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Friday, October 1, 2010

My tangle pattern: Frairum

Once upon a picture dreary, while I tangled weak and weary,
Over many an overused pattern of forgotten lore
While I plodded, kind of tangling, suddenly there came a banging,
As of ideas gently slamming, slamming against my brainpan door.
“Fancy these up,” I muttered,’ “they’ll be better than before.”
Only this, and then repeat them more.

So--take any old pattern--say the daisy that probably every doodler in the world chooses as his/her first doodle. Add a dash for decoration, a circle, a slash. Make some dark, make some light. Keep adding more on 'til you've got a bunch. And hey! That old overused pattern looks kind of nice.

It's sort of like making goulash. There isn't much in the house, so you fancy up what you've got.


  1. Hi Molossus,

    I really love your blog – and your zendoodles. Being a newbie to zentangle ~ zendoodle it´s amazing to see your pictures. How could I describe what I mean??? They look so vivid and beam with joy…
    Inspired by your designs I googled 'how to draw celtic knots' (found this site http://www.entrelacs.net/) for better understanding how to weave them. It seems to be easy and complex at the same time – I will work on this too.

    Thank you very, very much for sharing your splendid art,


  2. I reallyyyyyyyy LUV this pattern!!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥

  3. Thank you both.

    Phine, I'm familiar with the entrlacs site. Here's another good one. http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/knots/index.htm

    I don't really enjoy the traditional method of doing interlace though. and don't really think it is zentangle friendly, because it requires too much pre-thought and drawing. I'm not sure my methods are a whole lot easier, but my goal is to come up with patterns that can learned and drawn in the same way as other zentangle patterns.

    The traditional methods are best though, if you want very precise interlace. But I think it's a seperate discipline from zentangling.

  4. "…and don't really think it is zentangle friendly, because it requires too much pre-thought and drawing."
    I agree! Celtic knots are a class of its own. Thanks for the link, I will have a look at that site. Less for zendoodling them than for the fun of weaving knots ;-).

    Hope your allergie is getting better,


  5. I love doodling flower.
    I'll try this!!