Thursday, August 6, 2020

Crescent Moon, and then some - the 'moons'

Crescent Moon is one of my go-to tangles. I can hardly believe I haven't explored it in a blog post yet!

We often call the partial 'moons' in this tangle ladybug shapes. So why not actual ladybug drawings? You could even use red ink. :D

One of my favorite things to do is to add a small highlight to the 'moon'. Here's a tile with highlights, and also the original Crescent Moon with the 'moons' all black.
Tangles: Beadlines, Crescent Moon, Pearlz, Tipple

The 'moons' don't have to be arcs. Try different shapes. Here's one with hearts.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Ixorus, Lotus Pods,
Paradox, Perfs, Tipple 

Crescent Moon can be layered, instead of a single row, and it doesn't have to go all the way around the section. Try partial Crescent Moon and use it not on every side. Here's a tile showing both those ideas. (You can probably guess that the string here is a blind contour drawing of a bowl and spoon!)
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Irradial, Wunderwall

I learned that Mars has two moons. That inspired this Mars' moons version - two moons nestled together. We won't even go near Jupiter's 67 moons.

The 'moons' don't have to be uniform in size. Try starting tiny and gradually get larger, and maybe back to small again.

Quite a different look is obtained if you leave the 'moons' whiteI loved Julie Willand's crazy Crescent Moon from the Project Pack #10 video, Day 5. Here's Julie's example from the video, and mine from my booklet. She left the 'moons' white, so I did the same.

Go large! Draw very large 'moons' and fill them with something other than black. In the tile at the top of this post I've filled two 'moons' with floral-like things. Here's one with three leaf/petal shapes, each with a different fill in the 'moons'.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hollibaugh, Hollis, Mooka

Sometimes I like to continue the 'moons' into the adjacent section, creating orbs, but leave the new half white. I find Tipple an ideal tangle for that second section. See the top of this post, as well as the third image, for examples.

Here's a tile with a several things going on. There are white 'moons', 'moons' filled with spirals and with Tipple, a partial Crescent Moon, a three-scallops shaped 'moon', and more.

What other ideas can you think of?
This has been all about the 'bugs'.
Of course, you can also vary the lines and the centers. 
But that will have to wait until another post.


  1. Thank you for another wonderful blog post in this "and then some" series! I have loved each one. You really do inspire a person to be more explorative. It's one of my fears in life, fear to fail or to make a mess, and I know that it limits me, but it must be deep rooted in me as at 56 I am still struggling with it. So, again, I love these posts of yours!

    1. That's one thing I love about Zentangle - it's only a 9 cm. square so feel free to mess up! Oh, I mean, create an opportunity. ;)

  2. Wow, love all these new ideas! Thanks

  3. These really bug me! LOL! What a great way to explore crescent moon and bugs. Brilliant! Thanks Margaret!

  4. Lovely meandering around crescent moon. This is for me the best part of the Zentangle Method. Like a journey we explore what else can we do with a tangle. Beautiful work Margaret!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to these "lessons" and learn a lot from them.

    1. Glad to hear that Kris. They take a long time to prepare but I have a lot of fun!

  6. It's wonderful how you can "play" with so many patterns. It is a very interesting post with so many examples we can follow. Thank you Margaret! I like all the tiles but my faves are the Crescent Moons with the ladybug and the big ones, filled with other tangles!

    1. Thanks Ria. They are time-consuming to prepare but I quite enjoy myself!

  7. In one of my first classes ever, I taught a "Beginnings" class in a nursing home. Of course, Crescent Moon was on the first tile. A little later, I
    suggested using a tangle they knew and changing it just a wee bit. One man
    added "whiskers" to his tangleation! With that same class, "No Mistakes" was heralded by several women as "That's the way the cookie crumbles." I heard
    them say that often. I love working with these students.

    1. Older people with open minds are a delight! (Well, so are younger ones!)