Pieces of art with loads of tangles and gorgeous patterns are wonderful and I love to make them but I don’t always have the time or motivation. Let’s face it. These days it is hard to keep focus but I wanted to tangle something. Two patterns are two more than I had been doing for days now. Hahaha! It’s true! Let me show you what I did.
I found this new journal at Joggles. It is made by Jenine and has 26 sheets of watercolor paper in a wrap around, ring bound format. I find it is easier to work if you remove the page from the book first. But watch your hands, those rings are super tight and will pinch you in a hurry! Working with my Schmincke colors and a water filled brush I just started adding random blobs of color.
Working on dry paper, I just kept adding blobs and stacking them.
Until the whole 6″ x 6″ block was filled with beautiful color. I didn’t worry about the sharp lines and crisp edges. I had a plan in mind. A plan that included just two tangles.
But first I sprayed water over the entire piece and let it sit until dry. You can see with the bright blue squiggle in the upper right – some feathering is starting to happen. A little was ok, but I wasn’t going for a lot of movement which is why I used very little water. I still wanted separate blocks of color.
Here it is completely dry. The papers in this book have heavier texture on one side and smoother on the back. I worked on the back of this page. Those heavier textures can be a little much for my pen nibs.
My first tangle was crescent moon. You can see here how I just went with little blocks of color, lined around them and added the little moons with auras.
Then I started stacking crescent moons areas, attaching them to bits of already tangled sections.
I kept adding sections of crescent moon, building and layering until I liked how it looked. All the leftover areas got filled with printemps. And I hid my chop/ signature in there, too. Two pattern tangling. Fun and satisfying. <3