“Fengle” | Inktober Tangles 2021, Day 11

Fengle, a tangle pattern by Zentangle Inc, is a tangle I’ve found difficult to draw with any kind of success in the past. I just couldn’t seem to get my head around it.

So, today I watched Zen Linea’s video showing how to draw fengle. The pieces of the puzzle clicked into place and this higgledy-piggledy page of explorations resulted.

I discovered that it really is a lovely pattern to draw, and many, many variations are possible, including the direction in which the second stroke is added. I’m not entirely sure this is all that different, but the way the ‘leaves’ seem to overlap feels different and looks more exaggerated. Of course that could just be how I drew those second lines.

I tried to use individual ‘leaves’ to create linear borders, not all that successfully. However, sometimes you just have to go with an idea and see where it leads. As I’m typing, my mind is coming up with ideas of how I could make that work.

I’m not a big fan of putting other tangle patterns inside a tangle pattern. However, I was surprised; the large space inside the leaves lends itself nicely to this technique.

Yesterday, I did start a second page of hirari variations. Today, I can feel some fengling around being done to fill another sketchbook page!

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