No, that’s not a typo in my title (although I don’t know how to put the accent mark on the ‘a’).
I’ve been tangling a little differently the past couple of weeks – practicing monotangles instead of multiples. Monotangle simply means I cover the entire tile with one pattern, either repeating a pattern in small multiples or using the entire tile to make a pattern once.
That explains ‘Mono“.
Where’s the ‘Mano‘ come in?
The phrase ‘mano a mano’ has several interpretations. I’ve heard it commonly used to mean going at someone (literally or figuratively), for example a fistfight or boxing match.
Sometimes I feel as if I’m boxing with the pattern, and the pattern is winning!
On the plus side, I’ve progressed ‘some‘ with shading the tiles – at least with my confidence in shading them – and I’ve accepted that I’m not going to make mistake-free tangles. Hugely freeing! I felt more relaxed and less judgmental with this series than with previous practice, and I’ve gotten over my reluctance to post them.
After all, my blog is partly a legacy to Sparks and Raqi who will have many questions years from now about who Mima and Papa were when we weren’t in grandparent mode. If I leave footprints of our lives, they won’t have as many unanswered questions as I do about my long-gone grandparents.
These first two tangles are variations on Hi-C. The first one is Hi-C done once in the entire tile, and the second is a quarter of Hi-C tangled repeatedly. This is one of my favorite patterns to draw. I’ll probably forget and post subsequent Hi-C’s!
The next one is called Umble. It’s my first attempt, and I like it enough that I’ll record the step-outs in my Tangle Journal. Step-outs are the sequential drawing steps provided by the Tangler who designed and named the tangle.
Following are three new-to-me patterns, and one I’ve used but not as a monotangle. I’m frustrated with both the brown paper and brown Micron pens. The pages of the Strathmore Toned Tan journal have an almost slick finish, making it difficult for the ink to ‘grab’. I don’t think the official Zentangle tan tiles are significantly more user-friendly, and they are quite expensive compared to journals. The brown pens kept drying out as they touched the paper, making Ixorus especially hard to draw. I returned to black ink for the others.
Romancy – the tangle below is my favorite in this series because the Tangler designed this from the black and white Moors-originated columns she saw in European cathedrals. Hub and I were quite taken with the variations and history of cathedral columns, and my heart always quickens with good memories when I see a photo that includes columns I can now identify. This tangle provides an opportunity for many variations as well as practice with shading and dimension. I’ll be using this one again!
JayBarz is a recently introduced tangle. It was a lot of fun to create. I’ll be trying more variations with this.
Thanks for taking a peek!