Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tangling a mermaid

Last weekend, I spent some time at a retreat at Camp Indianola on Puget Sound. A tangling opportunity presented itself in the form of a plywood blank in the shape of a mermaid. The nautical theme of the retreat and the mermaid outline got my imagination going. I decided to do a quick paint job on the plywood, which admittedly wasn't the smoothest "canvas" upon which to work, and then see what tangle patterns would suggest themselves. I only had limited pens available, so I worked with an Identipen for the majority of the project.

I tried for some patterns that suggested flowing hair and seaweed and some waves and foamy bubbles. I think it worked pretty well. I liked how the tangles just seemed to fit and grow into each other.

In the end, it was a fun experience. Next time I'd try it on a better surface with a pre-planned pen in mind to maximize the results. But here it is, warts and all, and I hope it gives you some ideas of your own. Actual size is about 24 inches in length.



If you are interested in learning the Zentangle® method of tangling, shoot me an email, and let's chat about it. Remember, "Anything is possible one stroke at a time."