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How to draw QUILTZ

Zentangle pattern: QuiltzQuiltz is a 3D optical illusion-type of tangle pattern created by Kym Barlow from Sutton, MA.

Though it looks complicated Quiltz is actually quite easy to draw, especially if you turn your tile as you go so you’re drawing lines in a comfortable direction.

This is Kym’s first pattern on TanglePatterns and her instructions for drawing the pattern are shown below. She sent me an excellent write-up, so thanks for that Kym and for a lovely new pattern to add to our growing collection.

Here are two versions I tried with pencil shading/fills to give you an idea of how simply you can vary the look of Quiltz.

Two pencil-shaded examples of Kym's tangle pattern QUILTZ And now, over to Kym …

Upon completing my first night in a Zentangle class, I was hooked!  I can’t stop tangling!  I am hoping to take the CZT course this May taught by Rick & Maria so that I can share this art form through teaching in the future.

I just love how these patterns, many of which look as if they are so complex to draw are so simply recreated through the step by step process of breaking down the patterns into stages of creation. QUILTZ does exactly that. It looks so complicated yet stays within the Zen feel when creating it.

Step-by-step instructions for drawing the tangle pattern: QUILTZ

Image copyright the artist, used with permission. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The helpful hint that I can share to those looking to recreate this pattern:

Make sure your initial grid design is equally spaced, meaning simply, make all of the boxes in the grid as close to the same size as each other. (This helps when meeting the corner points when drawing the diagonal lines.)

That’s really all there is to it. You can also make the grid of various size boxes but the results are very different in the finished design and it is a little more time consuming as you will not be able to draw all the diagonal lines in one pass to meet corner to corner.

As far as shading goes, there are so many options as you can see that I find that best be determined by the individual. I personally do not shade this because it has so much activity to the pattern alone.

Here is Kym’s monotangle of her pattern.

Zentangle® including her QUILTZ tangle pattern, by Kym Barlow.

Zentangle® of her QUILTZ tangle pattern, by Kym Barlow. Copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Used with permission.

Check out the tag kymb for more of Kym’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.


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4 comments to How to draw QUILTZ

  • Carole Ohl

    This is great fun! I’m not one to make my boxes even, so I tried it with a “wild” grid. I love what it does. Mine bends and waves! Thanks, Kym!

  • Jean Rogers

    Way cool Thanks I like it w/o shading too, makes my eyes dance. Interested in seeing it w/o straight lines ala Carole Ohl. cheers

  • JoAnn

    What a wonderful pattern! So much easier than it looks. With all the possibilities for shading and uneven grids, this would be a fun pattern to do an entire tangle with.
    Thank you Kym!

  • I usually prefer the organic patterns, but I just tried this one out and it is so much fun to draw. It’s very relaxing too. Not at all what I expected.

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