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.

New pattern: Log Cabin

Now that we have successfully published our 4th book, it is time to continue with my original project: 501 Tangle Pattern Step Outs

I started the book a couple of months ago and then decided to do a ‘quick project’ with Alice and Simona: Tangle It! Journal. I learnt so much during this project. It completely changed the way I approach my new book.

The book will contain approximately 250 patterns from various artists and 250 step by step instructions of the patterns I drew. Plus lots and lots of artwork to see all those patterns in action!

It is a huge project, but now that I have mastered the Tangle It! Planner with 274 pages, I feel confident that 450 pages will be possible!

To celebrate “Back to Work” I will give you a teaser: The new pattern Log Cabin

A friend of mine gave me a quilt many years ago. It was a baby blanket for the baby that is now looking down at me. Checking various sites, I could not identify anyone that had prepared step outs for this pattern before. So here it is:

Log Cabin Pattern by Ina Sonnenmoser

Oh, the possibilities! Let me show you the artwork in detail:

Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser featuring Log Cabin Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser featuring Log Cabin

Stay tuned for more news on the development of the book!

ZenHugs

Ina

New Tangle Pattern – Nulink

With last weeks excitement (the release of Tangle It! Journal Vol.1), I really missed out sharing another one of my new patterns.

To make up for it, I am going to publish 2 new patterns this week!

Nulink Pattern 1

Nulink is suited wonderfully to divide string lines or to create a border. The pattern can be stretched in all directions. Instead of starting off with parallel lines, try a V-shape. This adds dimension to any artwork.

Shading – oh my gosh – there are so many possibilities! Please don’t be shy when it comes to adding shadow. Add layer after layer, stand back and look at your artwork again. Closeup it may seem too dark, but holding it at arms length will show you that in this case, more is better!

If you would like to learn more about shading, I can highly recommend the publications by Eni Oken.

Shading Fearlessly is available as a .pdf download and nowadays in print as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!

ZenHugs
Ina

Diva Challenge # 231

Normally I don’t find the time to participate in challenges. However, this clean, new office of mine is not exactly inspirational 😉 I just had to sit down and draw something.

Whilst browsing I came across the Diva Challenge and thought: “Why not?” The simple challenge “The Undulating Tangles in C and S minor” was exactly what I needed.

Diva Challenge 231

Only after I finished shading with pencil did I feel that a bit of colour would add interest. Bad idea! The yellow and orange Polychromos look dirty. Next time I will erase the shadow first and then colour.
Important is, my office reflects ‘creative untidyness’ – so much better to work in 😉 The challenge was fun I will make a point to check every Monday to see what new challenge awaits me.