It arose while planning how to fill a couple of leaf shapes on some stunning eco-dyed tiles that a Travelling Tangler in my swap group sent to me. This is not one of those tiles, but looks similar - and seems a good place to start as autumn begins to comb her fingers through our days.
|Looking leafy - filled with other tangles and wrapped and surrounded by dark auras.|
On pastel paper with white highlights.
The tangle is based on a series of Y shapes each fitting into the next and growing smaller as they go. You may see Y shapes, you may see forked branches or paths, or turned upside down perhaps even wishbones. I call it Divi because of the nature of it constantly dividing itself. If the forks of Divi were in Robert Frost's road in the woods there'd be plenty of choices ahead of you!
The step out is really quite simple. Divi is very forgiving of wobbles and inconsistencies. Your Y shapes can be curvy, or straight, or really wavy, or looping upwards or downwards or any which way. I've also shown how it can be drawn along a band (which you could pencil in first).
In this next example I've mirrored the starting Y shape, and filled the spaces between branches with Shattuck. I've then put more thick auras down both sides, and then a few Fescu. The bands looked a bit too stark so I added some black dots to break them up.
|Looking like wings and beaks and feathers and all that flies in the night.|
Black tile, while Gelly Roll, white charcoal.
If you draw Divi along a band it can then be embellished in multiple ways. Tangled like this it has similarities to Chainlea, but is different enough too I think?
|Looking beautiful in shades of blue. Endless potential for variation. |
I even weaved Fescu through the holes in one of them!
I can be drawn without much additional ornamentation - and take on another look entirely. This version nods to Ruutz and also to Wind Farm - but again, it differs significantly too.
|Looking tumbled - each Divi section jumps off from the one before. |
I darkened some of the lines and added touches of Tearce.
On a Brusho coloured tile - pigment ink and graphite.
Lastly it can transform into something far more geometric. You can also fill the bands of Divi itself rather than the spaces between.
|Looking shiny and new. Divi with corners instead of curves. And filled with Clob.|
Sometimes I think that the measure of a good tangle isn't just how it looks on the tile, but how it makes you feel when you tangle with it - and I know I'm biased but I'm really enjoying the diminishing divisions of Divi and I hope you do too. I'd love to hear how you get on with it and to see your creations.
As always, if this tangle appears to be too similar to any others in name or style, please let me know.