Tangled Heart with Illustrator

Tangled Heart with Illustrator
It's my anniversary and I wanted to tangle something in Illustrator, for the front of a card. Starting with a simple heart shape, here are the steps to create this design.

This design will eventually be moved from IllustratorR to PhotoshopR and used as a raster image in a SVG print and cut file for Silhouette.

  1. Begin by drawing one side of the heart. Draw the other side but slightly differently.

    We will tangle inside the border of the heart. To make the border, use the Offset Path feature.

  2. Select one side of the heart and click Object - Path - Offset Path. Adjust the settings as you like.

    Now we have three paths. Let's remove the path in the center and shape the ends into points. We also need to make the paths less uniform by adding a Calligraphy brush to the path.

  3. Select the center path and delete.

  4. For each of the square ends of the heart, use the Direct Selection tool to move one of the end points over the top of the adjacent point. Repeat for the other end.

  5. Still using the Direct Selection tool, select a few points and change the path slightly to add variety.

  6. With the path selected, apply one of the Artistic Calligraphy brushes and adjust the width as needed. In the example, I used the 15 pt Flat at a .1 pt width.

    Now we are ready to tangle the left side.

  7. Lock the path layers in the Layers pane and add a new layer for our first tangle.

  8. Let's start with a simple zig zag and apply a 30 pt Round at .1pt wide brush. Lock the layer.

  9. Add a half triangle below each peak of the zig zag path.

  10. Select all the half triangle paths and apply a brush (15 pt Flat). Lock all of these layers.

    Now we will add a solid half triangle in each space above the zig zag path. Instead of drawing only a two line open path for the half triangle, we will draw all three lines for each triangle because we will need the path to be a closed path.

  11. Draw a small closed path triangle above a zig zag. Select the path and reverse the stroke and fill settings to fill the triangle. Repeat along the zig zag path.

  12. Unlock the layer containing the second side of the heart. Offset the path to make the border, adjust the ends to a point and apply a brush as before.

  13. Draw a wave line in the center of the second side of the heart. Add a 40 pt Flat brush at .1 pt width. Lock the layer.

  14. Draw an open half circle under each peak of the wave. Apply the Floral Bulbs brush at .25 pt.

  15. Draw small circles above each dip of the wave and fill with black.

You can use the tangled heart as is or add more tangles inside.

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