Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tangle: Floatfest

Just one more bit of FloatFest fun...


This month's Tangle a Day Calendar came along with me to the FloatFest Zentangle Re-Treat last weekend. A few people saw what showed up on March 6 and 7 of the calendar, and asked if I would demonstrate the tangle. 

At the time, there was no name for it, so the group decided it should be named for the retreat, since this was the first time it had been shared. So I present: Floatfest: the tangle.


This tangle starts off like Crescent Moon, and ends up a little like Hollibaugh with its "bars behind" process. It works best on a rounded area of the string, so the auras can dance a bit. We tried starting on a straight line, but it didn't have the same effect. When doing the double auras (beginning Step 2), don't worry about where they begin and end. Just stop the aura when you get to whatever element it bumps into. Keep adding the double auras, piling them as high as you like.
   After you've created the initial aura arcs, go back and add the bottom portions (legs) of the arcs (Step 5). The order of adding these legs doesn't matter, unless you want it to. You can begin toward the front, or bottom row, and continue back. I find that I start that way, and then next thing I know, I am doing them willy nilly. It's all about the floating on this one!
   Once the group named this tangle, I thought it seemed really fitting. I see the crescent shapes as individuals of a community. As each person's aura/energy ripples outward, it touches the next person in unexpected and unplanned ways. When the auras are completed, they tie everything together and feel like a very unified element. Just like a community. The trick to its charm is not to control it. Let the auras fall where they may and appreciate and love them for just where they are.

14 comments:

  1. It is wonderful and I can't wait to try it out. And a great story to go with it.

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  2. Wonderful instructions!!! Thanks for sharing......

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  3. That is a beautiful tangle. It's going right into my "faves" notebook. I love how it is a reflection of the retreat. Very philosophical.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this wonderful new tangle!

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  5. i love the new pattern! thank you!

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  6. Float fest, maybe it will make me feel like I was there. Sounded like a wonderful weekend and it's a great pattern!

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  7. One of the great ones. Thanks for the invention and inspiration.

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  8. Float is right. Perfect curve fill-in. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Hi,

    I tried the Zentangle, and find that as a leftie mine comes out looking a bit different. Cool, but different. Thanks!

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  10. Magnificent, lovely and lady, looks hard to do, but one I'm going to love to get my hands on.. thanks heaps..

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  11. Well, that was fun, refreshing, and very satifying! Thanking you!!!

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