Looping around

A week ago I looked at the common shapes that we use on pattern-collections.com to create patterns.


We picked them all because they are easy to draw – EVERYONE can draw these shapes, artist or non-artist!

There is one shape missing on this list though: The Loop


A few pattern designers jumped at the idea to have a play with loops to see what we can come up with. Well, within a week we managed to come up with over 80 new step-outs.

My biggest eye opener was when I used the half loop and turned, twisted, and connected this half loop in different ways.

Bam – suddenly I created this pattern – known as Cadent.

Cadent Reborn by Ina Sonnenmoser

Cadent is drawn completely different though!


As you can see, the original Cadent uses a dot grid and then wraps an S-shape around the orbs. Cadent Reborn begins with a half loop and grows from there. This allows for more flexibility.

Without giving it any thought, I continued to play around with those half loops, and out came Y-Full Power Reborn (took me a while to find the original pattern), Funlz Reborn,  and Full Funls Reborn.

Y-Full Power Reborn by Ina SonnenmoserFunlz Reborn by Ina SonnenmoserFull Funls Reborn

There is more to come during the course of next week!

And here is some artwork I created using the above patterns:

Full Funls Reborn Artwork by Ina SonnenmoserFunlz Reborn Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Right now we are busy preparing for TangleMania Frankfurt 2017! It’s only 4 weeks away. We are all totally excited! I will have to talk really really fast because there is so much to tell!

If you want to join in a weekend of tangling fun, click the link and register.



One String to rule them all – Update

Well, now that I started blogging again, I can’t stop 🙂

The next pattern I wanted to try with “One String to rule them all” is WaterFlow. While playing around, I discovered something that comes in very handy when shading with marker!

stylefile marker 316

I used the stylefile marker and applied 3 layers. You can see that each layer adds more pigment.

Then I discovered the colorless blender 🙂 Voila – we have highlights!


Just like I did with the previous tile, I filled each section of the string with one layer of the marker. Then I tangled over this. A few swipes with the colorless blender added the highlights and finally, I added layer 2 and 3 to darken the shaded areas.

At the same time, I discovered that WaterFlow looks great when applied in the round.


One String to rule them all

I have to apologize – With all the posts for pattern-collections.com I neglect my own blog quite a bit.

Today I took the time to capture progress pictures of my “One String to rule them all“. My goal is to create my own pattern library where I can explore each pattern in depth. Drawing a pattern once or twice doesn’t give a pattern enough credit. Every single pattern has so many possibilities and I just love playing with patterns.

I want to create a mono-tangle (using just one single pattern on a tile) while exploring how this pattern will perform when tangled as a ribbon, a filler, and in the round. What is happening when it is tangled on black background?

Here is my very first version of the ‘String to rule them all“.

One String 1

I used the outline of my pencil sharpener to get that nice round shape. It will be great to see how the pattern looks when drawn in the round. The drop shape will show me what I can do if I try to use the pattern as a filler. And finally, right across I drew a ribbon.

One String 2

With a thick marker, I outlined the shapes….

One String 3

… and used the nice fat brush tip from my Chameleon Alcohol Ink Pens to fill in the entire space in black. This was quickly done and the pen provides a nice black base where individual strokes cannot be seen. I like that – black tile with white spaces to tangle.

One String 4

Since I cannot locate the box that contains my precious Copic markers, I purchased a few cheap alcohol based markers. They are called ‘stylefile marker‘ and come in 124 colors. And yes, they are only available in Europe at the moment. This post is not about comparing markers though. I am sure that most brands perform in a similar fashion. I filled the various shapes in different colors. To ensure that I can still add shading later on, I used the lightest colors I had. On the drop shape, you can see what happens when you add a second layer of exactly the same pen. This means the more layers, the darker the shade. No need to buy 5 different shades of the same color, if you can achieve the same result by simply adding layer after layer! One mistake I made though .. I should have erased the string lines. Once covered with marker, the pencil line cannot be removed.

One String 5

Time to tangle! I pick Shattuck – a pattern that has so many different faces! It’s been the first pattern introduced in the Go-To Pattern Library. Shattuck in the round is fun. Just look what happens when everything ends in a single center point!

One String 6

Next came the ribbon with curved Shattuck. Yeah, pretty boring – for now!

One String 7

The drop shape .. well, I like that! Adding contrast with the stripes and by leaving a gap between the sections.

One String 8

Now comes the fun part: Shading – I hate spending forever on shading. When I am done tangling, I want to move on to the next tile. Shading with a marker is a lot quicker and very effective! First I outlined all lines where they meet at a right angle. Then I applied a second and third layer of the very same marker I used for the background. Instant shading in the correct color!

One String 9

Finally, I added a ribbon of Shattuck with a white Uni-ball Signo. To add some highlights, I smudged a bit of aquarelle white pencil and turned the empty round shape into a gem. And just to see how it would look, I added one stripe with the Derwent Graphik Line Painter. To me, that is still the best pen to use on black paper!

This string is pretty good for exploring a pattern, even though there is so much more that Shattuck is capable of!

I wish you all a Happy Inktober!


Tangling on …

It’s been a while since I blogged … my new life is keeping me busy. Homeschooling 3 kids, helping out with the Placencia Humane Society by fostering kittens and puppies, discovering a new country … the list goes on.

Today I felt that I needed to share my latest obsession with you. It all got started when I purchased Eni Oken’s new eBook “Echo Lines”. A quick glance was all it took to get me drawing!

One aspect I really like about Eni’s books is the detail. She takes the topic down to the bare bones and it explains in great detail. I won’t reveal too much about it … get your own copy 😉

Here is my very first attempt featuring Bubble Love.

Echolines Ina Sonnenmoser

I started off with the pattern and filled the background with Echo Lines.

My next tile I started by using Ketti as a frame. Added some Joki, and the rest just flowed out of my pen.

Echolines Ina Sonnenmoser 2

One of the pretty shapes I used to apply Echo Lines to was this Mooka.


You can see it appear all over the tile.

I also enjoyed adding S-Shapes with Echo Lines:


Of course I filled a couple of pages with ideas featuring Echo Lines. And as always, things just happen .. Like this pattern that I called Banana-Braid.

Banana-Braid by Ina Sonnenmoser

Many patterns feature these Echo Lines. If you want to get started with Echo Lines, pick some patterns from this list:

Once you get the hang of Echo Lines you will tangle without the need for a step-out. It is addictive! Very addictive!


Go-To Patterns continued …

As promised, here comes the sequel 🙂

This week I will analyse the different stages that tanglers go through.

  • Stage 1:

During this stage your Go-To patterns are normally the ones that you first learnt when you started tangling. They consist of only a few strokes. Depending on which book you picked up to learn more about tangling, website or Facebook group, your Go-To patterns will be different.

Here is a list of typical patterns that everyone should have under their belt before attempting to move to Stage 2: (click on the images for an enlarged view)

Please note: This section is NOT complete yet – I will add more patterns that according to our Facebook group members, fall into this section.

Now these are the patterns that are easy to draw, and quickly allow you to fill a section.

The next list of patterns requires more concentration – again, I am only halfway done. This blog post will grow as I find more time.


To be continued ……. AND updated!

Steampunk Flower

Well, I quickly have to share this with your before I am off to bed. Every night I do a bit of bedtime tangling. When this crazy flower appeared, I could not resist but draw the steps straight away.

Meet Steampunk Flower ..hehe..

Steampunk Flower by Ina SonnenmoserI haven’t shaded this yet … maybe I add color instead, but have a look at the ‘naked Steampunk Flower’

Steampunk Flower Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Sooo much fun 🙂

Have a great Easter!


Frames by Unknown

Jan Easter posted an interesting pattern today. I could not resist and have a play with it. Frames pattern - Original author unknown

Now this is great if you want to draw ONE frame only. However, if you intend to use it on a warped grid, you’ll get lost. So here is my revised version:

FramesTOO by Ina SonnenmoserYou start with a dot grid, but you mark the first 2 dots with an X.
Leave 4 dots and mark 2 dots with an X again.
The next row is just dots.
The following row you ignore 3 dots, mark 2 dots with X, ignore 4 dots, 2x X, ignore 4 dots and so on.


Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3

Before shading

Before shading



Now I need to draw this on a warped grid – I just cannot ignore a challenge 🙂