After Inktober and its tangling intricacies, working with two pens and 3 tangles on each ATC, I wanted something different, something easier and therefore more mindful. I remembered I'd bought a sketchbook sometime back that I hadn't used. It was from the wonderful The Pink Pig, a British company that makes sketchbooks in all shapes sizes and colours, and at very reasonable prices. I've got a couple in white, but this is filled with their delicious Cappuccino paper (which is apparently 30% made from recycled coffee cups)! It's a good weight (150gsm) - smooth enough for the pen, with enough tooth to please the pencil, and such a rich shade.
|Armed with just a bare minimum of supplies -|
the pad is A5 size (roughly 15x21cm).
For my first piece I worked with two tangles that I struggled most with during Inktober. One was Jalousie, which appeared in my second piece, but I wanted to add some curve and movement and fun to it. The second was Trentwith. A tangle which seemed to polarise people - some loved it, some hated it, I just struggled to give it the attention it deserved. Fellow tanglers gave me much encouragement, and now I better understand the tumbled heart of Trentwith.
|Enjoying the benefits of a larger space - |
allowing the tangles to swoop and bloom.
On my second piece I used an oval template to create my string. I filled these initial ovals with bands of shiny, bulging Marasu. I then went in and added a simple trinity of Mooka, Fescu and Printemps.
|Shading and highlighting come to life on this paper - |
the tangles look like burnished metal.
I only tangled these two pieces all week – adding a little to them each day. Sometimes that's the most satisfying way to work.
As autumn deepens in the weeks ahead, colour will depart from my tiles, to mimic its steady fading as the natural world around us gets ready for winter. But don't worry it may not be bright, but I'll do my best to make it beautiful!