Saturday, September 26, 2020

Cantire - a new tangle!

Recently on Facebook's Square One Zentangle group, the tangle Reticulous (from Heidi Kay, CZT) was the focus. It appeared earlier as BrixBox (from Anneke van Dam, CZT). They have slightly different step-outs and you many find one easier to work with than the other. It's a wonderful vessel tangle using an offset square grid. 

I wondered if it could be done using triangles. So I tried, and it can, but the process is a little different.

Here's a tile with BrixBox/Reticulous, and Cantire together. (Pronounce it can-tire not can-teer. I'll explain later.)

These are the step-outs for Cantire.

Some things to note:

  • These are equilateral (equiangular) triangles - to the best of your ability! 😉
  • As with BrixBox/Reticulous, the small shape is one quarter the size of the large shape.
  • Unlike BrixBox/Reticulous, two shapes are needed on each side of the large shape.
  • Something will go haywire. Trust me. It doesn't mean you're a bad person. It's just an opportunity.
  • You can use any of the marvelous fills for Tripoli to embellish your triangles.

I have an oxalis plant near my desk and drawing the leaves made an interesting triangle string. Then I fitted Cantire around it.

Why Cantire?  I'd received a couple of very good suggestions for a name, but somehow they didn't quite click. I'd already used Trifle for another triangle-based tangle. Then suddenly I thought of Canadian Tire, an iconic hardware and auto supplies store in Canada. Its logo is a red triangle. Cantire it is!

One more tile for good measure, on gray paper stained with a hibiscus teabag. I used Moonlight pens and color pencils.

For another tangle with an iconic Canadian theme, check out Double Double.

BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!


  1. Great tangle Margaret. I look forward to playing. And thanks for the permission to accept that things will go haywire... I need that in spades this year!

    1. 2020 itself has permission to go haywire; why shouldn't we?!

  2. Love it Margaret!!! Thanks for the shout out, although I will dare say that I dont see this as a tangleation of either BritBox or Reticulous.. Its a super innovative tangle in its own right!!!!

  3. This looks really cool, I like it very much. Thank you!

  4. Great tangle. I have not tangled in years and it has inspired me as I need to do a memory for a ladies 80th birthday so I can use it as a background and insert a photo as they have suggested. I have been wanting to tangle again as find it so relaxing and helpful in my life.

    1. Yay, Jessie! I'm so happy to have inspired you to take up a pen again! :)

  5. I like your tangle. Just in time for Christmas cards. Christmas trees are drawn triangular as well. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Fun! Can’t wait to try it. Love that it’s cantire!