I am fascinated with the tangle paradox.
It has only one elemental stroke – traditionally a straight line. As you repeat that straight line in paradox it “paradoxically” results in a beautiful spiral.
When paradox elements share a common side, something intriguing occurs. A new shape or pattern appears that transcends the original shapes. We call these new shapes “meta-shapes” or “meta-patterns.”
I often tangle paradox inside adjacent equilateral triangles. You can arrange equilateral triangles so that all the sides touch and there are no gaps on a flat surface. That’s called a “Tessellation.”
Tessellation: the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps.
In this video, I dig deep into this concept. I use a pencil compass to “string” a gray Opus tile with a “Flower of Life” matrix. This is not a normal Zentangle way to create a string, but my motive here is to create an underlying structure from which to explore new tessellation shapes.
This video shows how the paradox tangle elicits new curving tessellations from any arrangement of tessellated straight- or curved-edged shapes.
I also appreciate the metaphors of this exercise. By tangling paradox within any tessellation pattern,
- You can transform that previous pattern into an entirely new one
- Depending on how you draw your paradox you create different meta-patterns and meta-shapes
- The original pattern remains. But it is nearly invisible as it part of a new pattern.
- The new pattern incorporates previously separate elements into this new meta-pattern.
- (And in this example, it’s all based on the matrix of the flower of life, something quite special to Maria and me!)
We invite you to take a moment and enjoy this video.
Whatever appears to be happening around you, remember that you always have the option to put pen to paper in a Zentangle way and re-connect with your creative core and a feeling of gratitude.
From our home to yours, we send you and your families all our best Zentangle wishes.
Rick and Maria
Here are some links you may enjoy:
- Some examples of paradox in Zentangle newsletters
- Sacred Geometry
- M.C. Escher