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How to draw HEARTSTRINGS

Zentangle pattern: HeartstringsHere’s our last Valentine-related tangle, Heartstrings by Helen Williams.

It may look complicated but Heartstrings is very easy to draw, one stroke at a time. The key here is to take your time and make deliberate strokes.

Shading makes all the difference to this tangle. By adding just a touch of shading Heartstrings becomes puffy and very dimensional, and the shading is so much fun. I often have enough graphite left on my blender (tortillion) to do the job.

Zentangle pattern: HeartstringsI also played with this variation where I drew the heart shapes “upside down” in every other column and that looks interesting too.

Helen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Heartstrings here on her blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! May everyone’s lives be filled with sweetness and love.

Check out the tag helenw for more of Helen’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.


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2 comments to How to draw HEARTSTRINGS

  • Thanks, Linda. I love, love your variation!

  • Henny

    I love how those construction lines disappear into this pattern, particularly in the centre of the hearts. I had to do a double take the first time I saw Helen’s hearts on the completed step. I love the way Helen articulates her ideas. I think I visit her blog and scroll through her deconstructions second only to using this site.

    Thanks to both Linda and Helen!

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