We had a lovely forest/nature tangles workshop on Oct 4, and as part of our preparations, I wanted to give folks a chance to warm up to the notion of “drawing behind” some more before we got into more challenging layers of patterns. So back to basics with a twist!
Inspired by the vines, twigs on the forest floor, I created this initially as a tangleation of one of the core tangle patterns for drawing behind, “Hollibaugh“. Here’s a preview of the first time I tested this tangleation out in my sketchbook…
It’s pretty easy to draw, and the important thing here is NOT to set out to draw a “thing” (ie a twig, etc). Just think about the shapes. Draw your first line, but add a bump on the left side of it somewhere… doesn’t have to a straight line, you can make it shaky, and it works too!. Now, to the right of your first line, make another line, but this time add a random elongated ‘stick-like’ shape out at about a 30 degree angle. But again, it’s just another protrusion.. it can be shaky too, it can be at a different angle, different shape. In the step out below, I have a version where the protrusions have a point at the ends, kinda ‘thorny’. You get the idea, right?
Continue adding new bands, at an angle to the last one you did, with a bump on one side and random longer thin “stick” on the other… just like with Hollibaugh. Turn your tile as you add more of these bands. Don’t fuss too much on making it “look like something”. Just concentrate on the shapes… FUN!
So here is “Twiggee”, as I’m NOW calling her*. Seems to me she’s a tangleation (a tangle variation) rather than a Tangle… but if done uncrossed…. well maybe not? I don’t care… I just want you to have fun with it!
We’ll do another nature-inspired workshop later this winter…. just when we’re getting sick of the dreariness and next time, mix it up with some COLOR and flower-inspired shapes to usher in spring! Meanwhile, have fun and show me your work!
*Sandy B has a tangle called Twiggy, so I’ve changed the spelling on this one just a tad.