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Gourdgeous Tangle Pattern

Brace yourself, the following post contains prodigious use of the word "gourds"- you may risk being sent into a gourd induced coma..........

Up until now I have not played with the Zentangle pattern Gourdgeous. I generally work with single patterns on a drawing and, yep, I admit it.......I like patterns that I can really transform and I just didn't see how I was going to be able to do this. I thought I would be limited to drawing.....well..... a "group of gourds".

So, what got me started with it? Well, over the past few weeks I have been working on my pattern file curating and updating. It's a constant work in progress and a project that will never be complete, I find it very relaxing (I'll be writing a post about it in the near future). Anyway, I was working on the G section and came across a roughly scratched out 2" swatch of Gourdgeous - I needed a more polished sample of the pattern for my file so I started practicing with it and yep, I was hooked. Gourds abounded. 

Gourdgeous 1
My first attempt resulted in this very similarly sized and shaped "group of gourds" - a kind of still-life look. Of note is when I started filling this with black I initially left space for the background to show through to create a highlight. This is a pretty tedious process and across a number of elements it can be difficult to achieve consistent directional highlighting. I became bored and decided to fill in with solid black. Then as I was rifling through my desk draw I found a bit of white dressmakers chalk.....one "aha" moment later and I was using the chalk to create the highlights shown here. I like the art pastel look - I will be doing this again. Plus it saved time! Bonus!
Gourdgeous 2
Next, I moved onto my iPad, I was trying to find ways to change things up and ended up with a mushed up "group of gourds". hahaha. I don't love it but it was a progression of sorts.
Gourdgeous 3
The version above prompted this drawing - the gourds are still there but I like the odd directional stacking of this I also like how they nestle in and make room for each other. The gourd shapes are still there, but a little more blended together. It's feeling a little more pattern-ish to me. Maybe it's the use of black fill and shading. I'm also starting to move away from the more regular lines - sort of. 
Gourdgeous 4
Had enough yet? Just one more to go! This one uses ideas from Gourdgeous 3 and 4. Here I consciously created more wonky lines to give it an organic feel, and tried create more of a blend. To help with this, I started the drawing with a curly line framework. Finally I think I achieved what I hoped for: using the pattern more like a fill. Yep, it's still a heap of gourd-like shapes but they are less obvious.
The curly line and how it works with the pattern:
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my experimentation, I had a lot of fun with Gourdgeous, and as with everything I draw I always learn something that can be tucked away into the bag of tricks.

I'd like to play more with alternative fills and highlighting, but for now I feel done :)

Have a great day!

Comments

  1. Wow, I am loving the way you have taken a gourd grouse string Very very interesting. Feeling very excited

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    1. Thank you! It was so much fun to play with. I really loved how this pattern developed for me ☺

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  2. WOW!!! WOW!!! Wow!!! Helen, I am speechless!!! ....but I can write. I hate Gourdgeous! I hate it because everybody in the whole world can draw it, create wonderful art....but me!!! The two of us just never got friendly! What you have done here is beyond my understanding or abilities. I love them all. ALL. And I am glad your scratch G-tile wasn't found before you did your A-Z 'G'.

    Now I am a bit worried what 'H' will be....

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    1. Thanks Susie!! I'm still playing around with gourdgeous. Some patterns grab hold and are just hard to shake loose. Until this week it wasn't a pattern that held much appeal for me but I wanted to be able to draw it so just started and........couldn't stop. Haha. I still haven't even looked at the "h" section of my pattern file.....soon....I promise! hx

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  3. Lovely!
    I have a soft spot for gourds. A few years I grew some on my loggia railing. I had no idea how large and thirsty they are. I spent the whole sommer watering. I also made a dedicated video, which can be seen here: www.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxO9CbcZ6KQ
    I gave my wonderful gourd a name - Doreen - and she produced countless little Doreens - decorative so not edible.
    I continue to be a fan of yours, especially of the way you turn little patterns into proper designs and free yourself of all the limitations put onto the nobel (un)art of the origial concept of 'zentangle'!

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    1. I love your video Faith. And the usurper doreen's. Hahaha. They are thirsty plants. We grow pumpkins each year and need to keep the water up for them to be any good.

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  4. PS Sorry- I don't think the link has worked! If you type into YouTube you should get some Doreen videos and mine is about 3rd down - It has a yellow gourd blossom on it...

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  5. Sorry - blogger deleted my enclosure signs. The link is under : Doreen (part 3)

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  6. Thank you for sharing your process. I love seeing how you evolve the pattern.

    I do love diva dance, because I love drawing line after line close together and preferably the swirly kind, so I am sure I will enjoy drawing this pattern but I'm not a fan of how it looks. Maybe it's just because it looks like an object more than a pattern. But you transformed it into a pattern. 👍🏻
    Tfs!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. That was the problem for me too - it felt more like a drawing of something than a pattern so I was very happy I could find ways to make it work for me. I had a lot of fun with it!!

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  7. Wow I love the transformation of this tangle. I have not done it as I liked others better but now I think I will try it the "Helen" way. I am so glad you are back!!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. I really enjoyed playing with it which took me a bit by surprise as I wasn't so keen on it either.

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  8. I really like the first one with the white highlights. Of course, also like that "Williams style" in the last with the wonky lines. I have not used this tangle much at all, Will have to experiment with it more,

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    1. Thanks, Donald. I ended up having a lot of fun with it! I really just expected to practice a bit, do my 2" sample tile and be done! hahaha.

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  9. Well, I was really into the transformations until I got to the fourth one. The crow face diverted my attention and now I can't see anything else, LOL. Top center gourd.

    I think I kind of dismissed this pattern as, well, something that couldn't really be worked into something else. I could never really see it fitting into a string so never really tried it. Maybe I'll give it a go.

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    1. Haha.....it's funny how that one seems to inspire people to see shapes within it. I hope you do give it a go, I had a stack of fun with it! hx

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  10. So innovative. Thanks, Helen. I am also intrigued by the images showing the red string. Am I right that you managed this with separate layers as a digi-tangle? Wonderful teaching technique.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I took a snapshot of the string before I began to draw on it. Later with my computer, I changed it to red and overlaid the string on the faded out image so that it was clear how it had worked within the image. Image 2 in this section should have shown the black string before I converted its colour to red but I forgot :) Hope that helps.

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