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How to draw ITSY TWISTY

Zentangle pattern: Itsy TwistyThe ribbon-y Itsy Twisty tangle comes to us from Diana Sexton of Lafayette, Indiana, and it’s her first pattern on TanglePatterns.

In addition to Zentangles, I love making greeting cards using rubber stamps, embellishments, etc. So, when I was sewing buttons onto a greeting card with ribbon, the idea of this tangle hit me. So after some experimenting with how to make the tangle easy to do, I came up with the finished product of Itsy Twisty because the ribbon has a tendency to twist as you sew it through the buttons.”

Itsy Twisty makes a fun border and looks really good on a smaller scale too. When I reached Step 4 in Diana’s directions (click on them for a larger view), I found it helpful to think “outside connects to inside, inside connects to outside … outside-inside, inside-outside”. When you look at her instructions, that should make sense to you :-)

Diana illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Itsy Twisty here.

Check out the tag dianas for more of Diana’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.


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4 comments to How to draw ITSY TWISTY

  • Jo

    What a fun pattern! I’m going to try this one out tonight.

    I can’t quite grasp the “inside connects to outside” thing though. I guess, to me, it looks more like, top corner goes to top corner, bottom corner goes to bottom corner (of the little rectangle). Am I not looking at the correct part? Am I doing it wrong?

    I am soooo enjoying zentangling. I have one of my neighbors hooked too!! Just wish there were more hours in the day. lol

    I love your site. Thank You!

    • Linda Farmer

      We’re saying the same thing, Jo. I’m saying the outside (ie. the corner farthest away from the next rectangle) connects to the inside (corner) of the next rectangle. Your way is probably clearer than mine!

      And PS – glad you’re enjoying “tangling” (Zentangle is the tile).

  • Brooke

    ooh, fun! I like this one!

  • Jo

    I tried this one out last night. You can also leave the “buttons” out and just draw four small dots for the corners of the rectangles and draw a twisty ribbon anywhere you want it!

    Thanks for the clarification on the “tangling” vs a Zentangle. ;)

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