Monday, November 29, 2010

Featherfall

This pattern appeared in one of my tiles about a year ago. At the time, I didn't know anything about what made a good tangle, meaning, could it be repeated easily by someone other than the brain that did it first? If a person has been seeing themselves as an artist all their life, certain patterns may be easy for them (the 'artist') to "draw." I think that's what happened to this one. Drawing a feather just came easy one day, and it ended up in a piece of Zentangle art. 
   One day after an Intro to Zentangle class at the gallery, I was showing the class the large piece of art (22x30) that contained this pattern (along with countless other tangles). A couple of the students wanted me to teach them "that feather thing." I thought it would be easy, since it came so easy the day I did it. Not. I hadn't deconstructed the steps that would make it easy for anyone else to do it. It would require them to draw a feather, rather than using deconstructed steps to make it 'not drawing' what would end up featherlike.
   Learning how to deconstruct a pattern so it is easily taught or repeated, was ONE of the best things I learned at the Zentangle certification seminar. This was one of the reasons that Zentangle is for anyone. That deconstruction is what helps people enjoy the process of this meditative art form, without the worries of "how to draw."


Steps to what my poetic husband has named, Featherfall.




Here is Featherfall, Umble and Pais.

27 comments:

  1. as always, Carole, your tangles are amazing. Yours are always in my rotation!

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    1. I am new to zentangle and i just love your feathers, thank you so much for showing us how to make them

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  2. Insightful post. Delightful tangle pattern! And your thoughts about the reasons for deconstructing a pattern are a great reminder for future pattern studies. Learning the 'deconstruction' process is indeed a very valuable skill, and, at times, very challenging!

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  3. Thank you for sharing....I so love your tangles and I have often wondered how you get that beautiful flair. I hope you won't mind because I am surely going to try!

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  4. The deconstruction part is a lot harder than it looks. Thanks for doing it for us.
    Barbara

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  5. i LOVE it! i didn't realize that the deconstruction of a pattern was an art all in itself...what a great pattern..."Featherfall" is a great name too! thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Thank you Carole, I cannot wait to try this one.

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  7. i really love Featherfall. It's so graceful and flowing. I'm going to try it soon.

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  8. Oh I have been trying this and it is beautiful. Thanks Annette Graves

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  9. This is a beautiful pattern. I love tangles that are organic and flowing like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN CAROLE! I SIMPLY LOVE YOUR WORK!! THANKS FOR SHARING! I TRIED IT 'QUICKLY' WHILE LOOKING AT YOUR DIRECTIONS AND I WILL DEFINATELY HAVE TO WORK AND PRACTICE THIS ONE .... IT IS FUN TO DO- AND THANKS FOR SHARING, AS ALWAYS! PEACE &PRAYERS -BOBBI

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  11. Absolutely stunning! I really like your work and am enjoying your Zentangles.

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  12. I love this pattern; I like flowing lines a great deal, which is why I learned a pattern my local CZT showed us, but I've not found it anywhere--in anyone else's 'tangles--outside what she showed us. She calls it "feathers," but it's more like many units of "Flux" on a long, curving, elegant stem. She then went on to draw tiny 'tangles inside each "leaf" (my description, not hers); I love it, I use it all the time, but have no idea if it's hers, or if it's a copyrighted Zentangle. I don't want to commit copyright infringement!

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  13. This is my new favorite tangle. It took a while before I tried it, now I love it to bits.

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  14. This is a very cool Zentangle!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Any tips on shading? which pens you use etc?
    THANKS
    Love your work
    Talita

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  16. Beautiful! The feathers are so pretty <3

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  17. I stumbled upon this via Pinterest and I just love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Wow, this is very nice. I have just discovered your blog today. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. This is probably my favourite zentangle pattern ever!

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  20. Beautiful tangle and the tile is amazing. Thank you!

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  21. I am new to Zentangle, and this is what its all about. So lovely and easy to create beauty. I love it!

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