I’ve been collecting patterns that inspire me in an Evernote notebook for over a year now thinking that some of them would make phenomenal tangle patterns. I see new patterns every day and think, “I should really give this a shot” and then talk myself out of it. Call it lack of confidence, fear of judgment, excuse mongering…but I have finally conquered those demons and created my first tangle. With CZT #18 fast approaching (CAN. NOT. WAIT.), I thought it was high time.
I did check every single pattern I’ve documented to make sure it’s not a duplicate, and while there are elements that are familiar (Xenso, Starbarz, Insydout, Bales), I am fairly certain this meets the new tangle pattern guidelines.
So here goes. First, the inspiration: An Instagram post of this walkway at Ipanema Beach in Rio De Janeiro (full disclosure, I’ve never been there so the Instagram poster info is included for credit purposes). I loved the mosaic, but didn’t try to recreate that, instead focusing on the overall dark/light placement of the larger diamond shapes.
Here is the step-out for the pattern (note: creating these is harder than it looks!):
The key to this is to be super careful when making the wavy lines in steps 3 and 4 so they end up forming the right shapes in the middle of the diamonds. When shading, take it slowly, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself and color a section you meant to leave blank.
Finally, a tangleation.
|tan-gle-a-tion (tan-gəl-ā-shən) noun
1. A noticeable variation of an existing tangle.
I drew a large grid on a 5×7 sketchbook page and spent no fewer than 4 weeks of hour-long sessions (while my son was getting SAT tutoring) filling in each section. Definitely turned out to be more work than anticipated but I do like the result.
Let me know what you think! And, if you use the tangle, I’d love to see what you created so please link to your work!I encourage and appreciate sharing!: