The Square One focus tangle for the week of September 2-8 is Beeline, a tangle introduced by Zentangle HQ. Here are the step-outs for this tangle as illustrated on the card from Tangle Deck 1.
I knew as soon as I saw that the focus tangle was Beeline that I wanted to do a softer version replacing the black with gray. I have been playing around with Margaret Bremner’s Rope String recently and the thought occurred to me, what if I used it as the basic framework for Beeline? (I seem to ask myself a lot of What If? questions ; ). I remembered to take lots of work in progress pictures as I was drawing this week and I’m glad I did because the finished shaded tile looks so different from the beginnings that it really helps to see the tile develop. To get the softer feel I was going for, I used parallel lines to create the shades of gray. One advantage of this method was that the lines bisecting the diamonds just blended in with the rest of the lines and disappeared. Anyway here are the work in progress photos, they are self-explanatory.
This is the finished tile BEFORE SHADING…
…and this is the finished tile AFTER SHADING.
As usual if you see anything in this post that you would like to try in your own work, please feel free to do so.