I've said before that I liked the way Rick and Maria let us learn to draw Rixty ourselves. Whilst they would like us to take a class, they also trust us, they trust our intuition. This is great comfort for a self-taught tangler such as me, my nearest CZT is some seventy miles away, but I'm in no way locked out of this creative scene. I had fun figuring out the steps and seeing my results. I was also quietly pleased when they recently released their step-out to find it matched mine! Although I've since started messing about with a different way to draw it.
|A Rixty lattice - with basic shading on a stubborn |
but beautiful cream Tinted Bockingford Watercolour tile
|A jaunty angle - a loopy Rixty |
inexpertly coloured with Zig Clean Color brushpens
In my first tile I kept it plain and simple and straight and Rick-like. Six strings of Rixty weaving over and under each other. Good practice at the tangle, and visually effective too. There's an element of prison bars, or caging or fencing in this - but the bars are so ornate I'm not sure I would mind being contained - and I feel sure they would tinkle in the breeze.
For the second one I went in a more Maria direction. Looping and branching and developing a more natural shape. I bordered using Sue Jacob's Ditto - which is so simple to bring to three-dimensional life with the most basic shading. I'm still a little tentative about drawing Rixty going behind itself but I think this would look even better with more layering. But even these few tendrils and flowers have enough zest to be bursting free from their frame. And my perpetual peripheral vision has been busy again - as I was browsing some Art Nouveau designs in the morning, and I think they had their say when I drew this later in the day!