Tuesday 21 February 2017

as above, so below

This tangle first made an appearance at the very edge of one of my sketchbook pages last September.  I've sat with it since, wanting to be sure it doesn't already exist. It seems so simple, so obvious, that I can hardly believe someone hasn't been there before me. But perhaps that simplicity is the very thing that's left it overlooked. Or maybe it's so simple that it barely counts as a tangle at all?!

I based it on those stock images that pepper the cover of so many Zen guidebooks. A stack of stones on water with their reflection beneath them. Hence the name – Flec.

As a border – on pastel paper – with white pencil and graphite shading

So far I've mostly drawn it in its simplest form, but I think it has scope for variation as to the size and shape of the 'stones' you use, and how you choose to stack them.  You can choose to include the aura or leave it out, and some simple shading offers dimension.

On black paper – with added Fescu – white gel pen, white pencil

If anything like this already exist please let me know – if not I hope you have fun playing with Flec – I'd love to know how you get on.

On water-coloured paper – with I–leaf and Flukes – graphite shading


  1. Loving the simplicity of this tangle and the depth that shading adds.

  2. This is gorgeous! I have missed the IAST challenge in the last few weeks so didn't see this new and very lovely tangle of yours - off to give it a try just now. Axxx

  3. Simple and effective. Exactly what a tangle is meant to be. I'll try it soon!

  4. a lovely simple tangle and your tiles are beautiful. Thank you.

  5. Very beautiful tangle. I am sure I will use it because it gives me oeace looking at it. thank you.

  6. Great tangle. I like how it reminds me of an Inukshuk. Canadians love those.

  7. Great new tangle. Your third example tile, with ileaf and flukes, is gorgeous!

  8. Your Flukes adaptation is gorgeous! Truly lovely. I'm teaching Flec tonight in a Zentangle (R) & Wine class as a way to tangle a string. Thanks for the great tangle!

    1. Thank you Esther. Once I found that way to tangle Flukes it always comes out like that now! So excited to picture you teaching Flec - I hope you and your students have fun with it! Enjoy the wine too!