Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pauline's Pigtail: A Pattern for a Princess

I am in love with this little girl - our granddaughter Pauline.  She is a princess, plain and simple.  She is sweet and loving, a wonderful big sister, and as pretty as the day is long.  (Do I sound like a proud Gramma?!)  The first time I ever put her hair up in pigtails, this is what they looked like:  
Just look at those pudgy cheeks, the sweet curve of her ear, the chubby little hand, and that pigtail!!  That pigtail so captivated me that I came up with a pattern to mimic the movement and
sweetness of it. 
At first I called the tangle Pauline's Ponytail - but my girls reminded me that a ponytail is singular, and so the name changed to Pauline's Pigtail.  Here is the step out:
It is a very simple design and uses one only one elemental stroke - a curved line.  I suggest in the step out to layer in Hollibaugh fashion, but you can create the tangle without any lines crossing or tucking under and it still looks nice. 
This is the first tile I drew using Pauline's Pigtail:

And this is the latest one I completed:
It's a monotangle on the new "Renaissance" tiles from Zentangle®.  I used both brown and black Micron 01 pens, white gel pen, and a white charcoal pencil to shade.

This post is a bit of a birthday present for Pauline because she turns four this week - what a big girl! 
Happy Birthday, Princess Pauline.  I love you.

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  1. Wow .. Adorable! The design, the inspiration!

  2. Too sweet! I too have a four year old grand daughter! Nola Grace. Her pig tails are about the same size I cant wait to use this tangle and make her a picture and tell her the story behind it. Nola tangles with me! I will send you a pic of one her tangles.

  3. This is cute. And SHE is REALLY CUTE!
    A pigtail is actually a braid, done so tightly that it curls a bit. I think ponytail is fine. (Pigtail is also singular, so from that point of view it doesn't matter.)

  4. Adele, your granddaughter is sooo adorable!! And your new pattern will surely show up in one of my next zentangles, it's great!

  5. I love this so much and can't wait to use it on a zendala! I'll include you in my post.