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How to draw STRIPING

Zentangle pattern: Striping. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Striping is one of the 102 Zentangle®-original tangles introduced by originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

For some reason I found Striping a real challenge to draw and I’ve put off adding it to TanglePatterns.com because I just wasn’t satisfied with my results. Yesterday I covered half a page with this pattern (and my first Micron ran out of ink), until I found a key for me.

Obviously first you draw an inked string. Then I added all the evenly-spaced (though they don’t have to be) lines in each area. Then I filled in the shapes made by the lines. Previously I’d been taking one area of the string and completing it, then doing the part beside it, and so on. That really did not produce good results for me. (If at first you don’t succeed …)

CZT® Sandy Bartholomew demonstrates the step-by-step process for drawing Striping here.

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9 comments to How to draw STRIPING

  • Kim Gabriel

    Striping was the very first pattern for me when I became sold on the idea of shading. Striping is also the first pattern for me that sucked up all of my pen 🙂 I tried using a broader nib but for me, using the fine nib really does zen me out and the result can look like velvet. Which I adore.

  • Linda Farmer

    Hi Kim, shading would add more depth to this pattern – I was so pleased (relieved) to have a decent result that shading didn’t cross my mind! Hmmmm, off to play with it again …

  • Kim Gabriel

    It looks great as is! Sometimes I like a “flat” style. Especially if I have managed to have very neat, symmetric strokes. The coolest thing about shading in zendoodling (for me) is that I have taken to heart the rule of thumb that one need not give a fig about “rules” of shading. I guess that makes sense if you think that your zentangle has no real right side up–shadows could fall anywhere. Which is just about what mine do regardless of whether I am doing a piece which does, in fact, have a right side up.

    I find it passing strange and wonderful that an art form based on repeated regular strokes ends up being totally wild and wacky for me. It is almost as if the tangle gives me a nice, safe home base that makes me feel secure enough to venture out for awesome adventures.

  • Linda Farmer

    As it turns out, I liked it better without shading too. I didn’t do much, but I preferred the original so I stopped.

    But it was an interesting experiment nonetheless. And a reminder for me that each pattern almost tells me when I’m done or when it needs a little more something. I guess Striping said, “I’m ready.”

    Kim, where can we find some of your Zentangles? Would love to see the results of some of your awesome adventures.

  • Kim Gabriel

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77966181@N00/

    Not sure if that will link, I am blog challenged. It is sweet of you to ask. Having been strictly digital until late March, real pen and paper have been like an off planet trip for me and I love it. I have amassed HUGE supplies of pens, markers and paper and use it all willy nilly without much regard for common or aesthetic sense. I have decided my shadowing could be called “bull in a china shop” school.

    My mother dropped by the cottage where I am vacationing and watched me tangle for a little bit. “There’s Kim,” she said, “still colouring.” Totally cracked me up. I guess awesome adventuring is in the eye of the beholder

  • Krystal

    thats really neat

  • Krystal

    linda,

    how long did you have your first pen? wanna know if there really good pens, because they can be pricy

  • megan

    these look so hard but are so eazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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