Up n Down

While at the CZT retreat “Jump into January” held in Putney, VT,  we did a Tangle Hunt in nearby Brattleboro. In one of the places we visited I saw a simple carved leaf design on old piece of furniture (this design was a border for another familiar looking pattern, Tagh).

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I call the design Up n Down. The design was easy to deconstruct, and here is the step out for it.  The third step is actually the same as the second, just drawn upside down. So it’s a simple tangle to do and can be used as more than just a border. I’ve included two samples of tiles where I’ve lightly shaded it along the edges of  each of the leaf shapes.  I’ve also included some variations.


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12 thoughts on “Up n Down

  1. I especially love the tile with the flux waterfall coming out of your tangle used as a background. Sometimes we forget that a ‘border’ tangle is just a few repetitions from becoming a great background. Variations and shading give great stretch to use of this design.

  2. the tangle that’s beside the instructions for up and down..what is the one that looks like it’s stepping down on the right side?
    I would love instructions on how to do that.

    • On her blog she addresses this question and I hope it is ok that I cut and paste it in here for you – I also was intrigued by that pattern and had missed it earlier. Here is what she said: “Several people have asked about the pattern on the top of the sample tile with Up n Down. Maria put this pattern up on the zentangle.com blog back on February 25th of this year. She didn’t give it a name, but gave a little history of how it came about. It is a fun (and pretty easy) pattern. Go to http://www.zentangle.com/ , click on ‘blog’ and look for February in the archives on the right. While you’re on the site, sign up for their blog (if you haven’t already )!”

  3. I like it too. And I have the same question as Lisa, how to draw the tangle to the right of UpnDown that looks like flowing steps.

  4. I love this tangle, not just for its simplicity, but for its potential to become ummm – complicated. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

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