In my book, Creative Tangle I showcased many projects that included a form of tangling on a 3-dimentional object. This time around, I wanted to revamp a tired, rarely-used item into a real show-piece for my studio. Enter: the wood drawing mannequin from my college years. It had a mal-functioning leg and was already scuffed up, so it was perfect for this application.
I coated the entire piece first with a flat-finish white spray paint and primer in one. This gave a nice base to add the pens and markers to. I used a combination of Sakura micron pens and Sharpie ultra-fine point markers. The over-all design began with dividing the mannequin into several sections or body parts. I was careful in choosing patterns that resembled clothing and further “dressed” the mannequin with drawing a repeat of the pattern on the corresponding body part. For example, the legs give the appearance of seamed, fishnet stockings and the pattern around the neck reflects a piece of jewelry being worn. I was fairly certain that a final coat of spray varnish or mod podge would smear the ink, so I left it unprotected. This is perfectly fine for a display piece that will sit on a shelf. Total drawing time was about 12 hours, but time well spent. Now this tangled piece of timber is my studio mascot!