Creative Pattern Tangling Journey – Part 7

This week we started Mandala week! And yes, creating a Mandala by applying the various CPT Techniques is fun. While drawing the Mandala you create your own patterns by simply using the various shapes and applying them to the Mandala template.

Shapes used in CPT

To draw a Mandala template use a compass, or my favorite new tool, a Helix Angle & Circle Maker.

Helix Angle and Circle Maker

Dawn was kind enough to make a video, showing how to use it:

Once you created your Mandala template, draw shapes either starting from the inside or outside. I began by drawing C-Shapes:

Mandala 1

I continued in that fashion without having a specific pattern in mind. Patterns seem to appear automatically.


By repeatedly drawing the same shape, you automatically enter the Zone. I was so engrossed in this Mandala, that I forgot to scan the progress 🙂 Below is the final outcome:

CPT Mandala by Ina Sonnenmoser

And here is another Mandala I created this week where I concentrated on playing with different line weights:

CPT Mandala by Ina Sonnenmoser

And here is the link to Nicole’s post showing her progress pictures.

My biggest Mandala hero is Jana Janka Pechrová – a member of our Facebook group. Jana has been drawing the daily pattern in form of a Mandala every single day for MONTHS!

Click the link below to do a search on Jana’s artwork in the Facebook group:

Jana’s artwork

Jana is also the moderator of a group on Facebook (Relaxačné kreslenie (relaxing drawing)). She posts videos of the progress of her Mandalas regularly.

And as I was checking for new videos, I noticed that Ellen Wolters prepared a new video featuring a great option for starting a Mandala from the center. Namely using the Paradox Technique to fill a circle:

While I got your attention drawn on this technique, I would like to share with you some insights about the origins of this pattern.

During Tanglemania 2017 I met Silke Wagner. We were discussing how hard it is to find the first appearances of a pattern – or even a pattern step-out. 9 months later I met Silke again at the ZIA Treff Magdeburg. Silke researched this pattern for MONTHS until she finally stumbled across a book dating back to 1951!

Experiments in Optical Illusion
Experiments in Optical Illusion – 1951 by N. F. Beeler (Author), Franklyn M. Branley (Author), Fred H. Lyon (Illustrator)

Surprise, surprise!

On Page 69 of this book, Silke found step by step instructions – exactly the way we draw them still today, for the pattern called Huddy’s Doodle! Due to copyright issues, I won’t include scans of the page in this post. Today, tanglers refer to this pattern as Paradox. In CPT we call this a technique. To avoid confusion, I will refrain from renaming the pattern or technique to its original name.

The pattern itself has been already used by Leonardo da Vinci and studied by Pierre Bouguer. In mathematics, the technique is referred to as Pursuit Curves (Click here for more info).

And here is a step-out showing how to achieve the same result as Huddy’s Doodle using pursuit curves:

Pursuit Circle by Silke Wagner

Of course, the same can be applied to squares, hexagons, or triangles:

Pursuit Curves by Silke Wagner

As you can see in this artwork, Pursuit Curves open many additional opportunities to play with the pattern.

Pursuit Curves Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

And finally, let’s get started with this Mandala week. I am looking forward to admiring your artwork!



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