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Curly Bracket Love and Brax Pattern

Now, I love curly brackets. Flowing lines, curves, the possibility of long scrolly bits........ hold on a minute.............squeeeeeeee........


o.k., deep breath, I'm calm, I'm calm.

So, how did I go from this weeks diva challenge string to a full-on curly bracket love-fest? Well, basically it comes right down to avoidance.

I headed upstairs to my art room yesterday fully planning to tackle the challenge. Unfortunately, I find string based challenges a little......well.......challenging, so when I drew out the example I was easily distracted by possibilities offered by string shape..........my first thought was that it would work as flower/s:


Which then prompted this.


Which led to pages and pages (well, about 5) of curly bracket play before I got it out of my system and was ready to tackle the challenge (you can see the results in my challenge #99 post).

Brax pattern: I played with a few different types of grids to try and find the best way of working with these shapes - here's the one I liked the best.



Brax Variations: Lots of fill possibilities, this is just a few along with examples of how you could approach this with either an offset dot grid, or an x grid.


My favourite patterns are flexible - I want them to be able to curve, stretch, etc. Brax worked with this experiment. I also played with my grid being long rectangles instead of squares (I haven't got a pic of this), and really liked the results of having one set of "petals" short/fat the others long/thin.



Fleese: a super simple one - reminded me of flying geese. Curly bracket starts at one side corner of diamond, tip touches top, then back down to other corner. I think it would look good with line fill in open area, but haven't had a chance to play with it.


I have a couple of other bracket-y patterns I'm playing with so will see what comes of them.

Have a fantastic weekend!

hx

Comments

  1. Helen, your drawings and tangles are always so delicate! I just love them!. Thank you! Jakki

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  2. Really looking forward to playing with these tangles Helen. I am sure there is some spare time after Christmas, its all hectic here at the moment with pre-Christmas meals and visitors coming and going!!!

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  3. Lovely curly and simple patterns Helen.

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  4. Oh I laughed - I know that avoidance bit..........I also had ideas of flowers with those loops not too dissimilar but since I had to get on with something more urgent I didn't dare start to fiddle - still there's a little drawing by my computer from a few days ago...........with some looped flowers & butterflies - not even a drawing..... just some loops (er flower ideas) on a piece of paper!
    Now I'd better get on with that urgent bit............ & stop looking at tangles.....
    Paula (PEP)

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    1. Yes, Paula! So easy to get distracted - especially when I'm not too excited about getting something done (like housework!)

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  5. Thanks, everyone. Hope that you get some use out of these.

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  6. Very pretty!! Love it!

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  7. Love the pattern, looks like a lot of fun, thanks for sharing. It's easy to procrastinate, when it comes to housework, let's see shall I tangle or shall I clean, ummmmmmmmmmm tangling would win, hands down.

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  8. Gorgeous, Helen. Love all the possibilities of variation with this one. It's so delicate - like lace. It really lends itself to a more freeform initial grid, too. Thanks for a brilliant pattern! I'm certainly going to try this one!

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  9. How generous you are in sharing! Thank you!

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  10. Ksenija VojisavljevicJanuary 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Beautiful!

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  11. Thanks for sharing these elegant new tangles!

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  12. Beautiful Helen, the shading really brings it to life - tfs :)

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  13. I love these tangles, Helen. Thank you for sharing them!

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  14. these are very pretty, and I could see myself doing Brax! Im going to show my ignorance here, but! what do you do with it!

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  15. Hiya! May we use your beautiful curly brackets on our choir letterheads please?

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    1. Hi! You can read about my terms of use here: https://alittlelime.blogspot.com.au/p/terms-of-use.html - please email me if you need any further info. Thanks, Helen :)

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