Friday, March 6, 2015

Using tangles as strings

If you're stuck for a string, try a tangle writ large (and perhaps simplified).

Here's Crescent Moon, done large in pencil, then tangled.
Tangles: Arukas, Beadlines, Betweed, Tipple (in various forms)
Then I tried using a section of Wayne Harlow's tangle Crusade.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Finery, Florz, Knightsbridge,
Munchin, Paizel, Printemps, Shattuck
Cherryl Moote, a CZT in Ontario Canada, used the tangle Xyp for the lines of her string, then filled it with other tangles.

I like to do blind strings: drawing the pencil string with my eyes closed. It gives me some interesting and unexpected shapes to fill with tangles. Here I drew some basic Shattuck shapes with my eyes closed, then continued with the Shattuck idea for the tangling.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Shattuck, and stripes
I did another blind string using Romanancy, and again used that tangle when it came to filling in. I like how it resembles entrances or exits to caves or buildings.
Tangles: Beadlines, Diva Dance, Printemps, Romanancy
And finally, here's Amy Broady's Paisley Boa tangle, done large in pencil, then tangled.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Droplets, Footlights, Knightsbridge,
Tipple, and partial Arukas


  1. Love your tangles. I'd love to be able, but my hand shakes so badly I can't even write... for it to be read. I am enjoying the views. Thanks for sharing your art.

    1. Thanks Terri! There are people with tremors who tangle, and it's the process that's most important, so maybe give it a try. No one has to read it! :)

    2. Terri, I have muscle issues, including myoclonic jerks; when that is the case, I go with patterns that don't require long curved, smooth lines. I've adapted some patterns for bumpy lines!

    3. I would encourage you to have a go too Terri. Dont see the shakes as being negative but go with the flow of the jerk. See what interesting patterns you come up with. Art is about letting go. See creativity in what line you make. You might need to practice before you like it but your hand will train to be better the more you use it.