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How to draw DIAGONALS

Zentangle pattern: Diagonals. 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.Are you ready to get going with all new tangles for 2012?

In consideration for the new tanglers joining us in recent weeks, I thought we’d start off the new year with an easy-to-do filler pattern based on a grid.

Diagonals is a tangle pattern from one of CZT® Suzanne McNeill’s early books, Zentangle 2. Each of Suzanne’s books take Zentangle® into the world of crafts and Zentangle-inspired creations. Zentangle 2 primarily focuses on ATCs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and journals and offers 40 patterns to learn.

Suzanne illustrates the steps for drawing Diagonals here. A row or two of this simple tangle also makes a very striking border around a section. UPDATE: Early in the Summer of 2014 Suzanne McNeill’s blog was removed and all the posts and images were lost, so this link no longer works.

Her site is being reconstructed as much as possible and until it’s available again, many of her patterns like Diagonals can quite easily be figured out. Have fun challenging your Zentangle® deconstructing abilities!

Experiencing the meditative, relaxing benefits of Zentangle® is all about singular focus and slow, deliberate strokes drawing non-representational patterns. If you find yourself occasionally losing that degree of concentration when completing fills in tangles like Diagonals, you might find the tip demonstrated on Arrowheads helpful.

You can find more grid-based tangles to learn by clicking on the tag grid in the left sidebar under the heading PATTERNS BY TYPE. And check out the tag suzannem for more of Suzanne’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

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  • Useful information about copyright – very helpful information for new tanglers regarding fair use and selling your Zentangle-inspired creations – with thanks to new tangler Julie H. for asking about this today!

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3 comments to How to draw DIAGONALS

  • The “Diagonals” tangle is cute and very common. I thought I saw this tangle pattern before. I do have every Zentangle Book written by Suzanne McNeal. I just purchased Zentangle 6 and Zen-sational stitches for Quilting.

  • Margie S

    I have become obssessed with Tangles. I have been doing them now for about 3 months. I love doing them. I have a question. Is it alright to start the tangles in pencil? And there’s nothing wrong with not doing all the tangles, right? Oops that’s 2 questions. LOL

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Margie, welcome to our “magnificent obsession”! You can do whatever makes you comfortable and if you want to start out with pencil, go for it. I always practice tangles several times on scrap paper before I do them on the tiles because it usually takes me time to “get it”. And you can do as many, or as few, tangles as you want to. I do recommend starting with the official tangles first – they are the best and have infinite combinations and variations. They give you a good sense of what a real tangle is all about. And they’re so classy.

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