Focus Week Summary: Line Weight

Last week the pattern focus was on patterns that change their appearance when applying different line weights. Here is a link to the page that summarizes working with line weight. During the week, I looked at individual patterns and explained the transformation of each one of them.

By thickening the lines on one side, you can create a solid shading effect. But that’s not all! Once you change the thickness at different sections of the shape, the shape itself will be transformed.

Line Weight 1

On Saturday the pattern focus was on ZickZack:

By changing the thickness of some of the lines, the pattern can be transformed:

Zick-Zack Line Weight

Sunday’s pattern focus was on 4-Bol:

4-Bol by Carlos Cano

I have been playing a little bit with the line weight on this pattern as well to show you what a difference this can make:

4-Bol Line Weight Transformation

Any pattern can benefit from varying the line weight!

You might want to dig out some old artwork and have a play?


Monday – Pattern Focus: Columbine by Tricia Long

Columbine by Tricia Long

Here is an example of how you can change the line weight – a little bit can go a long way!

Columbine Line Weight

And here is the artwork I created for this pattern focus:

Columbine Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Tuesday – the Pattern Focus was on Loop Star by Kasturi Das

Loop Star by Kasturi Das

I used various nib sizes to create this Mandala: My first step was to draw the pattern using a 0.05 nib. That’s really thin! Then I set to work to place more emphasis on selected lines. The C-Shapes in Step 4 are not drawn with a thicker nib! The trick is to add another larger C-Shape and then fill in with black. This way, the start, and endpoints can be made thinner, adding more volume to the body of the C.

Loop Star Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Wednesday – The focus was on Istanbul by Elaine Benfatto:

Istanbul by Elaine Benfatto

Click the images below for an enlarged view.

Instanbul Example Page 1

Instanbul Example Page 2

And here is my artwork after I added color:

Istanbul Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

On Thursday we were looking at Bravo by Lindy Clarkson.

Bravo by Lindy Clarkson

Spirals look so much more interesting when you add some line weight! Here are examples:

Playing with a Spiral

When I looked at the pattern, I immediately thought: “What if I draw the spirals back to back?”

That is typical when you are used to Creative Pattern Tangling. A pattern is used for inspiration only. So, this is what I came up with:

Playing with Bravo 1

After drawing the initial row, I added the feathering. Now compare row 2 and 3. It is quite a transformation!

Playing with Bravo 2

Depending on the artwork that you want to create, you can add a lot more emphasis by filling the volute. Varying the contrast in your artwork will add a lot of interest.

Playing with Bravo 3

The last row is concentrating more on adding emphasis on the M-Shape that was created by using the original shape of the pattern back to back. Each aura was enhanced by line weight before drawing the next aura.

And this brings me to my next tip: How about varying the size of the pattern? If you look closely at the artwork below (click on the image to see a full-screen view), you will notice that I started this with a smaller row of the CPT version of Bravo back to back. Then I drew a larger version on the top and bottom. In hindsight, I should not have added the feathering and flowers though.

Bravo Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Friday: Pattern focus Zwirrel by Nicole Dreyer

Zwirrel by Nicole Dreyer

This pattern transformed very nicely.

Zwirrel Line Weight Play

For the original outline, I used an 0.1 nib. The emphasis on the C-Shapes was done with a 0.05 nib. This gave me more control.

Zwirrel Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

I am not only thickening lines in the artwork. Some lines were drawn with the 0.05 nib, others with 0.1 and 0.3 nib. Varying the line width throughout the artwork adds a lot of dimensions. All it takes is the switch of a pen!

I hope that this week of daily tangling concentrating on line weight inspired you to play around with this CPT technique. It does require some practice! Always start off with the thinnest nib and work your way up. A little bit usually goes a long way! You can always make a line thicker.

As of Tuesday next week, Inktober is beginning. I love Inktober! It brings all artists together and it is also an excellent practice. Drawing every single day, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes, will have a huge impact on your muscle memory.

Scrapping Chel prepared the pattern-collections InkTober 2019 prompt list. My goal during Inktober is to share my CPT play page for each one of those patterns with you on a daily base. Play along and show us your creativity!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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