Creating a Tangle Pattern Step-out: Lesson 3

I bet you are eager to continue, right? GOOD!

Now that you have completed your ‘play-page’ and uploaded it in the Facebook group, you would have received a comment from me pointing out one of the designs. Maybe you picked one yourself? Either way, we will create the step-out for this right now.

I will use my shape to demonstrate:
Part 4

Draw this pattern 5 times in a row – SLOWLY! This is your warm-up only. Count the steps required to draw the pattern:

  • Heart
  • Arches
  • Drop
  • Dots
  • Aura

You think it’s 5 steps, right? No, not if you want to create a GOOD step-out! I show you 🙂

Part 5

The image above may seem good enough. It does not show the importance of the location of the the first arch!


Part 7

This step-out would make it clearer. And I guess it is save to assume people will understand the importance of the first arch. In the case of this particular pattern, I would go with this option. Sometimes however it is really important to point out in extreme detail where a step should start. In this case I would go with this option:

Part 8

THIS step-out really shows in extreme detail the importance of the first arch! But we don’t want to overdo it. 🙂

With this particular pattern I will stick with this option:

Part 7

I am not only splitting the arches in 2 steps because of the starting and ending point though. If I would give a class on meditative drawing, I would explain that when drawing 5 heart shapes in a row, you would do each step on ALL hearts. The person is instructed to draw EACH step on ALL shapes. When you draw the arches on the heart, you come to a stop when finishing the right side. You need to lift your pen AND change the drawing direction to draw the arches on the left. The arches on the left should only be done once all arches on the right sides are completed. More repetition – more zen! (This is really extreme detail – however, thinking this way will increase the aspect of meditative drawing in a lot of patterns! – maybe not so much applicable to this particular pattern, but a good way of explaining the finer details.)

Now we have determined that this pattern consists of 6 steps. In order to keep everything nice and even looking, draw the first step in red and 6 more in black. Just as you would when drawing the pattern itself. Leave enough room between the shapes to allow room for the subsequent steps!

Part 9

Draw Step 2 in red and immediately repeat that step on each heart in black.

Part 10

Why? Because this will ensure that each step looks the same. Continue the same with all the other steps.


Part 11

Please, don’t think that my page looks all this neat! Many, MANY hearts have been drawn until I got the final 7 done perfect like this!

Slowly but surely I am trying to incorporate at least one shading option to the step-outs. Anything drawn in pencil – and that includes shading – is drawn in green.

Part 12

What about variations? Now THAT is a sensitive topic! What is a variation and what not? Here is my personal opinion: If the variation is too difficult to understand and requires instructions, then it is not a variation. Filling a shape with circles for example, is easy enough to understand from looking at the picture. Additional auras – easy.  But now look at the image below:

Part 13

Can a new tangler figure out how to create this variation? The fact that the dots have changed into a shape is easy to figure out. But the overlapping arches on the outside are not easy to understand for a newbie. It would be part of the ‘family’ (thank you Melinda for this lovely term!). This variation requires an additional step-out, unless you can include the EXTRA steps required on the same step-out page. Once the pattern looks completely different, it needs a family name and separate step-out. A very good example is the pattern Carry.

Carry Flower by Agneta Landegren Carry Leaf by Agneta Landegren Carry by Agneta Landegren

Now we get to the most important part of presenting a pattern: The artwork showing off what can be done with it!

Lace Heart by Ina Sonnenmoser

I strongly believe in creating a monotangle or artwork showing ONLY the pattern in UNMODIFIED form. Even a variation should be visually appealing. In this case, the shading instruction already shows beautifully how the pattern looks when completed. I like stacking my freeform patterns – or warping grid based patterns.

And  guess what! I forgot to mention that you should check if a pattern like that already exists. (I have not done that and will only post the pattern when I am satisfied that it’s truly new and unique)

In the next lesson we will talk about naming your pattern and a couple of other things.

Now I am off to do some ‘real work’ ..haha..


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