Last month I bought a new toy called Spirograph Cyclex. It’s just one frame holding five discs, each disc perforated with odd-shaped holes, and the cog teeth all hidden within the frame. To make a design, you trace inside one of the holes 36 times till the disc returns to its starting point.
The cogs occasionally slip a little, but it’s not like the version of my childhood wherein tiny clear plastic discs went flying off under the couch or down the heating duct. And did it really come with push-pins to steady the outer cogwheel?! Oh, those crazy ’60s.
Anyway. Here are two identical Spirograph designs, except for the thickness of the lines: 0.3mm on the left, 1.0mm on the right.
I like the versatility of the different thicknesses of line. I can colour the righthand design more solidly, as though it were stained glass; the lefthand one, I feel, needs a lighter touch of dots, crosses, and asterisks, retaining and enhancing its laciness. Here are the two designs, coloured in.