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How to draw HEARTSTRINGS

Zentangle pattern: Heartstrings. 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.Here’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: Heartstrings. 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.I 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.

Update 11/11/2015: Helen posted a variation of Heartstrings here.

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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