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How to draw BRIDGEN

Zentangle pattern: Bridgen

This fun pattern, Bridgen (and an innovative way of developing a tangle pattern) comes from my CZT#7 classmate and CZT® Carole Ohl’s husband, Daved Levitan. You will no doubt recognize Daved’s name as he is the photographer who took the photo I recently posted of the graduating class.

According to Carole, Daved is not much for tooting his own horn so I invited her to introduce him.

Daved has lived many lives, as a musician, painter, photographer, business executive, graphic designer, teacher/mentor. Our home is in the Dayton area. He will teach if he is asked, although he carries the zen energy more than the tangle energy. He is more about the not doing than the doing. We don’t have any plans for teaching together per se, but as each opportunity arises, he is always available when asked to be of service, especially when it comes to Zentangle.

What makes Daved’s tangle different is that “In Bridgen, the string IS the basis of the tangle. All of your marks are made one after the other, connecting right onto the string itself.” Carole suggests finding your own rhythm in drawing this tangle – some might like to do the circles first and then connect them, or draw the lines and then the circles.

I had fun doing several samples and found I liked doing the circles first and then connecting them. Once you get going, it’s hard to stop! I also discovered I liked my results better if I avoided putting circles where the lines of my string intersected – but your mileage, as they say, may vary.

For my example I used one of three variations Carole illustrates here with her step-by-step instructions for Daved’s Bridgen tangle pattern. I used the ‘Nzeppel-like “rounding” effect. Check out her wonderful Zentangles with her “bulls eye”, “striped”, and “rounded” variations of Bridgen on the same page.

Check out the tag davedl for more of Daved’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

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9 comments to How to draw BRIDGEN

  • Donna Pepper

    I use your site often and really appreciate all the work it must entail. I hope you still have some time left over to tangle. I took a yearly subscription yesterday and was happy to do so.
    Great work.

  • I really like this one.Thanks Linda and thanks Carole and Daved.
    Sydney, Australia

  • i just bought the basic book,and pen,pencil, i would like to see a video on this , still not sure how to do it?? sorry guess i am on the old side but i love the looks of it . i currentaly make greeting cards

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Sue, in another week or so you’ll be able to order the Official Kit from me – and that has a DVD in it with great visual instructions by Maria. The DVD alone is worth the price of the Kit but there are other goodies in it too. I highly recommend it.

  • Barbara Gray

    Dear Linda, What a wonderful project you’ve started and for others. I think you’re my new best hero. I would like to start a monthly contribution to help Is this possible to? Please let me know. I enjoy your site so very much and visit almost every day. My best regards Barbara

  • Judi

    Thanks, this one seems very zenny (?) if you know what I mean…

  • Thank you kindly, Daved Levitan, for sharing this with us.

  • Liz

    I love doing the zentangles,they are such a fun thing to do, I never knew they had a name, and was often in trouble for doing things like this all over my school exercise books. I receive your How to Draws, and have just paid my yearly subscription, to show my appreciation for your hard work.

  • Peggie Schurch

    Hi Linda, Sorry to see you have a site problem, hope it is being resolved now. I would love to help out but do not have a credit card and money orders and cheques are too expensive for a small amount however I do appreciate the work you put into sharing those wonderful tangles you give us and so frequently too. Many thanks for your generousity and hope you are able to keep it up. Peggie

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