This is the first time I’m taking part in this particular month-long challenge. It’s being run by 7Forests5Rivers on facebook. Each day, there’s a different tangle pattern fragment to work with. And, with me being me, that means I’m most likely to create a page of lots of variations on a theme!
A fragment is a small, self-contained pattern-cell that can be repeated to create a grid pattern. The grid is called, in zentangle-speak, a reticulum. Within the reticulum, the fragments can be placed all in the same way, or they can be rotated and/or mirrored to create a pattern.
So, with just one simple fragment – the basic ‘cell’ of a repeating pattern – a whole host of patterns can be created. If the basic cell is changed by simple variations, then even more patterns can be created!
With me being me, I’ve created a page full of variations of the basic fragment for “Well”, which happens to be one of my favourite tangle patterns.
Some of the variations are different shapes for the fragment and ways of spacing and joining them. I couldn’t resist a few of my medieval-style flourishes too.
I am thrilled to know that Well is a favourite of yours too! I hope you have had a lovely holiday season, I have been epic busy and am looking forward to a more mindful January and sharing the Fragments challenge with everyone! Looking forward to seeing yours x
My holiday season was just fine – quiet and calm, just as I like my life!
Well is very much a favourite, particularly the variation that forms ginko leaf type shapes! I came across that pattern first when studying Early Celtic Art, many, many years ago and fell in love with it then.