Beginners Guide Part 2

Welcome back! I hope you shared your Tipple artwork with our Facebook group. If you aren’t a member, you should consider joining us! And if you want to find more Facebook groups for beginners, check our Tangling Family List. People in these groups are all extremely helpful and friendly!

hmm… now that you finished your first Monotangle using Tipple, we just speed ahead and learn some more patterns.

There is a lot more that can be done with simple circles. How about Tripple Tipple?

Tripple Tipple

Ahhh – see, that opens up many more possibilities!

Let’s add one more to our collection: Aim

Aim by Christine Reyes










TIP! Look closely at the step-outs (short for step-by-step instructions). You notice Step 1 always starts with a red marker. In Step 2 the lines from Step 1 have turned black and all new lines are drawn in red. This rules applies to all step-outs you find on pattern-collections.

  • Tripple Tipple
    1. Begin by drawing random circles. Concentrate on the starting and ending point – you may want to keep the tip of your pen slightly above the paper and make the motion of drawing the circle. When you feel you are ready to draw the entire circle in one slow motion, set the pen down and draw. If there is a circle ‘in the way’, draw until you reach the outline, lift the pen from the paper and continue the motion of drawing the circle until you reach the other end of the outline. Put the pen down on paper and continue drawing.
    2. In Step 2 you draw the inner circles. It does not matter if they are not perfectly in the centre. Imperfection adds character to your drawing!
    3. We now add a solid shaded area to the shapes. Ensure you expand each circle in the same direction. Turn your tile if necessary – it’s much easier than running around the table to get into the right position 🙂
  • Aim
    1. Begin with a circle or half circle. Holding the tip of the pen slightly above the paper, make the motion of drawing the overlapping circle. When you are confident that you can complete the whole motion in one go, set the tip on the outline of the first circle and draw slowly until you reach the other end. Only lift your pen when the lines meet. Take your time – don’t rush!
    2. Complete the entire ribbon of overlapping circles before moving on to Step 2.

Now comes the time where I recommend that you start some kind of a Journal to keep track of the patterns you learn. I am really a big fan of my own book and that’s why I recommend it to you. If you want to invest a bit of money, then get yourself the Tangle It! Planner.

Tangle It Planner


The Planner was designed by 3 tanglers with the purpose to give us a place to record patterns. Alice, Simona and I don’t use it to record our appointments, but to tangle every day. Here is a sample of how it looks on the inside:


Tangle It! Planner Sample page









There are other calendar style books available. You could also get an art journal and draw the squares yourself! The important part is that you start right away to record the patterns. Within a short time you will be overwhelmed by the amount of patterns you have collected. A simple journal to use as a reference will be very useful!

I have prepared 2 standard templates. The size of each block on the first template is not quite 2,5″. The second template has only 6 blocks per page. Each block is 3″x3″. To download, click on the image. A full screen page will open up. Right click on the image and select either “Save As” or “Print”. I still recommend that you get yourself some kind of Journal and record your pattern collection there.

My Pattern Collection 1My Pattern Collection 2

Now let me see what you do with your 3 patterns. Tipple, Tripple Tipple, and Aim.

Tomorrow we will continue with Part 3. Keep practicing those circles!

Here are some sample tiles:


Tripple Tipple Artwork by Dawn Collins

Triple Tipple Artwork by Dawn Collins

Tripple Tipple Artwork by Cyndi Tidd Anderson
Tripple Tipple Artwork by Cyndi Tidd Anderson
Aim Artwork by Anja Meeter
Aim Artwork by Anja Meeter
Aim Artwork by Dawn Collins
Aim Artwork by Dawn Collins


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