String Time!


Each Thursday I post a string for my members in Tangle All Around to work with. We have a really happening group on Facebook and we would love for you to join us if you aren’t already in the group. I post prompts on Saturdays and we have some fun projects in the works. Here is the string I gave them today:

Typically I work on a 3.5″ square paper – sometimes called a tile. So pretend this big white block with the pencil lines is 3.5″ square. Those lines are guidelines to follow. I pick a tangle pattern to draw in each of those sections. Sometimes I use a different pattern in every section, sometimes I repeat patterns in various sections. It all comes down to how I’m feeling at the time. This tile has five sections as shown, but I could combine a couple sections if I wanted to. There are no hard and fast rules. Just relax, don’t stress, and enjoy the process.

This is what I came up with. I started with those printemps in the upper right corner. They have become my signature tangle – I didn’t come up with the idea of drawing these – I just use them all the time. And usually I begin with this pattern. Then I moved on to the hollibaugh section in the upper left. Loads of fun to draw hollibaugh this way! Next was fiore in the middle section. I love that pattern! I added diva dance rock n’ roll roses along the right hand side. Then I had to decide what to do with that left hand section. I didn’t like any ideas I had so I put the tile away for the night. This morning I thought . . . ooh! I could just dangle lines down from the hollibaugh above it. And that worked! Reminds me of airways! Can you find my ‘chop’? My signature? It’s in there. I always draw it first. That’s a clue! So, you get the idea, right? You take the string, draw it in pencil on your tile or paper, then add the patterns. One at a time. And you relax and have a wonderful time zoning everything else out and just focusing on tangling. I love it!

Need a tangly place to hang out? Come join us at Tangle All Around. The only rules are to be nice, don’t post links that take us away from the wall, and be an encourager. You got this! I’ll see you over at Tangle All Around!

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16 thoughts on “String Time!

    • haha! good! to me it just stands out like crazy. I write it first, then start drawing around it

  1. I needed this article as a push to try the string prompts. I’ve been drawing a blank recently. For some reason you really spoke to me here. Thank you.

  2. Beautiful! I need some time to tangle and relax! You don’t realize how much you miss it untill you can’t do it!

    • yay!!! it is nothing fancy but it’s the third one I’ve had over the years. it keeps changing.

    • thanks, sandra, I really haven’t felt like drawing in a long time. I needed to push myself to do this

  3. Well it took a bit of time to find your Chop but should have known it was in amongst your ‘signature’ tangle! Superbly clear explanation of what a string is – love how you repeat it so newbies can follow along besides which the oldies need reminding & can find a different angle or two!

  4. Hi Alice,

    I’m catching up on Tangle List business and tried emailing you twice, but the emails keep getting returned to me with the message “Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender.” I’m able to send email to other addresses, so I’m not sure this is an issue on my end. Anyways, just wanted to give you a head’s up about the email situation. Congratulations on the new book! I’ll keep it in mind as I write blog posts.

    Sorry to do this over a blog comment, but I wasn’t sure how else to get a message to you outside of email or Facebook. Feel free to delete this comment or keep it private if you wish.

    – Carly

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