The Beauty of Ribbon Tangle Patterns

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. This is the second post in a series I’m doing about different types of tangle patterns. Today I’m sharing my thoughts about the beauty of ribbon tangle patterns. So let’s get into it and have a look at why I think ribbon tangles are amazing.

The Beauty of Ribbon Tangle Patterns

What are Ribbon Tangle Patterns?

If you have attended any of my Tangle Index Time Live Events you’d know what I consider ribbon tangle patterns to be.

This is my definition of what I think they are:

A ribbon tangle pattern is any tangle pattern that is able to be created in a row (straight or curved). They are perfect for borders. Meer and DooDah are great examples of what I consider Ribbon Tangle Patterns to be.

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The Beauty of Ribbon Tangle Patterns

Why I love Ribbon Tangle Patterns

If I had to pick one reason why I love them, it would be their ability to move your eyes through a tile.

To give you an example, in the Magnified Fragments Project Part 1, our E5 fragment had an enhancer where we were prompted to add dimension. I chose to do some zentwining and I wrapped the main component of my fragment in ribbon tangles. When you look at the fragment below, pay attention to what your eyes do.

Magnified Fragment E5 using Dimension as an Enhancer

Did they dance over the tile following the ribbons? I just love how ribbon tangles can do that.

Another thing I love is there ability to be stacked or layered one on top of the other. Magnified Fragment E2 had us working with the light and dark technique, but the fragment was perfect for ribbon tangles. They stacked and laid on top of each other beautifully.

Magnified Fragment E2 using the Light and Dark technique

I wanted to combine these aspects and see if I could use ribbon tangles to have my eyes to travel through a tile even though the ribbons I used were stacked. I chose a Phi tile for this.

Would I be able to have the variety I needed to ensure the tile was interesting? Would I be able to clearly follow the ribbons with my eyes, or would I get lost? How would the stacking stack up? Let me know your thoughts. I think the ribbon tangles did their thing perfectly.

A close up

Having them categorised in a Tangle Index helps

If you have come along to my Tangle Index Time Live Events, you would be aware we try to work on different types of tangles each week.

Ribbon tangles is one of the tangle types we work on. Just like filler tangles, I’ve been collecting Ribbon Patterns for my index for a while and I have quite a collection.

Having sections like this in a Tangle Index helps when you want to create a tile using particular tangle types. This is because the patterns are handy and you can generally find something to tangle with quickly.

What’s next?

In this blog post series, I’ll be looking at Focal Tangle Patterns next. I’ll be blogging about this in a few weeks. My aim is to look at one different type of tangle pattern each month. I hope you’ll join me.

Perhaps you might like to leave a comment about how you feel about Ribbon Tangles. I’d love to hear your thoughts and maybe share some of them on my stories.

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2 thoughts on “The Beauty of Ribbon Tangle Patterns

  1. Hey Chrissie,
    I love blogposts like this one. You really dive deep into Zentangle. You open my eyes for things I haven’t thought of. This gives an extra dimension to the whole of Zentangle. And your pics of your collection of ribbon tangles convinced me…. I really really want to hop on the Tangle Index Time bus 😊. This is so much fun. And a tangle index comes in handy at many moments I think.

    1. Chrissie Murphy Designs August 16, 2022 — 9:00 pm

      Oh Paula, it’s comments like this that make everything I do worthwhile! I’m so pleased you find my posts helpful and I would love for you to join us on the Tangle Index Time bus! Welcome aboard my friend!! 😃😃

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