Sunday, 30 December 2012

Zentangles–My First Pattern: Y-Ful Power

I have just designed my first zentangle pattern! My iPod cover is decorated with an attractive pattern based on a Y shape, and I’ve scratched my head over this, trying to work out how it is generated, but without success.

This pattern, with variations, crops up quite frequently if you keep your eyes open, and I think it makes an excellent fill. I recently came across this:

http://pinterest.com/pin/252131279110356326/

which is a somewhat simpler version of the interlocking Y shape, and I thought I might be able to deconstruct it, which I have now done, and I have called it “Y-Ful Power” which is a pun on “Eiffel Tower” and also includes the letter “Y”, being a trefoil design. (I have now edited this step-out, to remove the need to erase any construction grid once the pattern is finished.)

86a Y-Ful Power Step-Out Ed 72 dpi

Here are some variations on the theme.

87 Y-Ful Power Variations 72 dpi

I love the three-dimensional nature of this pattern, which is emphasised by the shading. It will be a useful fill, and lends itself well to many variations and opportunities for further embellishment. Enjoy!

49 comments:

  1. What a nifty pattern Shoshi! I'll give it a go.
    judy

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    1. I'm trying this one, for sure. I love it!

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    2. Thank you, Anonymous! Have fun with it, and share with us what you do.

      Shoshi

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  2. Wonderful designs! A new path to go down - blog tutorials?! Have a lovely and peaceful New Year!

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours Shoshi...apologies for not popping over sooner. No excuse just crazy times ;D
    Anyway loved your design and it's something that I've never thought or looked into. I usually just let the line go for a walk and see where it leads...
    Maybe I should be giving this a lot more thought into the new year!??!

    Have a wonderful time ~ Good Luck for 2013.
    May it be the best creatively productive year yet!!! :D

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  4. Hi Shoshi,

    This is so interesting, and very appealing indeed. I say interesting because you've shared your thinking process, nutting out how you might take one pattern and create something for your own purpose. And what an eye-full it is. Well done - can you stand the silly pun?

    All the very best for the New Year. I hope that 2013 treats you well in every way.
    A year of smiles,
    Ros.

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  5. Super cool! I like the way you played with that pattern! Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog. Happy New Year to you!

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  6. Goodness, Shoshi; you HAVE been busy! Trust you have had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus. May 2013 be a really special year for you.
    We are coming down your way to S Devon in a couple of weeks. Hope to go to Westpoint for the craft4crafters show whilst in your area!! Just can't resist a craft show opportunity.
    Margaret

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  7. Hi Shoshi,
    This is a particularly attractive tangle. And it doesn't even look all that hard to render now that you've deconstructed it for us. I am going to try it right away. And if it turns out ok, I'll comment again with a copy of your site will allow that. Or at least lead you to where I posted it.

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    1. Hi Linda, I tried to leave a comment on your blog last night and again this morning but no success I'm afraid - something's obviously not working right! Hope you pop back to read this. I love your new tangle and am very keen to try it. Thanks for your lovely comment and I'm glad you like Y-Ful Power. Hope you enjoy doing it, and I would really love to see what you come up with! I'll try again later to comment on your blog.

      Shoshi

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  8. Shoshi! Can't wait to try this one... very cool!

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  9. Gorgeous! I've always liked the tangles Y-Not and Mi2. Will definitely give this a try soon. Thanks!

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  10. This looks like a very adaptable pattern. Thanks Shoshi! Exactly what I needed to get me going on a new drawing!

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  11. It's a lovely and dynamic tangle. I anticipate much pleasure in using it with my art. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. I tried to leave a reply on your blog but couldn't get any further than your profile, I'm afraid, Suayres. Thank you for a lovely comment, and I'd really like to see what you do with my new tangle! Have fun with it.

      Shoshi

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  12. Brill'! I love this type of pattern: kinda linked and in and out, under and over.... like Celtic knots, Mi2, Huggins and so on.
    Thanks for sharing. :@) Fi

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    1. Ditto my reply to Suayres, FiBee - couldn't get into your blog to reply to you. Thanks for your lovely comment. I agree with you - I am particularly partial to the woven-style tangles. Mi2 and Huggins are particular favourites of mine, too! Enjoy it, and do share what you do with it.

      Shoshi

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  13. Nicely done! I have a picture on my phone of a building with metal siding that looks like this but I could not figure out how to deconstruct it. You did a beautiful job and we now have a y-ful powerful tangle! Thank you.

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  14. Love this tangle!! Thanks!!

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    1. Glad you like it, Melanye. Show us what you do with it!!

      Shoshi

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  15. I love it, looks like lots of fun!!

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  16. I love this pattern and am about to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Anonymous. I'd so like to see what you do with it!

      Shoshi

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  17. Hello Shoshi,
    Just got the link from Linda Farmer. You 've done a great job, this is a masterpiece! I will definitely use it in my next tile/zia.
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anneke

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    1. Hi Anneke, thanks! So glad you like it. Do share with us what you do with it.

      Shoshi

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  18. Thanks for sharing Shoshi!! I am so glad to have found your blog!!
    Peace & Prayers to you & yours in 2013 and more!
    ~Tangle On!!

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing this, Shoshi! It was my first go at a Zentangle and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although not perfect, you can definitely see the 3D quality of my drawing. My husband was impressed - he thought it was a rubber stamp!

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  20. Shoshi - love the tangle - can't wait to use it and share it. I'm certain this one will be another one of
    my faves! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment, Sherri. Tried to leave a comment on your blog but it doesn't seem to be active. Glad you like my tangle - I'd love to see what you do with it.

      Shoshi

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  21. Shoshi - love the tangle - can't wait to use it and share it. I'm certain this one will be another one of
    my faves! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Thanks Shoshi, I love your style and this fabulous tangle!

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  23. Greeting from the United Arab Emirates! I just added this to my Zentangle pattern dictionary. You are a true artist!
    Mashallah (ماشاءالله) (a phrase we use to show delight at something wonderful or beautiful!)

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  24. Thanks for sharing this interesting pattern - as you say it does sort of pop up all over the place as do others when you look around you

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  25. Ooo, I think I might have a new favorite tangle!

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  26. Love this pattern! Can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  27. Very nice new tangle, which reminds me of one of my favorite leather stamps. I had not previously thought of the leather stamps as tangle patterns, but once you get those "zentangle eyes", everything starts to look like a pattern! Thank you for providing the steps!

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  28. I love this design so much and I can't wait to try it out!

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  29. Fantastic tangle....love it!!!

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  30. Hello Shoshi, I have been a 'tangler' for just over a year and I love it. I too suffer from ME (diagnosed 8 years ago) but I find tangling very 'calming' ! I live in far north Queensland in Australia altho' I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. I have also been a calligrapher for the last thirty five years, but tangling for me is a form of meditation ! Love your patter!

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  31. I have just begun tangling and this one is awesome. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites to go to. Thank you so much Shoshi!

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  32. Thank you Deb - I'm afraid I can't seem to access your blog from your blogger profile so I hope you'll return here to see this. So glad you like this tangle pattern and I hope you have fun with it. Do a google search for it and you'll see some absolutely awesome stuff that other people have done with it! I feel very humble and privileged to have started something so awesome! Happy tangling,
    Shoshi

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  33. Hi Shoshi, I found you through Tangles.com as I was completely drawn (pardon the pun) to your design. So glad you've done a fab step by step as I'm a complete beginner but totally hooked. Funny that you live in Devon as my family are all based in Okehampton so I'll be heading that way in January for my Mums birthday. Anyway, thanks again for sharing, and Merry Christmas! Suz xxx

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  34. Hi Shoshi, just visited your blog to see the how-to steps of Y-ful and saw you are promoting my YouTube Channel with my how-to video's. How kind of you: THANK YOU! Greetz, Ellen Wolters

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  35. Hi Shoshi, I love your website and artwork. I am writing my fourth book at the moment and I am a UK CZT and would love to include you in my book especially because you come from Devon! I love to do your STep-out of Y Full Power in the book - of course mentioning your name and blog. Maybe you would like to do a project if you had the time - though it is late in the day and `i would need something in the next 3 weeks. Let me know what you think. janemarbaix@mac.com

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    1. August 2016 - this book is now published and available. It is entitled "Inspiring Zentangle Projects" and published by Arcturus. You can read a review on my blog on 7th Aug. 2016. I hope everyone will buy a copy of this excellent book and support Jane who has produced something quite wonderful.

      Shoshi

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  36. I love this pattern! I've used it in a piece I created for my sister and posted it on my blog if you would like to take a look. Thanks so much for a great design!
    craneislandcomforts.blogspot.com

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  37. Shoeshine, what a creative pattern! Love how you took Huggins, one of my favorite tangles and developed this dandy. Thank you.

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