Nature Tangles

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Judy Light and Susan Burroughs teamed up to offer a workshop called “Nature Tangles.” After running into Susan and hearing her talk so enthusiastically about the class, I decided I had to take it!

Susan took us for a short hike to look for patterns, which we “collected” – either the real thing or digitally. The idea was to look for patterns and to come back with 8 or 10 items. Here is my collection:

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The next step was to practice translating each object into a simple line drawing. This part was difficult for me because I have fear of drawing! But what the heck… if you never try, you never get past the fear… So here are my little practice sketches:

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Next we were to create a structure of some kind to be the basis of our detailed drawing. I chose to use fine-point Sharpie on white paper. Once we had the basics structure drawn, we could fill in the pieces and parts with abstractions of the various objects we had found.

This was my finished product:

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It was fun to see some of Judy’s samples and sketchbooks, and to see what other people used as canvasses. Here are a few more pictures from the class:

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One of Judy’s sketchbooks

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Inside the sketchbook

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Judy’s Nature Tangle Sample

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Another black on white sample

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A white on black sample: This one was done with white colored pencil, but Judy says White Gel Pens are more fun. And speaking of mixing it up, here are some other ideas for what to make the tangles on:

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Patterns on painted rocks

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How about your hand?

It was a very fun workshop! Thanks, Ladies! I had a blast.

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