Floral Lace

After playing with a ton of new ideas for patterns, I came across this beauty.
Floral Lace by Ina Sonnenmoser

Floral Lace kept me busy for a while. As you can see, I decided to use various flowers and I also played around with different colored pens.
Colorists will have fun with this version. I am glad I scanned it before starting to apply color.

Floral Lace Art by Ina Sonnenmoser

Then I decided to draw the different steps with different colored markers. Fun!

Floral Lace Art 3

Yes, I drew Step 3-5 in pencil first and only drew the outline in dark green. This is the front of a Birthday card. The black fill makes all the colors pop.


Defining a Base Pattern

This topic is still keeping me busy. Again, I would LOVE to hear your comments on this conclusion. Does this make sense to you?
Base Pattern Definition
More to follow soon!

Analysing patterns

Writing this book of mine is not as easy as one would think. Yes, I could just take 500 patterns, put them randomly in the book and call it a day. But that would not be me. I am a perfectionist 😉

So, I am analysing patterns by framework for months now.

Starting with a simple grid. Would you consider it a new pattern just because the pattern is drawn on an angled grid? Or a warped grid? No, you wouldn’t!

And the same applies to the content of each square of this grid. What counts is what is INSIDE that one square. And how it interacts when twisted and turned within a group of squares. Below you see 3 different patterns.

So the basic drawing is done in one square. Now it depends how you combine those squares to form a pattern.

Often I see that a grid pattern applied in a row of 2 (which I will refer to as a ribbon) get’s it’s own name. I don’t think that is right. Below you see 3 versions of the same pattern.

Pattern in ribbon form

Pattern in ribbon form

Pattern in warped ribbon form

Pattern in warped ribbon form

Pattern in totally warped form

Pattern in totally warped form

Or a grid pattern is applied in a circle and again, get’s it’s own name.

Pattern in the round

Pattern in the round

I don’t think that is right. It is still the same pattern, just applied in the round!

What happens when the fill is changed? Instead of filling it solid, the little gridbox is filled with lines as shown below?

Filled with lines instead of solid fill

Filled with lines instead of solid fill

Should it get it’s own name? Compare them again:

Same name or different name?

What about this:

Same pattern or new pattern? When do we start calling it a Tangleation? And when do we call it a new pattern? How will anyone ever be able to identify an existing pattern? Or how do you find the name of a pattern you drew?

Hang on a sec… I am not finished yet! 🙂 What if you add a few squiggles here and there? Is it now a new pattern? Or rather an embellished pattern? How many embellishments and tangleations before a pattern deserves it’s own name?

Line7I would really love to hear your views on this matter!


Patterns and your subconcious

We did a fun exercise in our Tangle It! Pattern Club. I asked the members to quickly write down 5 patterns that spontaneously came to mind. The next day I tried to analyse what each pattern could mean. I am definitely not a professor of psychology – so please look at this with a sense of humour.

If you want to give it a try, then write down 5 patterns quickly BEFORE reading any further!

Here is the result posted in the group:

1.) Firstly, all patterns that are drawn in a grid – I think they represent order. You like everything nice and neat.


2.) Filler patterns – you are a hoarder. Admit it, deep down inside you know that you need a lot of everything – especially art supplies!


3.) Wrapping patterns/Encasing something – Feeling protected is important to you


Difficult patterns – you like a challenge!


4.) Surprise patterns – You don’t mind hard work because you know in the end it is all worth while


5.) Black and White patterns – There is good and there is bad. And nothing inbetween


6.) Random patterns – you are very spontaneous


7.) Flowing patterns and flower patterns – you like harmony, no stress


8.) Confusing patterns – you like doing crazy stuff! (I like you ..hehe..)


9.) Zig-Zag patterns – you take the difficult road


10.) All others:


The patterns I picked before even thinking about the analysis were:

Flux, Tipple, Heartwrap, Printemps, Ududu

This means, I like harmony; no stress. I like a challenge and I am an art supply hoarder. And I like surprises. Well, that sums me up pretty much 😉

Remember, this is just for fun!

Pattern Focus: Madeline by Lila Holter (Popcheff)

My absolute favorite pattern is the Flower of Life. While browsing through blog posts from fellow tanglers, I came across Lila’s pattern Madeline.  It is the third time she revisited the original pattern Maddie since 2013. Madeline is a grown-up version of Maddie. Click here to check out her blog.

It’s one pattern that is just not being seen enough, so I decided to do a Pattern Focus in our Tangle It! Pattern Club on Facebook featuring this pattern.

Madeline by Lila Holter (Popcheff)

You really should have a look at her blog. It is amazing what can be done with Madeline.

OpArt #1

OpArt – fascinating, isn’t it? But where do you start? I’ll be posting a series of instructions as I find the time. Here is the first of many to come:

OpArt by Ina Sonnenmoser

OpArt by Ina Sonnenmoser OpArt by Ina Sonnenmoser