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How to draw MIANDER

Zentangle pattern: Miander. 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.Welcome back everyone, and a big warm welcome to all the new tanglers joining us on our great Zentangle® adventure. We’re delighted to have you aboard and look forward to “meeting” you in the comments so feel free to say Hi and introduce yourself.

We’re starting off this new 2013 year in wonderful style with Miander, a new tangle pattern from Massachusetts CZT® Mimi Lempart. A graduate of the very first CZT class, Mimi also gave us the popular and beautiful Mi2 tangle.

Miander is perfect to get the year underway because it exemplifies the classic features of a genuine tangle pattern. It’s very simple to draw without any planning or pencil dots or guidelines; it’s composed with one simple stroke; it grows organically to fill a space, and it’s not a drawing of some-thing. What’s more, it’s great fun to do! In my humble opinion this one is a real keeper.

Miander begins with a square and then a triangle is added on each side. Then you turn your tile and add a square to the side of one of the triangles and repeat the process. Miander just grows from there and you get interesting results depending on how you turn your tile. For instance if you keep turning it in the same direction while you add squares and triangles, you get spirals or circular patterns.

Mimi writes that she likes to “let the pattern ‘wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination.’ That’s how Merriam-Webster defines meander—the inspiration for naming this pattern.

My example is very simple and I turned my tile randomly to see how it would meander. Mimi demonstrates more ways to play with it at various sizes and with different fills, or with uniform “tile-turning” for interesting effects in five lovely completed Zentangles for you to enjoy.

Mimi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Miander here on her blog.

Check out the tag mimil for more of Mimi’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.


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