CPT Technique: Replace

Replace Technique

In Creative Pattern Tangling (CPT) we use patterns for inspiration only! Instead of following step by step instructions, we not only play with a pattern, we create our very own version of it. Before you begin tangling, you play with a pattern on scrap paper. Let’s take the Flower of Life as an example:

Flower of Life

What happens when you replace the C-Shapes with straight lines?

CPT Replacing C with straight line

And how will it look if you turn this V-shape into 2 C-Shapes?

CPT replace V with 2 C-Shapes

What happens when you replace the original C-Shape with an S-Shape?

CPT Replace C with S-Shape

How will it look if we replace the C-Shape with a Loop?

If we replace the dots from the grid with circles, squares, triangles, or drops,

CPT Replace the dots

and connect them with different shapes you get the following results:

CPT Connect

Of course, there are even more options. Connect the circles with C-Shapes, combine C-Shapes and S-Shapes etc. etc.

What will happen when you add auras or feathering?

CPT Add Aura or Feathering

So far I used ONE pattern and created TEN new versions of it! I personally love the one below. Instead of connecting the dot grid with C-Shapes, I used an S-Shape instead. Then I applied feathering (previously I called this technique echolines. I am honoring the request to refrain from using the word echolines©?).

CPT Flower if Life with Feathering

But we are not done yet! After adding lines, waves, or folding you get the following results:

CPT adding fill options

Add Paradox or another way of Folding:

CPT add Paradox or Folding

… and repeat in a grid:

CPT in a grid

Is your head spinning? The possibilities are endless!

The very same principle of replacing shapes, expanding by adding auras or feathering, and adding various fill options can be applied to ANY pattern!


In this example, I use a standard ZigZag line to begin and added some fill option.

CPT ZigZag line

This would already be a nice pattern. But let’s add some more lines and add shading:

CPT more fill

Indeed, we refer to this pattern as Shattuck.

Apply CPT by replacing the shapes like we did with the Flower of Life:

Shape Replacement

Here is an example of replacing the straight lines with C-Shapes.

Now I replace a single C-Shape with Double-C’s:

In this example I turned the Double-C:

Then I began replacing the straight line with an S-Line:

And added various techniques and fill options:

You could play some more with fill options. I leave that up to you though.

Below I changed the form of the S-Shape and tried one option by combining the S-Shape with a straight line.

You could create hundreds of patterns by applying CPT to a simple ZigZag line!

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