Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aloha tangle and D-1 fragment

Two Diva challenges in this post!

First, Suzanne Fluhr's challenge to use her tangle Aloha, and then Marguerite Samama's challenge to have fun with Zentangle's D-1 fragment.

ALOHA is a leafy tangle that's very graphic and bold. Step-outs can be found here.

On the first tile I added a gold crescent moon with some ochre pencil for a bit of shading, and used an Aloha-like fill in the Paisley Boa sections.
Tangles: Aloha, Paisley Boa, Paradox, Printemps, Tipple
I had a tan tile with a blossom-like string, five petals and a center. That's rather lost at this point! I didn't realize until I was 'finished' that the pink and orange inks would look so similar on the tan paper so I outlined the whole 'flower' and added a 'stem'.
Tangles: Aloha, Pixioze, Printemps
By my third go at it I was deciding that Aloha looks best on its own! Here's the beginning of my third tile, and what I added next, which I didn't really like much.
I eliminated the white around Aloha with a gray brush pen, then used a gray drawing pen for some of the tangles. I'm not unhappy with the result, but I still really like the simplicity of Aloha alone.
Tangles: Aloha, Printemps, plus stripes and spirals
THE D-1 FRAGMENT fits into a  square grid but is really based on triangles. I had a slightly curvy, but still square-ish string so I began with that. I wanted to see what would happen if I continued to subdivide the triangles; that's at the bottom.
Tangles: Crescent Moon singles, Pearlz, Zewm
I got caught up in the triangles and tried this fragment on a couple of pre-strung 3Z tiles. The pictures show the string I began with, and the finished drawing.

As I was working with all those angular triangles I was reminded of the tangles Ing and Fassett, so I did an ATC with D-1 and those tangles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Fassett, Ing


  1. Love them all !
    You are a great inspiration!

  2. These are all gorgeous! I love how you focus and explore a single pattern in so many cool variations. I aspire to that;-) I especially like what you did with the 3Z's. I received a set of the 6 pre-strung 3Z's as a thank-you in one of my Facebook swap groups and I wasn't sure where to begin...now I have an idea;-) Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  3. these are all so yummy! I could never choose a favorite from all those Aloha samples, they are all just gorgeous. But you've made your D-1 tiles sparkle...like a night full of stars. Mmmmm!

  4. Mariët is right, you are an inspiration to me (and a lot of people I think). All are beautiful!

  5. I adore seeing your explorations of tangles. Your art is ALWAYS so beautiful and inspiring!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous all! Very inspiring post!

  7. Each piece is very pretty in its own way. I do love the 3Z tiles a lot. It gives a lovely faceted look.

  8. Whow! This post of yours is so rich and inspiring! Thank´s for sharing!

  9. Such fresh wonderful designs. I'm smiling :)

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