Friday, April 15, 2011


A couple of weeks ago, ptrish posted a VennTangle Challenge. Namely, take multiple (typically three) tangles, put them in circles, and overlap them like in a venn diagram.

Took me a while, but I finally finished mine. I had a *lot* of fun with this one. I don't know how many variations I tried on the scratch paper before deciding what I liked best. I'm not happy with the shading, though. More accurately... what shading, when it comes to the inner tangles? I couldn't figure out a good way to shade all three circles and thought it would look odd to have one of them shaded and the other two not.

Originally, I had thought to put little bits escaping from the curls, and I may go back and do that later. So, maybe this isn't quite finished after all, but it is definitely time to put it in the 'good enough, maybe add more another time' pile. What do y'all think? Add more shading? Keep as is?

The three tangles I went with were efilys, cadent (with a bit more added into the central box to balance the weight and color), and provencal. Or, I should say the three *fill* patterns I went with... because I also added lace to the border of efilys, flux to the cadent border, and btl joos to the provencal border, then combined them where their borders intersected.

I doubt I'll do another VennTangle to this level of detail, but I did really enjoy this exercise and anticipate doing some smaller ones in the future.

Oh yeah, materials: card stock, this time a full 8.5x11 sheet (though the drawing area fits within a precut piece of matboard), micron pens in black and brown, just a touch of micron sepia, and some black prismacolor.


  1. Wow... this is absolutely stunning!! Very fine detail indeed. And I love the way you've merged the patterns. They 'morph' from on to the hybrid and back to the other so beautifully. =)

  2. WOW, indeed! This is remarkably beautiful! The detail is just incredible. I stared a this one a long time. Need to check out Efilys & Provencal, really pretty tangles. The merging is really great. I hope you frame this one!