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