This is the third tangle I've submitted to TanglePatterns.com (my second tangle, Morley, was not used, but is elsewhere in this blog). Since then my life has changed a lot with the addition of a beautiful little blue eyed boy to my family. He is named Alaric (After the Visigoth leader who sacked Rome). He is a very calm baby who is generally happy to watch me do crafting, which is just great!
I was tangling Christmas cards with one of my best friends (who taught me about Zentangle method a few years ago) and was playing around as one does... and started a brick grid instead of a "normal" squares grid. I did a simple pattern in it and played with the shading to create a few variations. We decided it was worth sending in this new pattern! I wanted to name it something to do with bricks, because the brick grid is so integral to how it is formed and how it looks, but thought that 'brix' or similar would be too representational - so I started looking on Google Translate for "brick" in other languages. Arabic is 'qalib tub'. I settled on Arabic because I liked the sound, and because there are not many Q tangles.
My favourite ways of shading this tangle are to 1) shade the bottom of the whole row or 2) to shade individual bricks vertically. I like to extend the lines of the rows, and sometimes I finish off the ends with dots or curls or auras.