A New Step Out...
A few weeks ago, my Wednesday's Words of Wisdom featured a tile that I completed featuring circular shapes filled with lines. The idea for the pattern came from something I saw on the front of a greeting card.
I've tangled it many times since, and it has happily grown into a pattern. I'll explain more below, but first, here are the step outs ~
In a recent class, when I mentioned that our daughter Catherine was newly engaged, one of my students asked if I had a pattern named for my future son-in-law.
Since I'd already been tossing the idea of these little O's around, it seemed only natural to develop it into a tangle and name it after Catherine's beloved, Oswald.
Here is a picture of the happy couple ~
|The future Mr. and Mrs. Perkins|
A few notes about the step out:
*I consider this a tangle even though the first steps are done with a pencil. If you think of the penciled orbs as string lines, then this fits the definition of a tangle :)
*The size of the circles and the thickness of each channel vary to add interest.
*Notice that the word "orb" is used.
It is a good idea not to get caught up in trying to draw circles. Yes, you will pencil in rounded shapes, but even when you add the detail lines, they will change a bit. As with all tangling, the end result is very much the sum of all of its parts.
*The initial pencil lines, true to string lines, blend into the shading and are not noticeable in the finished tile.
*There are examples of shading the outside and inside of each circle. You can also shade both as I did in the Renaissance example above.
This same idea that I've used with circles can be applied to most any basic shape and work well - triangles, ovals, rectangles, hearts, etc.
Some additional variations to consider: add sparkle, curve the lines, make the inside circles a bit off center.
I do hope you enjoy exploring the possibilities O provides.