Thursday, August 10, 2017

Weekend Inspiration & haKrall Tangle Step Out

This past weekend was so. much. FUN!

Norm and I had a little getaway to Santa Barbara. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast, enjoyed time with friends, I attended a fantastic heart centered meditation workshop with our daughter, we saw DIANA KRALL at the Santa Barbara Bowl, AND I deconstructed then reconstructed a pattern! Phew! It was busy!

Santa Barbara is such a beautiful seaside city… it feels like a vacation even if you just stop by for lunch! Our daughter, Leila, lives in the area, so we always have a good reason to go. I find it to be such an inspiring place… the architecture, flora, and weather are all delightful.

Simpson House Inn... Fantastic Bed & Breakfast place.
Front of main house.
More cottages in the back of the property.
Many lovely fountains adorn the gardens.
Norm had the great idea of inviting friends to join us for the concert and weekend. We had delicious dinners around town, and spent the days enjoying the weather and our gorgeous location. 

Lovely lunch with friends at the Four Seasons.
Gorgeous lotus beginning to bloom in one of the fountains.
Look at that vine!! 
Oh my... this is amazing!
These hibiscus blooms were as big as dinner plates!
I had been looking forward to this particular trip for months in anticipation of attending a Diana Krall concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I purchased the tickets the moment they became available! She is one of my VERY favorite musicians. I think of her as my creative muse… I tend to listen to a Diana Krall station while creating and/or cooking. 

I was so happy that I brought along some drawing supplies, just in case I had some moments to create. The weekend got even better when I had a few relaxing hours to work in my art journal/sketchbook in the garden. Earlier in the week I had taken a photo of a pattern that intrigued me… I began deconstructing and reconstructing it one line at a time… my pen tickling and whispering along in my journal as it told it’s story. 

The inspiration pattern found on a tv show!
It spoke to me of complicated ideas born from the simplest of seeds… of fragments turned on their axis to create something new… of exploration and the impact of scale. 

Drawing in the garden...
A tangle is born...
After completing a couple of samples, I started searching tangle patterns to see if a tangle had already been published similar to what I had just deconstructed. The closest relative I found was Pezember… however that tangle does not weave at each connection. If anyone knows if this has been deconstructed already and published somewhere, please let me know. In the meantime… here’s my step out for this tangle that I’m calling, haKrall.

{NOTE: The variation shows how you can scale or expand the tangle. As you become familiar with this tangle, you will start to notice that if you create sections of the fragments in a certain order you can create most of the transitions without the little hollibaugh style bridges. The shown variation is the easy peasy way of showing how I made the larger spaced samples. It looks great with less/more aura lines in step 3 as well!}

Tangle : haKrall

I’d love to hear how you like it! Please include #haKrall on any posting of art that you create and post in the Zentangle Mosaic app or instagram/Facebook. I’d love to be able to find your creations! {You can find me on Zentangle Mosaic @hadesignsCZT and on Instagram @hadesigns.}

Here are a couple of tiles completed with haKrall:


  1. LOVE it!! Great tangle for the Square One ONE. Love it, too, that we share our love for Diana Krall. Now I'll think of you as well, while I'm cooking and creating!!

  2. I was hoping you'd post step outs, so yay! I saw a photo of it you shared before on FB or Instagram. Very, very cool tangle.

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  4. Holly, your new tangle is fabulous!! I've tries it once (just now) with the black background & I'm looking forward to drawing it again with the lovely white space left by wider spacing. What a great "impossible"-looking illusion! I applaud your deconstruction skill. :) Thanks, too, for sharing your wonderful vacation with us ... That B&B looks very inviting!

  5. It is so intriguing to look at and follow the lines.....I just HAVE to learn it and have fun, thank you!


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