As I’ve had a chance to delve further into the art of Zentangle® these past few months, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of ‘tangles’ or ‘tangle patterns’, created by others, including Sandra Strait’s daily blogging of the very latest tangles as well as a great resource that keeps growing over at www.tanglepatterns.com. And like most folks that start tangling.. I began seeing inspirations for patterns everywhere and started to come up with a few of my own inspired tangles.
I think the inspiration for this very simple tangle came from looking at stick figure comics, believe it or not.. It starts simply with two crossed lines, perpendicular to each other, then add circles to each end (the stick figure head), two dots for eyes, antennae, and then what the Zentangle® folks call “auras” or outlines around the shape.. most of the time for this I use two of them. Placement? You can fill an entire area with these or use wide open spaces in between, or lay them out in a row, or overlap them here and there…
So I introduce, my first tangle let loose in the wild… “4-Headed Martians“. After you do a few of these they actually begin to look quite regal and elegant from a distance, yet were totally inspired by whimsy.
Have fun, and if you use the tangle, post a link in the comments to your artwork so I can see what you’ve done with it!