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How to draw SLÁINTE

Zentangle pattern: Sláinte. 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.New tangler Kate McIlreavy lives in the small town of Glengormley in County Antrim, near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sláinte is her first tangle pattern on the site and it is a traditional Irish word for the toast “Cheers” or “Your health”. Want to know how it’s pronounced? “Slon-tuh” would be my approximation from listening to it here on a pronunciation dictionary.

I thought about some of the things Ireland is famous for. The Giant’s Causeway, the Shamrock and St Patrick. I have used these shapes in my tangle. The shape of the rocks at the Causeway, the shamrock inside and a small cross in between to represent St. Patrick,” Kate writes about the inspiration for her tangle.

Most everyone is familiar with the shamrock and St. Patrick, but The Giant’s Causeway was unknown to me. “Situated on the North coast of Ireland … the Giant’s Causeway is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns … formed some 50-60 million years ago as a result of repeat outpourings of volcanic basalt, during the Tertiary period of the earth’s evolution.” It is said to be the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. There are photos of this amazing black basalt formation and more about the legend surrounding it on Wikipedia on the link above. Be sure to scroll down the Wikipedia page for more photos, and click on them all to see larger versions.

Returning to our regular program … in my example of Sláinte, I altered Kate’s Step 3 to alternately reverse the “shamrock” shape in keeping with the “no right side up/can be viewed from all 4 sides” aspects of tangles.

Kate introduces herself:

I am married to Stanley for 47 years. I had three children, but have only two now as we lost a son when he was 21, he was a climber and was killed climbing. I have 3 granchildren all girls. I have always enjoyed crafty things,card making, scrapbooking, patchwork and calligraphy. But when I was at a craft fair with my Daughter in April I found a Zentangle stand and have been tangling ever since. I also love photography and am chairperson of a camera club. I am tangling happy.

Here are Kate’s step-by-steps instructions for drawing her tangle, Sláinte. Cheers! And thanks, Kate.

Kate McIlreavy's steps for drawing her Sláinte tangle

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate this tangle in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

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