Tangle patterns come in all levels of ease – from easy peasy to oh my gosh what was I thinking!!! Normally when I hit one of those hard ones I push myself and give it a good go. If it is still beating me about the head – I move on to something else. But it’s Inktober and I picked the tangle patterns for my Facebook group Tangle All Around to use. I don’t try the patterns first. I just pick them, trying to have a good variety of types and skill levels. You know – to keep everyone challenged. And then this week happened. You know the kind of week I mean. Hahahaha!
I want to begin the post with Windmill. At first glance, this pattern is a grid based one. Grids aren’t really my thing. My brain hurts when I try to do grids but I wanted a well-rounded selection for Inktober. And it is good to push myself to try new things, and I thought this would be a fun pattern to work with. After I threw two really lovely colored tiles with messed up windmill attempts into the trash I thought about not doing this pattern at all. But I am the ‘leader’ of the group and I felt pressure. Hahaha! I have since gotten over that but on this day I felt pressure. So I came up with a way to make this pattern work. Let me show you what I did.
I drew the grid structure on my tile and placed the tile right on top of the step out page that I had printed off for this purpose.
I was going to work on step two, so I placed the tile under the step two photo and drew the lines shown in red – making sure that my tile looked like the drawing for step two. I know . . . not real zen-ful but at least it worked. Then I slid the tile over underneath the step three drawing and drew the curved lines for step three.
That worked so well that I moved my tile to step four. I could’t make my hand work to draw in that orientation, so I rotated the whole page AND my tile and turned it upside down. Then I was able to draw the curved lines for step four. By simply rotating the whole thing as a unit I was able to draw the step four lines the same way I had done step three. By starting at the bottom of the work area and drawing my lines upwards.
Notice in this photo that I drew an arrow in pencil to make sure I knew which side was the top of the tile. And then I moved on to steps five and six. They were the same as three and four – just going out to the sides, so I rotated my paper and worked on my tile sideways. Always moving the tile and paper as one piece. Yes, this was a bit much of a pain but I felt like I had to do this tile since I had picked it out.
And I was able to complete the basic steps of my tile by doing this rotate thing. At this point I know that I will never draw this pattern again. Ever. But I was able to make it this once. I even added some embellishments because it looked a bit like there was way too much space on the sides. Not zen-ful at all! But at least I thought far enough ahead to take photos so I could make this post! Hahahaha!
And this is how it turned out. Moving on.
A couple days later we had this pattern. I love Sandra Strait’s fun and easy tangles. Always so cute and full of fun! I was really looking forward to working with her little Dragon Fly! The inktober prompt for the day was dragon so this was going to be perfect! Two tiles in I realized I was going to need to cheat a little. My dragon fly was working ok but placement on my tile was not working. I wasn’t allowing enough room for this little guy’s tail and wings. I needed a plan to make that work because I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me. Hello! He is a dragon!
I did not want to ask Sandra for help, but I did think about what Sandra would do. And I remembered how she divides her animals up into shapes. Geometrics. And I was able to go from there. I began with a pencil and tried the shapes out on the back of the step out sheet, then moved to my tile and sketched them out there. I darkened this up so you could see it better. Not awesome but there is room for the head, the body, feet, tail and wings. As long as I stayed mostly in those specified areas – my dragon fly would fit! Yayayayay!!! Cause he’s a dragon!!!!
Working with the step out sheet in plain sight – sound like a cop, don’t I? – I was able to make my cute little dragon fly and I hope I made Sandra proud. I look up to her. She and Jennifer and Robin and Shay are my art heroes. I always want to make them proud.
I know I showed him to you a few days ago, but here he is again. I usually name all my dragons. Perhaps I will name this one Sandra <3
I hope I have been able to give you a few ideas for working on harder patterns. Today’s tangle was a particularly hard one for me. It’s called XOX. I tried it and threw one tile away and moved on to printemps and crescent moon instead. Hahahahaha! Have a great day!