Wednesday, July 13, 2011

COCKLES 'N' MUSSELS - a new tangle!

'N' CLAMS, too! (I love seafood!)

You're probably familiar with the tangle 'Nzeppel. Cockles 'n' Mussels begins with a random version of 'Nzeppel and moves on from there. First, a few photos.

COCKLE SHELLS
© Oliver Dixon. Licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons license.
MUSSEL SHELLS
CLAM SHELLS
(photo from royalty free images at visualphotos.com)

Okay, here's the tangle Cockles 'n' Mussels!


In some cases you may want to subdivide a section to make more appropriate shapes. You may also want to trim a corner or an edge for the same purpose. See a few places under Mussels and Clams above. The lines on mussels and clams need to curve at the ends; they're almost more a series of diminishing ovals rather than just lines. Sometimes you'll have a very tiny section; think of it as sand and leave it alone. :-)

Here's a Zentangle tile with a few variations of Cockles 'n' Mussels, clams, and the random version of 'Nzeppel.

Lower left and right of center: Cockles 'n' Mussels. Top left: cockles.
Upper
right: clams, lower right: mussels and clams. Through center: random 'Nzeppel.

Here's a tile using Cockles 'n' Mussels among other tangles.

Tangles: Cockles 'n' Mussels, Gingham, Lotus Pods, Ninja Stars, Rick's Paradox

20 comments:

  1. Ooooh LOVE this one Margaret!! Especially the Clams and the Mussels variations.

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  2. These are great, Margaret! I love the simple line variation inside each 'unit'. Great tutorial, too. Thank you.

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  3. Love it, them! Looking forward to trying these...fun!

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  4. How adorable. Great tangle and cute pictures. Will be trying those this evening. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this pattern.

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  6. Wow... you're so talented!!! I just started with zentangle this week, and it's so relaxing and so fun! :)

    Great new pattern!

    Greetings, Saskia

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  7. Love your tangleations off Nzeppel! And isn't that drawing site wonderful? I was led to it some time ago and it never occurred to me to share it - duh! So glad your brain works better than mine, 'cause folks are gonna LOVE IT!

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  8. the photos and artworks are beautiful

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  9. I love these, Margaret! A really great tangleation, isn't it? I have just learned to love Nzeppel so this will be a nice addition to my repertoire. Thanks!

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  10. Linda used this in today "Tangle Patterns" email blast as you may know. WOW! That's all I can say. I love it and will definitely be using it VERY soon. Love how it pairs up so well with Paradox, also. N'Zeppel and Paradox are two of my most favorite tangles, so.....let the fun being! LOL

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  11. I love this pattern!! Can't wait to use it!

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  12. I love the pattern in the lower right corner on the last zentangle on the page. What design is it and do you give instructions?

    Thanks,
    Amy

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    1. Hi Amy,
      It's a beautiful pattern isn't it?! It's called Paradox - or Rick's Paradox. It was designed by Rick Roberts and the drawing instructions are in a Zentangle newsletter. You can also see them on this blog post I did about the tangle: http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com/2011/08/paradox-and-then-some-tutorial.html
      Have fun!

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  13. Thanks so much! Cockles and Mussels + Rick's Paradox + Golven will + one cool Zentangle.

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  14. thanks for sharing.

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  15. I love this one too, but I start with a random zig-zag type string,fill them in & THEN do the corner rounding/shading.It really is extremely meditative.My theory is that, to the brain, drawing so many repeat strokes at once must be akin to reciting a mantra? What do you all think?

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    1. The focus on repetitive mark-making is certainly meditative. That's part of the Zen of Zentangle. :)

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  16. Great tangle! Thank you for the instructions. Hope you're continuing to create; you're very talented.

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  17. I love that pattern - it makes happy by tangling, a bit like smelling the see. :-)

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  18. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

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