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How to draw BWIYA

Zentangle pattern: BwiyaAs unusual as it might seem, barbed wire seems to be a popular inspiration for tangle patterns lately. As Suzanne McNeill tells us in her recent video there are over 2,000 known patterns of barbed wire. I guess if it makes a good fence it makes a good border too, right? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Bwiya was also inspired by barbed wire — Australian barbed wire — as this pattern comes from Anne Marks of western Australia. This is Anne’s first pattern on TanglePatterns. I suppose you pronounce it “bee – wiyah”, as if you’re from New Jersey?

Anne writes,

I am an art teacher, senior secondary school. Have also taught Graphics and Textiles, so am interested in all things decorative. I enjoy embroidery, calligraphy (have written 2 books for students), card making, photography, painting and of course teaching. My job is part-time so I also run a ladies art and craft group for our church. Some of the ladies have started tangling with great enthusiasm.

I live in county Victoria in Australia. I love to try out new things and new media, so have taken to Zentangle like a duck to water! Of course I couldnt last long without exploring tangling with colour, paints, markers, different papers, stamps, 9 tiles, and making my own designs! Next round is doing larger pieces. It never ends. I have found great inspiration too from other peoples work, and am sincerely grateful for the wonderful ‘tangle patterns’ website.”

Anne illustrates the steps for drawing her Bwiya tangle below.  I found I got better results if I combined steps 2 and 3, making kind of a 6-shape in each direction. That helped me keep the “wires” aligned better. But that’s just me …

Steps for drawing the Zentangle pattern: Bwiya

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

Here’s a Zentangle® by Anne featuring her Bwiya tangle and several more barbed wire variations.

Zentangle featuring Anne Marks' tangle pattern: Bwiya

Zentangle featuring Anne Marks’ Bwiya tangle pattern. Used with permission of the artist. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Thanks for sharing your Bwiya tangle with us, Anne!

Check out the tag annem for more of Anne’s patterns on TanglePattterns.com.

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5 comments to How to draw BWIYA

  • what a lovely Pattern. And yay! another Aussie! Congrats on the pattern Anne.
    Sydney, Australia

  • Peggie Schurch

    Anne. Strike me Pink!!!!! Well done on an unlikely theme. To think of all the times I have looked at miles and miles of barbed wire and didn’t see anything artistic about it. Not until I saw Suzanne’s video did I realise the potential of it. And you have added more types of barbed wire. How very clever. Thanks for sharing. From another Aussie Peggie

  • acts10two

    Thanks Dee. Yes we are gradually making inroads..

  • Bertie Beetle

    Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!
    Goodonyer mate! Youshowem! There ain’t so many of us but we can invent things like clothes hoists, utes and rotary mowers. Now its Zentangles – what next!! One day we’ll rule thew world!
    Luvya – Bertie Beetle xxx

  • Deb

    Love it! There are more aussies lurking here than i realised. G’day from Brissie

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