firecracker, and striped bands. Square grid tangles can often be adapted. And of course, anything is possible, one stroke at a time!