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!


Go-To Patterns

Everyone has favorite patterns – so called Go-To Patterns. You probably think that you only have a handful of those patterns. I got news for you! You probably have 30-40 of those stored in your head, waiting for the right string to apply them to.

What makes a good Go-To pattern and why do we use them over and over?

Go-To Patterns are:

  • easy to remember
  • a few strokes give great results
  • they are the obvious choice for a specific area
  • they give you true relaxation, because there is no pressure
  • they flow easily from pen to paper

Here is the string I provided our Tangle It Pattern Club Facebook group. I asked the members to use their favorite Go-To Patterns.

My string #18

I asked the members of our Facebook group Tangle It! Pattern Club to tangle a simple string, using only their go-to patterns – patterns that they know off by heart – patterns, where they don’t need to look at step outs any more.

Artwork by Lori Whitley

Lori Whitley used Printemps, Cubine, Tipple, Arukas, Well and Shattuck.

Artwork by Jane Nichols

Some of Jane Nicols’ go to patterns: N Zeppel, Pokeroot, Meer, and Diva Dance

Artwork by Sandy Moore

Sandy Moore used Printemps

Artwork by Sandra Strait

Sandra Strait did her tile with N’Zeppel, HiRise, Bales, and Flukes.

Artwork by Shelby Lazeren

Shelby Lazeren made this for her brother.

Artwork by Ruth Veler Gale O'Neil

Ruth Veler Gale O’Neil writes: I enjoyed this! Rick’s paradox is definitely my favorite….so versatile. Scrolled feather is one of my favorite “ropes.” I wish I knew the names of the others.

Artwork by Lynne McGee

Some of Lynne McGee’s Go-To Patterns: Cubine, Emingle, Ahh, Bunzo, Angel Fish, Bubbles, Chillon, and a variation of Panthe.

Artwork by Hilary Holding Merola

Hilary Holding Merola used Fife, Flux, Minline, Bala, Aquafleur, Shard and Paradox.

Artwork by Agneta Landegren

Agneta Landegren writes: Here are some of my favorite go-to tangles, Paradox, Huggins, Hollibaugh, Onomato, La Bel and Sand Swirl.

Jane Diller Gladwell‎ writes:  Some of my "go-to" tangles...Navaho, Intwine, Molygon, Printemps, and CO2. Added some color, kinda wished I wouldn't have...oh, well, a learning experience.

Jane Diller Gladwell‎ writes: Some of my “go-to” tangles…Navaho, Intwine, Molygon, Printemps, and CO2. Added some color, kinda wished I wouldn’t have…oh, well, a learning experience.

DrShazia Azmi

DrShazia Azmi

Lisa Wick McLean used Static, Rick's Paradox, Crescent Moon, Cadent and Meer.

Lisa Wick McLean used Static, Rick’s Paradox, Crescent Moon, Cadent and Meer.

I actually got one done! I have been coloring so much lately I needed this push to tangle. These are some of my go to's: Betweed, Bunzo, Cadent, Mussels & Cockles, and I can't remember the other two. fun string! Elspeth Allen

I actually got one done! I have been coloring so much lately I needed this push to tangle. These are some of my go to’s: Betweed, Bunzo, Cadent, Mussels & Cockles, and I can’t remember the other two. fun string!         Elspeth Allen

Zen Tangling Debra Huff: I have trouble limiting my go to tangles because I have favorites for different purposes. Use this however you like.  Sanibelle, phroze, pug, Yuma, crescent moon, frost flower, roscoe, abundies.

Zen Tangling Debra Huff: I have trouble limiting my go to tangles because I have favorites for different purposes. Use this however you like.
Sanibelle, phroze, pug, Yuma, crescent moon, frost flower, roscoe, abundies.


As you can see, the string is the same. Maybe some of the patterns are the same, but the results are all different. And everyone agreed, that this was fun. And that is all that matters!

Before I compile a list of the most used Go-To Patterns, I will start another exercise with more different strings.

String 25

My next blog will feature again the different tiles from our members. I am looking forward to the results!

Tangling Tips

I spend nearly all weekend flat on the sofa because I hurt my back.  Good news is, I had lots of time for Facebook and browsing the internet. I managed to tangle quite a few tiles too.  This spare time resulted in me preparing a new blog post.

So here we go – I hope I can spark some inspiration 🙂String tangling tips Part 1

String tangling tips Part 2

And here is my tile in big. The original is 3,5″ by 3,5″ – it looks HUGE on screen 😉

String 61 Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Have a wonderful week!

ZenGreetings, Ina

Tweety and TweetyTOO

After my friend Alice posted some artwork featuring the pattern Tweety by mollossus (Sandra Strait), I had to look it up.

Sandra came up with this pattern in 2010 already. Check out her blog http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-tangle-pattern-tweety.html. She has designed many beautiful patterns in her Flickr Album . I am a big fan!

While redrawing the steps in Ina style, I came up with a nice tangleation.
Here is the original:Tweety 1And here is TweetyTOO – a tangleation of the original pattern:TweetyTOO 1

You will definitely be seeing this pattern pop up on a regular basis in my artwork!

Thank you Sandra, for the inspiration and allowing me to share your pattern in our Tangle It! Pattern Club.

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.