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How to draw SHIRAZ

Zentangle pattern: ShirazSo far in my own “wine” series of tangle patterns I’ve published Chard, Gewurtz, and Zin. This tangle pattern I’ve named Shiraz (pronounced “Shee-rahz”) and it’s a fun and easy filler pattern to draw. And my little Christmas gift to you.

I first named this pattern “Beach” but then I decided to add it to the wine series and chose Shiraz (the grape is also known as Syrah). Imagine my surprise when I learned the ancient Persian city of Shiraz is known as the city of poets (Hafez and Sa’di), wine and flowers. “The oldest sample of wine in the world, dating to approximately 7,000 years ago, was discovered on clay jars recovered outside of Shiraz.” Shiraz it is.

Start by making the little dot or closed spiral at one end of the element (Step 1). Then spiral out from that and return to one side of the same spot (Step 2). Continue to grow the pattern outwards by circling around and around (Steps 3-5), coming in to the same side of the starting point each time. It’s quite hypnotic.

As I’ve done here, keep your shapes loose and repetitive so you end up with a bunch of different organic shell shapes. A little shading under the edge to add dimension and you’ve got Shiraz. Easy peasy and a great filler!

Steps for drawing Linda Farmer's Tangle Pattern: Shiraz

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