Monday, December 26, 2016

Striping, with a twist


The Zentangle tangle Striping isn't simply any old stripes. It's a method of placing striped sections beside each other for interesting effects. Sandy Bartholomew, CZT, offers simple step-outs for Striping on her blog here. One key, of course, is the pencil string; it just doesn't have the same effect if the (guide)lines are in pen. Here is an example of striping, pure and simple, albeit in brown on a Renaissance tile.

In a home decor flyer a while ago, I noticed a vase with some twisted stripes. Here's the photo torn from the flyer, and the first tile I did trying this twisted effect.

You may want to start with the same 'S' shape you would use for Tidings.
Don't.
Instead, draw two lines, each with one droplet shape at the end, going in opposite directions. I'm using a five-sided string, but this can be done in a variety of shapes.

You want a white stripe immediately next to the 'line and droplet' so you need an ODD number of stripes going through the middle, between the lines. To ensure that, make a series of dots, an EVEN number of dots, between the lines.

Next, draw a series of Auras beside each line and around the droplet, passing through each dot. The width of the stripe around the end of the droplet can be wider than the stripes through the middle. Splay the lines out at the end away from the droplet. Extend the lines to the edge of your string.

Follow the curves of the lines you've drawn and add more lines. You can do this as I show below, by adding a line at each side, filling around the droplet with stripes, and adding stripes into the triangle point. OR, a simpler method is to fill the entire two sides with lines meeting in the corner near the droplet, as you would draw Munchin.

Making sure you leave the stripes beside the droplets white, fill alternate stripes black. Don't forget to shade it (I didn't, below.). And voilà!

In the tile below, I began with a 'leaky pen border' and did the twisted Striping in the center, adjusting it as it met the marks at the border.

It can be lovely in browns or in color, too. And no one said you're limited to one twist!
In the first tile below, I used - I think - five different brown pens plus white, and three or four brown colored pencils.
The second began with an orange paint spill. Then I used yellow, orange, red, brown, and sepia pens and three or four colored pencils.

Here is some twisted Striping along with other bold black-and white tangles:
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bunzo, Striping with a twist, Moving Day, Pearlz, Zonked
Have fun!

22 comments:

  1. wicked! the brown and orange version remind me of pulled taffy. yummy design!

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    1. It does have a butterscotch-y look, doesn't it?!

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  2. I am in love with this entire page Margaret!!!!!!

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  3. So beautiful! It's like a remix of Sand Swirl and Striping. :D

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  4. Oh Margaret, this post is so stunning, thank you for that inspitation! I am going to start it just TODAY!
    My favourite is the tile with the "leaky pen" border, and the last three are just amazingly deep!

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    1. I think, if I had to choose, that one would be my favourite too.

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  5. Oh Margaret, this is just stunning! Thank you for posting the tutorial! I'm grabbing my sketchbook now! (I should be sleeping...)😏

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  6. Thank you very much for sharing Margaret, I really look forward to trying this out!

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  7. Thank´s for sharing this process! It is very helpful! :)

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  9. Looks challenging and fun. Two reasons to try it. Thanks again, Margaret and again and again...

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  10. Wonderful, Margaret! Can't wait to try this!

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  11. Thanks for the lesson. I'm knocked out by this series. Striping on Steroids!!!

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  12. Fabulous instructions! Thank you for sharing!!

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  13. Love all your works. Great job!

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  14. Only you could come up with this, Margaret! Thank you, it's such a treat!

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  15. Can't wait to try. I remember the flyer post. So clever of you to bring it to the next level, and then some. Thank you for all your inspiring work!

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  16. This is amazing Margaret! Love it! It almost seems like it should be its own tangle! Can hardly wait to play with it. Every tile is so Unique... they aerial all my favourites!

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  17. Margaret, your brilliance with tangles always amazes me. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all.

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  18. Hello Margaret, many thanks for showing us this wonderful striping art :-) I tried it and I really loved to do this! Thanks a lot and greetings from germany, Sandra

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