Friday, January 29, 2010

Tangle of the Week - Punch

Here's one of my own designs that will be in "the book." (Seems like some ominous music should play when those words are said...)

I like Punch because it looks super messy and some of my students start to panic (ye of little faith) and then, once you color in the black part, everything takes shape and makes sense. Kind of like life, eh?

The key to making it look 3-D is to put a little arc of pencil shading under the top edge of each circle. The idea for this Tangle comes from our visits to the Boston Childrens Museum. They had (have?) a Recycling Center with long strips of colored mylar ribbon that had been punched with circles to make confetti. It's cool stuff. So you can "lay" the punched ribbon over any Zentangle pattern, but I've found that the bigger and busier the pattern, the better it looks.

The slightly messy part on the right? I was experimenting to see if I could make it look like glass blobs were sitting on the flowers. I added a little highlight and a shadow, but I don't think it works very well on the black background. It needs a bit of shadow under the blob too and it won't show up on black. Ah well. That's the point isn't it? Experiment!


  1. Sandy

    I really like this tangle. It's just what I need for my latest Zentangle that I am working on. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Thanks! I used this one yesterday over hearts for a Valentines themed tangle. It looks great!

  3. Sandy,
    This one may become my new favorite. LOVE IT! I am going to try it out tonight!!! I'll let you know how it goes!

  4. Tip for anyone wanting to try this: Make sure your punch holes are quite large. Mine were too tiny and it looked like a jumbled mess. I love the tangle, though and will try again!

  5. Mel, I also found that I should have drawn my punch holes with a coarser pen, so the original circle didn't get lost. It looks like beads though, and I like that!



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