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Lazy Eights Tangle Pattern

Lazy-Eights

Lazy Eights is a very easy tangle that uses a simple figure eight drawn line repeated in two directions; one vertical and one horizontal. Doing this creates a little flower-like bloom. Lines are drawn from the center outward as an added flair to each of the open petals. As a final touch I added a dot in the center of each bloom to complete the look of a flower. Once you complete one bloom, you just simply keep repeating the Lazy Eights pattern to fill in the empty spaces. As you can see you can create very small blooms to very big blooms which gives a nice variation to this tangle. As the name implies I was inspired to create this tangle using the most basic number I learned as a child – the number eight! Hope you enjoy using this new tangle as much as I do.

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Day Eighteen, Creation Eighteen

House Painting. Yep, that’s what I did all weekend long. No adventures, no long bike rides, no relaxing. I didn’t even catchup on housework- just house painting. Sad thing is, it wasn’t even my house.

As an FYI, I don’t own a home- I rent an apartment. period.

It’s not like I really don’t mind house painting, especially when it’s for a good reason, it can just be plain exhausting. Yet somehow over the long exhausting weekend, I did manage to squeeze in one visual journal practice session in and one completed tangled tile to show for it.

Unfortunately I hate it.

Okay so I don’t really hate it, but this was the first time I really struggled through the creation process. I was really excited when I turned the page to day eighteen. There were a couple of new tangles I saw that I really wanted to learn. The first tangle, called “Gneiss” was fairly straight forward and creates a really interesting star-like pattern. “Cadent”, a flag-like pattern was also fairly straight forward. However, “HUGGINS” caused me the most pain.

I think my brain went on vacation as I was drawing this tangle. I am fairly sure I created a least two new patterns, neither of which were the elusive Huggins pattern I was trying to draw.

I know, I should feel excited that I created new patterns, but all I really wanted this weekend was to successfully draw Huggins. Good news, I eventually got there, but not easily or consistently.

At this point, (i thought) I was ready to start my tile. I laid down my string guide and started filling in each area with a pattern. So far so good- right? Not.

Somehow I still managed to draw Huggins incorrectly, but I did try again on the same tile in a different area and managed not to screw it up a second time. Unfortunately, Huggins was not the only thing I battled with. I seemed to be missing the instinct I normally have when putting together a design. That magic knowledge that I normally possess that tells me the perfect spot to place each pattern eluded me. For the first time, I felt that this tile was designer’s nightmare- nothing seemed to work together.

The frugal part of myself refused to throw the tile away ( those little pieces of paper can be expensive!), nor would I waste another tile by starting over. Instead I jammed my tile in my storage box, closed the lid, and walked away.

In hindsight, I am glad I walked away. As many artists experience, that walking away and coming back to something at a later date could be just what the doctor ordered. After letting some time go by, I pulled out my seemingly hideous little tile and thought to myself “Maybe this tile isn’t so hideous after all”?

Hey, it can happen. One day hate something to death, the next day it’s not so bad. Taking time before making rash decisions is what everyone needs to do sometimes. We all could avoid a lot of heartache if we took a step back before moving forward.

Okay, so now it is your turn. Take your time, let me know what you think…

PS. Let me know if you spot the accidental new pattern. I will probably have to come up with a name for it ­čÖé

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Day Seventeen, Creation Seventeen

20130821-194625.jpgOh the wonderful webs we can weave! At least that is what I am think when I look at my tile.

Day Seventeen asked me to continue to focus on organic curvy patterns and seek to combine them with a linear style tangle. If you haven’t notice already, I tend to┬á lean towards using organic looking tangles, which is my preference, but trying to combine organic pattern with a more uniform defined pattern was a little more challenging.

As an added challenge, I had a hard time figuring out how to combine the recommended newly learned tangles into this piece. Eventually, I ran across a suggested string template found on tanglepatterns.com. (String Template # 043)

If you haven’t had a chance to explore┬á tanglepatterns.com, this is a “must-stop” website for beginners or anyone looking to expand their tangle pattern collection. This site is loaded with official Zentangle patterns and other custom designed patterns from around the world. Tanglepatterns.com also has plenty of helpful tips, guides, and book reviews. This is where I go to for inspiration or if I am just “stuck” and not sure how to begin a tile.

After I found the string template from tanglepatterns.com, I was no longer unsure of myself and was able to start my tile. For the outer diamond area, I began filling in the tile with “Virtruvius” tangle which is cool pattern that alternates between a circle and square. For the center area I used the lollipop looking pattern called “Sedgling” and filled in the rest of the center with “Courant” which is a design that fills in open areas nicely.

All-in-all, this didn’t turn out too badly and I was happy for the chance to unwind while I created this. I hope you get a chance to unwind this evening as well. If you not sure where to begin, just pick a pen and start drawing. ­čÖé

Until next post…

Denielle Noe

 

 

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Day Two, Creation Two

photo 2Wow! Now I’m really cook’in! Day 2, creation 2 is done! I am excited to complete day 2 of my Zentangle a day art challenge. In case you didn’t read my earlier post, I am following “One Zentangle A Day” 6 week course. This new tile features a brand new tangle I just learned called “Nekton”. Complimenting this new tangle is two other great tangle patterns “Knightsbridge” and “Fescu”. Working on this tile really helped me unwind after another mind-numbing work day.

Hope you enjoy my latest creation!

Denielle Noe