Friday, 18 September 2015

New Tangle Pattern - HEART WRAP

Some of you know that I am currently writing a book featuring 500 tangle patterns.

It is hard work and takes forever! The quality of artwork is very important to me.

Many great artists are contributing and without their encouragement I would have given up a long time ago.  ZenHugs to all those wonderful people - you know who you are!

Some of my patterns are just so beautiful, that I cannot wait any longer. I just have to start sharing some of them with the world.
On this blog you will find one new pattern each Friday. I would be extremely happy if you would share a link to your artwork containing this new pattern in the comments below.

The first pattern I am sharing is called Heart Wrap.

I used to draw in my school notebooks all the time. After collecting dust for 30 years in the attic, I finally found them again. What a surprise to see all these lovely patterns! I decided to draw step outs for my personal use. After finishing the first 50, the idea popped into my head that it would be nice to share those patterns with the rest of the Zentangle community. Some of those patterns are true Zentangles and some are just great to add to your Zentangle Inspired Art.

Heart Wrap looks difficult at first. You just have to try it out. It is easier than it looks. For the past 3 months I found myself repeatedly using this pattern on birthday cards and bookmarks. I will remember to take a picture before giving away the next one !

I hope you have fun with Heart Wrap and really want to see your creations! See you next Friday!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Using a background as a string

I just could not resist to tangle on one of those beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds created by Alice Hendon. The background provided me with a string.

Alice is selling her backgrounds as digital downloads on  Etsy. She also has a blog where I found weekly string challenges.

I started off tracing the drop shapes which are part of the background. Then I added some popsicles and finally the spiral.
To add more interest I used white Polychromos colour pencils for highlights and shaded the centre of the popsicles.

I probably could have filled the entire sheet with patterns, but it would have distracted too much from the colourful background. So I call it "done".