A while back I did a post showing a technique using some dots - and it was dubbed "tumbleweed" by several readers (I had mentioned tumbleweeds in my post). So, since it's a great name that works with the pattern AND I'm a very lazy pattern-namer, I've just gone with it.
I played around recently with putting this pattern into a grid - the dots in the original were a device to help randomise the pattern so they're not needed in the grid version, but you could try it that way if it works better for you :)
It's got a bit of a curvy "Steps" feel without the central line.
It's been a busy week - along with the usual running around for school and constant watering (we're going through a heat wave) two of my heart patterns have been featured on Tangle Patterns - always exciting (Linda does a brilliant job)! The patterns were posted during last years Valentine's Love Fest.....(haha)......the first two weeks in February I did a mass posting of heart patterns and drawings - so, so much fun but I pretty much totally exhausted all of my ideas for using hearts as a pattern base during this time. If you want to check it out and bask in a little extra Valentine's lovin' last years heart posts begin here.
O.k.....onwards........I haven't done any challenges in what seems like AGES! So, when I saw that this week's Square One FB group theme was to use the Zentangle pattern Well (one of my faves) I couldn't resist.
I kept it super simple and just stuck with a single big Well with some basic shading.
Some housekeeping: if you're an email subscriber and got my String Journal post yesterday, you probably noticed the big gap in the middle - there was meant to be a flip book in that space - I didn't realise that the link/image would not show up until I got the email in my own inbox this morning. So, if you missed out and want to check it out, go right to the post on the blog by clicking here.
I have my fingers x'd that this post actually gets to email followers today as all my subscribers have disappeared from Feedburner - this happens about twice a year for whatever reason and they're always back after a day or two - so hopefully it will all be as normal tomorrow.
You may know I have a bit of an obsession with drawing string.....so much that it was a feature chapter in my first e-book Flips, Folds, Ribbon and String.
I recently had a request for use of one of string designs as a business logo and it renewed my interest in the String Journal that I started ages ago. The object of this journal was to try and create a continuous string drawing across many pages and to experiment with different ideas. See the initial post here.
Since then I've added more pages and thought I would post the updated String Journal. Each double page of the flip book represents 4 pages (2 double page spreads) from my journal - (hopefully that makes sense). So the actual book has 21 pages of continuous string line :) O.k., now I've even confused myself......so moving on.........
Not everything lines up perfectly in the digital version, though I assure you it does in real life (wink).
For this drawing I just started in the middle of the page, and gave myself 3 rules to follow to keep me focussed and give the design some consistency (in a random kind of way):
- each "flower" shape would have four petals
- each "petal" would have seven lines
- each "petal" would join up as part of another flower
I also have one rule for you - you are not allowed to check whether I stuck to the rules.....hahaha!
A few drawing acrobatics were required - a number of petals needed to stretch a long way to reach another flower.
Half way through I decided I needed a shape to work to so that I would have some kind of end point..........so, it's a heart..........sort of.......with the rounded sides cut off by the edges of the paper (you will have to use your imagination).
Here's the finished drawing:
And, just in case you're interested, how it looked before I decided to fill in all the gaps with black marker:
Which do you prefer? Me?...........I'm leaning towards the black.
As always things have been crazy around here with the start of the school year and all the related running around that entails, John and I are doing an 8 session intro biodynamic course (one night a week) starting tonight. It's not too long until tomato preserving will begin in earnest - a late season this year due to the cool January weather we had. I can't wait to see all those juicy tomatoes, sauce and salsa bottles lined up on the shelves ready for winter.
I am also having a lot of fun getting to know my new camera - here's a couple of recent chicken pictures.