While I've seen similar patterns in architecture, upholstery, woodwork, ironwork, and the like, the most direct inspiration was a piece of embroidery I saw online:
I played around with it for awhile, first with differentiating the "m-shapes" top and bottom, and then keeping them the same through one whole iteration. It's hard to explain verbally.
|Just some practice tiles . . . .|
Here are two different versions of the step out, one for submission to Linda Farmer's great Tanglepatterns and the other using a CZT-template from Zentangle HQ.
And now on tiles . . . .
|Stagger the spacing of "rice" shapes|
|Connect "rice" shapes with m-shapes.|
|Connect four rice shapes with "m-shapes" all facing the same way.|
|Continue in same row.|
|If you do every other row with rounded m-shapes, then the alternate rows appear "pointy."|
|Aura the shapes.|
|You can leave it blank or . . . .|
|You can add filler, alter connecting points, perhaps even change the "m-shape."|
|Here is a single Tanson, with Sproing, Crescent Moon, Diva Dance Rock n' Roll, and a tangleation of Diva Dance with Orbs (Diva Dance Ball??)|
|Here is Tanson in the corner; a single row can also be used as a border.|
Happy tangling with Tanson!