About a month or so ago in a wonderfully quiet and productive mood, I started playing with an ornamental feature frequently seen in illuminated manuscripts. I often show this little leaf doodle in some of my Celtic and Illuminated Lettering classes and one day I tried a few extra strokes here and there, with thicker vines, and voila! A new tangle was born.
It reminded me of a cotton boll, and somehow French was in my mind that day, so the name ‘Coton’ stuck.
But I’m already over a week late in posting the tangle step-outs I’d promised – so here are the instructions below. There are MANY more ways one could play with and interpret this tangle, so I’d LOVE to see what you come up with!
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Coton, the Step Out:
- Coton starts with an S curve on the left, and a reverse S curve on the right.
- To that I add a stroke curving back and down towards the middle, yet keeping an open space at the middle.
- Then I add a C curve and reverse C curve shape in the center to form the third leaf in this Trefoil shape.
- Then you create auras between the leaves, with the top open, a kind of a “V” shape. Finally I close off the top with a series of linked downward facing arcs.
This tangle can be done attached to a vine, or not. Sometimes I like to just create the boll-like bits and have them falling off into space, with a trail of dots. I’ve got a few more examples below the stepouts!
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