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How to draw PARADOX

Zentangle pattern: Paradox. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Paradox is a fun three dimensional tangle pattern to do and it can be a real mind bender.

The key to this tangle is the ability to remember to turn your tile! Variants include all the options of shading and solid colors as well as filling various shapes and other tangles within it.

Paradox is a Zentangle®-original tangle; Rick writes “We named this tangle ‘Paradox’ because it consists only of straight lines which create beautiful spirals.” The link to Maria’s illustrated instructions is here.

Paradox examples are shown in another issue of the Zentangle® newsletter here. Scroll down past the instructions for Opus.

And more “fun with Paradox” examples are shown in this issue.

UPDATE: August 25, 2011 – CZT® Margaret Bremner posted an excellent tutorial, “Paradox and then some”, here. Be sure to check this one out!

UPDATE: August 26, 2011 –Zentangle co-founder Rick Thomas was inspired by Margaret’s post to explore a two-sided version of Paradox here on the blog.

UPDATE: June 22, 2012 – Margaret is at it again, she’s posted a variation she’s named Feathered Paradox. This technique also works using rounding in place of her triangles and I think I prefer the rounding version, it has a softer look.

UPDATE: November 11, 2017 – Project Pack #1. In this project series, in this video (12:57) Zentangle co-founder Rick Roberts demonstrates Paradox using White Sakura Gelly Roll Pens on a black 3Z Zentangle tile.

Update: December 20, 2017 – Project Pack #2. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle (2017 Edition), in this Day 10 video (13:49) Maria’s daughter, CZT Martha Huggins, tangles an enlarged version of Paradox and fills each triangle with Marasu-like bands using a white Gelly Roll on a black Apprentice Tile. At the end of the video Martha shows several tiles using Paradox as a framework filled with some Zentangle-original tangles (Purk, Printemps, Well).

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