A ‘Popcorny’ Tangle

Happy New Year! It’s been a busy time for us since we last posted, so I thought I’d start the new year off with some new tangles….

I love looking for and at patterns everywhere in my world, real and virtual. I have a habit of saving patterns and photos I find inspiring on Pinterest, or snapping photos of patterns I see in store windows, architecture, nature, etc. Yesterday I came across a textile pattern on Pinterest, and after looking for ways to simulate it as a tangle, it morphed into this….

Pop'T tangle by Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT


It starts with an inverted Y shape, then you can connect the mid sections of the branches with two concave strokes that form a point in between each branch. It helps to turn your work as you go around. Then connect the tops of the branches with two convex strokes or bumps. I like to darken one of the three inside sections. The moment you shade the outer sections it turns into these wonderful popcorn-y puffs! You can float them individually or layer them… or lay the Y shapes out in a staggered grid and fill/darken in between. You could also connect them to branch or stem-like strokes for whimsical elements at the edge of your work, or even work them into a border!

In the example below, I was playing with a drawing tutorial from Helen Williams’ new e-book on Flips, Folds and Ribbons... and threw some of Pop’t in as a background. I love how the shading and highlights transforms the whole piece!

Pop'T tangle sample, by Sadelle Wiltshire

Sample w Pop’T, shadows in pencil and highlights in white gel pen

Try it out! And do post a link to your work if you do!

Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT

By the way, if you haven’t seen an email blast from us in a while, it’s just that we’ve slowed our schedule down for January and February… but stay tuned for more fun!

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16 Responses to A ‘Popcorny’ Tangle

  1. helen says:

    Your Pop’t looks adorable! You’re doing a great job with the flips, too 🙂 helen

  2. Holly says:

    Are there step by step instructions? It is a bit hard to create by reading steps. 😎


    • Sadelle says:

      Holly, sorry you’re having trouble with the step outs… were you able to click on the first picture to view the step outs larger? I do have step by steps in that first image, but it’s best viewed by clicking on the Pop’T image to see the larger version.

      If my step outs are still unclear let me know and I will work on a better set of step outs.

  3. SAC says:

    I did click on the picture but it quickly flipped to the 2nd and then settled on your signature. It was hard for me to see what each step was it was gone so fast. I’d like to try it. It looks fun. Thanks.

  4. Jane says:

    Looks great, Sadelle! Hmmmm, makes me hungry.

  5. SAC says:

    Yes! thanks very much.

  6. Sharon Wrench says:

    I love your new pattern and also your book “Flips, Folds and Ribbons.” I just ordered the book and can’t wait to learn everything. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Pumpy says:

    Thank you this looks a very interesting design.

  8. Melissa says:

    So organic, really like Pop’T. Thanks.

    • Sadelle says:

      Thanks, Melissa! Nice to hear from you! Funny, I hadn’t thought about it as organic, but I guess it is!

  9. Jennifer says:

    What a great tangle…thank you! And for the little lesson in shading as well.

    Also–I really like the sketchbook (size and paper color) you are using. I would like to get one if you don’t mind telling me what and where.

    Thanks again–can’t wait to try this one : )


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