Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Monotangles

The Diva's Week 11: Monotangles. (What a great word!)
   One might think that a whole tile with the same tangle would be restrictive. I wondered about that before I started, but then soon realized how freeing the "elegance of limits" can be. 
   I thought back to my college art major days. Our first year Design class was one thing: pick an item from nature, and use that one item as a basis for the designs we would create for the whole semester. At first it seemed almost impossible, but as the weeks went by, we were stretching and seeing and fully in the rhythm of our little item. It was one of the best classes ever. This challenge felt like that. How freeing to only be immersed in one pattern. What an opportunity to explore the lines and feel the rhythms of the tangle. 




   My first tile was a string of loops and circles, with Hollibaugh wrapped around each loop and also then connecting the loops. Great fun.
  I thought this would be the perfect time to bust open my package of pre-strung Zentangle tiles! This took the decision-making almost completely out of the equation. All that was left for me to do was pick a tangle and start. It was so much fun, that I did two more, using Puf (and a few circles, I can't resist, ok and a bullseye kind of center).




16 comments:

  1. The tangles that you come up with are elegant and fabulous. I love your touch with pen and pencil!

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  2. These are gorgeous! I especially love the shapes that formed in the last one!

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  3. Great depth on them, especially the one with the bulls-eye. Both are wonderful. Your college challenge sounded really interesting. I hadn't heard of that one before.

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  4. These are incredible!! Wowza. :o)

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  5. Your work is always so beautiful Carole. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  6. The last one is definitely my favorite but I love your attitude about the challenge. I found it absolutely challenging and difficult!

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  7. I can always recognize your work, even in the <1" dashboard blog feeds! They always have a certain elegance, as 'ledenzer' said above. All of these are quite lovely.
    --Margaret

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  8. I love the tiles - it's an interesting progression from 2 to 3 and I think it's absolutely lovely work. Your style is inimitable!

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  9. Gorgeous! Carole, you have such a wonderful style!

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  10. Every tangle feels three-dimensional.

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  11. All of them are breathtaking and I can´t decide which one I love best.
    Your shading of PUF is so well done… It´s so fluffy and airy.

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  12. Wow and woweeeeeee! I appreciated that you shared your thinking process, too. You make me feel like Zentangle courage, freedom, and fun is really all possible!

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