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How to draw RASHELL

. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comToday’s pretty tangle is from CZT Lin Chiu and she names it Rashell, from combining the words spiral and shell.

Lin writes, “It looks like a fossil spiral shell“.

Rashell does indeed resemble the spiral Nautilus shell, as seen here in this beautiful cutaway photograph from Wikipedia.

"NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral" by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg#/media/File:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg

“NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral” by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg#/media/File:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg

If you enjoy drawing the spiral form, check out Simone Bishchoff’s line-drawing lessons here on TanglePatterns. You can also locate Simone’s lessons on the TUTORIALS tab in the pink alphabetic menu bar, along with many other useful resources.

Lin Chiu illustrates her steps to drawing Rashell below and also demonstrates several ribbon-style variations as well as a lovely overall pattern. Lin’s steps create a very easy way to draw consistent spirals by giving the pen nib “targets” to hit on the way around. She draws her spirals from the outside-in (Step 2), but I found it easier for me to draw them “backwards” — starting at the dot at the center and spiraling out.

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6 comments to How to draw RASHELL

  • Jan Brandt

    Lin, Rashell is a beautiful pattern! And I find your suggestion of “targets” (as Linda calls them) just brilliant. 🙂 New (and easy) drawing techniques are every bit as exciting to me as new tangles! Thank you so much!
    Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, NV, USA

  • Tracy McDonald

    Oh! I like it!

  • Nancy

    Lin- I love your Rashell! I especially like your square mono tangle. I had to study it for a minute to actually see Rashell. Great variations. I really like your dots and lines that help make a repeating design consistent. I always have trouble with keeping curvy lines the same on a pattern. It makes your design even more desirable to dr for me! Thank you for sharing. Nancy P

  • Lin Chiu, this is just gorgeous!!! It is such a brilliant deconstruction!!! I can’t wait to use it! Very feminine!!! Lovely work! :0) Annette Carlo :0)

  • Noelene

    Lin Chiu, you have created something that looks complicated, but is fun to work with. Once I figured out what I was doing, I found myself really getting into the softness of the design. Thanks. Noelene

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