Bales happens to be one of my all time favorite tangles. It is one of the first patterns that Maria Thomas published and it is a Zentangle® classic.
Always one of the tangles I include when teaching my Zentangle Basic classes, I find it challenging to teach Bales in its basic form because it holds a world of possibilities that beg for expression.
Since Bales is one of the tangles used in this week's "It's a String Thing" challenge (Click here for all of the delightful details), I thought I'd have some fun with it.
I drew up a page of sixteen Bijou sized grids and set out to fill each section with a different tangleation of Bales. Once started, I found that before I finished one, an idea for the next was already at the tip of my pen.
These are all very basic versions of the pattern, nothing too fancy. I did not include shading in my Tips. That would fill up a few more pages - all for another day...
Try the exercise for yourself - if not with Bales then with one of your favorite tangles.
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