Thursday, November 26, 2015

Back to basics: Hollibaugh

The Diva's challenge this week is Hollibaugh, one of the first tangles anyone learns. I love Hollibaugh because of its simplicity, the 3D look once it's shaded, and the possibility of variations.

For my first tile I decided to use Hollibaugh as a string. I wanted to fill the spaces with a Hollibaugh variation I really like. I can't claim it as my own; I saw it way back in my early Zentangle days and unfortunately I can't even credit the original artist.

In this variation the bands are Rain, with auras. The Auras are useful to separate the Rain lines both from each other and from the background. The background is then filled with teeny-tiny circles, a variation of Tipple that I sometimes call Caviar. You can see this in the upper right corner. Then I went on to variations of that!
Tangles: Hollibaugh, Rain, Tipple (Caviar), and Auras
Next I did Hollibaugh over the entire tile, but with wide enough bands that I could fill a few of them. One was wide enough, and curvy enough, that I added a couple of splits.
Tangles: Dex, Hollibaugh, Knightsbridge, Pearlz, Snaylz
I want to use Renaissance (tan) tiles more frequently. I also wanted to try making the vibrantly colored gems I've seen a few people creating so wonderfully. So I put the two together. I love it!
Tangles: Hollibaugh, Pearlz, Snaylz, Tipple (Caviar again),
plus Auras and Perfs
A while ago I developed two variations of Hollibaugh. People thought they were sufficiently different that they deserved to be named and stepped-out. You might like to check out my blog posts about Morse and Windfarm.


  1. wow! I love the second fact, I love all tiles. I saw more possibles of Hollibaugh from your beautiful works, thank you for sharing.

  2. Very very beautiful and very creative. I love all the three tiles.

  3. LOL caviar! I love it :-) such patience to draw it. I love your tiles, the split in the Hollibaugh is original and thanks for the links to your Morse and Windfarm.

    1. I came up with the split in Hollibaugh a while ago because I have great trouble leaving blank spaces alone! "When in doubt, add more" I say. :)

  4. All three are beautiful and so very YOU!!!

  5. your tiles are so gorgeous. the renaissance tile is stunning

  6. I like seeing so much variety using Hollibaugh. The one with the spit is just brilliant. I think those gems are beautiful as well.

  7. I have always been inspired by your work to try different ways of looking at a pattern and this morning was no exception with Hollibaugh, which I have always loved. I have tried different way of 'filling' the blanks in the pattern but was most intrigued by the 'splitting' if some of the lines.........LUVVERLY !!!! Thanks for sharing once again.

  8. wonderful, all of them but my favorite is the bejewelled Renaissance tile. Makes me want to learn how to do that, too. Lovely!