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Monday, February 25, 2013

Tangle Heart

I was recently appreciating a photo that my friend, Nancy Sampson had taken on her trip to Italy. (Some of you know her as having worked at Zentangle for many years until her retirement recently.)

 
She was especially proud of this photo and she knew I would love it. I framed it and it hangs in my studio. The architecture is so unique and eye-catching that I thought we'd "do" something with it.

This image had too much potential (and wonderful history) not to use it. I did not see it as a tangle per se, but as an exploration of wrapping tangles, border-like, over uneven surfaces. You will notice some shared tangle-DNA with static, particularly in its shading.

In this exercise, you start with random parallel lines indicating inner and outer folds or curves, add in the banding (in wide aura style, resonant with static). Then, enhance those bands (or not) with tangles you already know and love.


 
That banding, much like the triangles in tripoli, function string-like to create further sections within which to tangle.



 
You can tell I had way too much fun with this. Can you imagine the possibilities???



 
I am sure there are near countless other "tangle within tangle" possibilities, such as quandary, florz, cadent, hollibaugh, etc. that further come to life as the strokes of the primary tangle function as strings to create secondary sections to tangle.

Any ideas to add to this?

As usual, I will draw a name from the comments section and give away a tile. Please be aware I can only award one to you if I can contact you! So if your comments register as anonymous, write your email address somewhere in your comment. I will then contact you for your address.

Thanks.
-maria

Rick adds:
My favorite "tangle within a tangle" is shattuck inside wide sections of hollibaugh.

Also, notice in Nancy's photograph to the right of that main pillar how that pattern looks like a two dimensional knightsbridge. However, as you look further down, your realize it is actually a three dimensional "wrapping" of alternating black and white bands across static-like hills and valleys.

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49 comments:

Angela Werner said...

Magnificent photo and wonderful drawings!

Cindylou said...

Beautiful. I still struggle with even spacing, but this looks like a good practice piece.

Mary said...

What a beautiful photo! I love your drawings!

Chrissie said...

Beautiful photo from Italy and wonderfully inspiring tiles. Some of them look like curtains with folds.

Kathy Shabowski said...

This photo is absolutely gorgeous. I see so many possibilities in it. I am particularly intrigued by the the last tile and the tangles within the tangle. I love the tangle-DNA term Maria used, it made me smile.

Nancy should be proud of this photo and I can surely see why you love it too!

Shelly Beauch said...

Another irresistible idea! Printemps inside purk is fun so is meer in side enlarged tripoli.

BarbaraW said...

The photo is like a real life zentangle. Your interpretation tangles blow my mind. Fabulous!

Vicki said...

So beautiful, what a cool rendition.

Randell said...

Beautiful tangle, makes me feel like I am in Europe!

ptrish40 said...

These are truly delightful! I'm always inspired when I visit your blog!

Angie Gamble said...

Nancy's photo is so beautiful! I love how you banded the parallel lines and used them as strings. So many possibilities to explore! Thank you both for your wonderful insights!

CathWi said...

Wow! That is a photo to be proud of! Your use of it as a springboard to tangling ideas is so mind-expanding. Thanks for once again showing how to go beyond - I can't wait to see what comes from my micron :)

ylrbmk said...

Beautiful art! I'm in awe.

Vickie said...

I like this. I often pick patterns from photographs to replicate. I love how you filled the pattern!

Sharon Minigh said...

I am just now finding Zentangle through our Art teacher at work. I have felt the desire to start drawing again and your processes make it so approachable. I have been "tangling" on scraps of paper all day. I love this picture and the resulting process. Thank you!

Francie said...

A beautiful photo and the inspiration in your tiles!

Marcia said...

I love drawings done in perspective. What a great real life inspiration for these tangles and more.

Anonymous said...

Love the photo, but how you translated that to your tiles is just amazingly creative and beautiful! Thank you both for this absolutely wonderful, beautiful and fun artform!! Can't wait to try tangles within tangles...
Marty Deckel, CZT#10
Mdeckel2@gmail.com

babdu said...

Ah yes -- tangle in a tangle...so many wonderful possibilities. While I'm a bit of a tangle collector (ok a big one) I do have my "go to" tangles and love to mix them up. Thanks for the post
Bette Abdu

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Precious Worker said...

Thanks so much maria for passing on your inspirations and creativity. Its very catching and motivating and now I cant wait to explore this concept!!

Emily Classon said...

Beautiful! I love this technique and can't wait to try it.

I think it should be called Speedbumps.

BethB said...
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Mrs Wibbs said...

Ooooooh!!
I love it love it LOOOOVE IT!!
Quite magnificent, can't wait to play!
Can you tell I like it?!!
As for a name.... How about "Bandangle"...? With the action of using the technique called "bandangling"...?
Echoes the term Zentangle, and is a clue to how the technique comes together (using bands).
My thoughts, anyway :)

Bonnie McLain said...

I LOVE your energy that is represented in your "love on paper" and all that you share with the world. A great inspiration in all ways... and much love and thanks for all that you give everyone of us.

Love, Light and Peace....Bonnie

BethB said...

The pattern is so intriguing, and your tiles, so ingenious and beautiful. I love Mrs. Wibbs' idea... Bandangle. The pattern also reminds me of a competitive event called pole-bending. It's for horses and dogs and entails weaving in and out between very closely placed poles... so my suggestion is "Polben".

Thank you so much for all you share with us,

BethB (Elizabeth Beveridge on FB)
h.character@gmail.com

crotnem said...

Romans would be a great name! It reminds me of the old roman style buildings!!!

Cheryl R

Susan Falkler said...

Every time Maria takes these tangles and incorporates them into tiles with other tangles, I am in absolute awe. This one in particular. The way the lines and shading pop out into the 3 dimensional look is amazing. Isn't it wonderful that much beauty can fit on such a small space.

tangle on and on....... said...

I fell in love with this idea immediately...this may not be very original but I called it inz 'n outs

Rae McCurdy said...

This technique is very interesting, I am looking forward to trying it tonight, when I crawl down in my oh so comfy chair!!

laughingorchidstudio.com said...

This is beautiful! It reminds me of beautifully woven carpets lying over things or draped and hanging on walls.
This technique deserves the name' majek kaput', each time it is laid down it looks different, always stunning and magical.

Gloria said...

These are so much fun and have so many possibilities. How about "Bandoozle." gloria@gloriajzucaro.com

Penny Nantell said...

Great tangle reminds me of a Loom so how about the name Loom for this tangle. Love it and lots of possibilities.

Libby Gilpatric said...

COUCHING - in sewing, when you apply a cord or piece of fabric to another by hand stitching over the top of the cord to the fabric underneath. If well done, it would look like your Italian columns and your inspired design!

Sue Clark said...

Maria, I love this new technique! Thank you so much for continuing to teach us new methods to use in our zentangle creations! My name suggestion would be "Nancy's Italiano" (like Rick's paradox, Kathy's dilemma, Maria's zinger).

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Mary Ellen said...

Love it! I think you should call it pop or popping because it really makes the tangle POP out at you! Can't wait to practice!

Esther Joy said...

I have suggested this elsewhere, but my idea for this method would be "Inception" since it is a tangle within a tangle. (A nod to the "dream within a dream" concept from the Inception movie.) Looks like fun, can't wait to practice this! :D

Paula (PEP) said...

Researching this architecture & reading your post I came up with Siena Wrap as the name. I certainly had fun with the research & my husband was reminded of John Ruskin's explorations of Siena Cathedral.
Paula (PEP)

Zentangle said...

YES! Paula , this image is from Siena. I sometimes wondered what the rest of the place looked like and never thought of looking online to find out. . . .duh. . . .
thanks.
maria

Tinkered Art said...

So fun to us - suggested names

Add "f" to Latin for undulate - Fundulatus or alternate spelling Fundulattice

Crimpling - as it adds such a neat wrinkle to any Zentangle

Scrunch or Pleating

Flyover

Merry-Go-Round said...

Lovely image, great technique!! As for me my vote goes to Mrs. Wibbs' Bandangle > band + ANGLE (a lot of those too!!) + the echo of Zentangle, all together. And Nancy should have all the credits for her discovery, so: Nancy's Bandangle!!

Esther Piszczek said...

Brilliant. Beautiful.

Sue said...

Lov your tangles ordered pic it is beautiful,will I receive download of patterns.would love to meet you

Joy Dolan said...

A beautiful interpretation!.......I spent a good hour looking at all the fantastic images of the Siena Cathedral...your friends shot was awesome.......how about calling it Siena Scroll? Another name I thought of was Siena Choir, because the "poles" remind me of pipes on a church organ. In any case, thanks to you once again for all your inspiration. Joy

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Styx and Stones said...

I almost forgot about this entry.... Is there a name for this tangle or are we think of this as a string? I say let name it... I want to teach this one like crazy...
What about Z' Timpal?

Anonymous said...

Not sure if this has been named yet, but to me it looks like the tangle patterns have been shrink-wrapped onto the poles, so maybe "shrink-wrap" or a similar name. This kind of applies to the technique more than the pattern... Hmmm... "Wrap" or "warp" for the "pattern" and "shrinkwrap" or "shrinkwarp" for the technique.