Yes! Week one was a great success! A lot of people are getting involved and learning ways to up their tangle game. Ways to take tangle artworks to the next level. Welcome to week two!
First of all I want to show you my week two pages from my book. I love this book! I couldn’t find the right journal to work in so I made my own using Bristol Illustrated paper from Hahnemühle. This paper is perfect for all the ways I like to work. My little sprite is a digital stamp image I downloaded and printed out. Copic markers were used to bring him to life.
I am trying to put all my lesson points in these stamped film strip boxes. And I am not worrying about showing every step to each pattern, although I will do that for the ones I have trouble remembering.
I am continuing to incorporate a piece of art from a friend when I can. This mandala tile was colored by Christine Reyes. We share art fun stuff with each other. She colored the tile and I added the week’s string to it and tangled it with patterns from the week. The tangles this week are: Caracole, All Boxed Up, Dragonair, Blooming-butter, Line Dance, Henna Drum and YNY. The designers are from the United States, Hungary, Tasmania and New South Wales.
I took an entire page and colored it using Tombow brush pens, a craft mat and some water. A technique you’ve seen me use many times. I love how it turns out. Then I tangled the page using last week’s patterns and techniques. Then I finished the art piece with a technique from this week’s lesson.
Same piece, I just added shading and highlights with colored pencils. That’s it for my work. Now let me walk you through the lesson points for week two where we are working on coffering, line weight and various ways to shade.
Coffering: basically an architectural term, think sunken panels. Coffering works best with defined spaces and corners. Aura inside the space, then connect each corner to the auraed space with a line.
Line Weight: a thickening of the lines to add dimension and interest. Line weight is as simple as auraing a portion of the line and filling it in with ink.
Shading: shading gives your artwork dimension, depth and life. There are several ways to add shading, we are going to cover the most common using graphite and a tortillon, enthatching as shading, stippling, crosshatching and using color to shade. Graphite shading – Marizaan van Beek, South Africa, posted a great shading with graphite tutorial at this link – photos and written description: https://tanglepatterns.com/2012/10/tanglepatterns-shading-mini-clinic-part-1.html Basically, think about places lines overlap, where there are valleys, where you want something to stand out – use a light hand and apply pencil in those areas and smooth it in circular motions with the tortillon. If you don’t have a tortillon, a fingertip does the trick also. Marizaan’s article will explain it in more detail.
Enthatching as shading – we learned enthatching last week. Enthatching is a feathery, hatching technique made by flicking your pen tip lightly along the direction of the tangle. It adds dimension and movement. With a loose grip on your pen, start at one end or corner of your tangle and lightly flick away, typically towards a center point.
Stippling – stippling is shading created using a series of closely placed dots. Add them where you would normally place the graphite shading.
Crosshatching – this is where you lay down two layers of hatch marks at right angles to each other to create mesh-like shading.
Color – shading with color can be done with pencils, markers, watercolor, acrylics, pastels – basically with any color media. Where you want the shade to be the darkest, use a darker color. Where you want the shade to be lighter, use a lighter color. Start with the lightest color first, then add the next darker color layer over the first.
Here is the string for week two.
Use this week’s tangles to practice coffering, line weight and shading. Remember to also incorporate the enhancers you learned last week. On the string, try to include at least 3 of the tangles and as many of the techniques as you are comfortable with. Remember you can tangle this string more than one time. You could even pull out last week’s string and use it with the new techniques. Have fun! Want to join us on Facebook? Click here to join Tangle All Around. Here are the patterns for the week:
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