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TanglePatterns String 039

TanglePatterns.com STRINGSHere’s another String for your creative enjoyment. This one has a Valentine’s flair and it’s shared by New Zealand tangler Jo Fletcher.

Jo writes, “With Valentine’s Day being just over a week away, I started with a heart; the only guide is that it is placed to the left and extends slightly over the frame on three sides. The shape of the heart is entirely up to the user. :) Extend the left lobe from the point, continuing the curve into a curl – your curl. About a third way down the right edge, add a curve to join in with the curl line.”

Bear in mind that Zentangle® strings are guidelines. You can use a string exactly as it is or adapt it to suit as your Zentangle grows. Start with the string as it’s shown then, as you go, combine sections if your tangles want to, or divide a section into smaller ones. Go with the flow and enjoy.

Please help our community’s String resource grow by sending me yours to share. Remember to keep them simple, Zentangle strings are not elaborate or complicated. For your convenience, below there’s a link to a template to use if you’d like.

If you’d like to share your completed tiles for other to see, add them to the TanglePatterns String group on flickr (see the link below).

TanglePatterns String 039

Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print.

Lightly pencil the string on your tile and you’re good to go tangling. Enjoy!

Reminders:

  • Important: Strings are always drawn in pencil so they magically disappear into your completed Zentangle.
  • Use any string over and over again with different tangles.
  • There are so many tangles available that your Zentangles will always be different even using the same string.
  • Or use it with only one tangle – a monotangle.
  • Usually each string will have many options.
  • The Border (if one is given) is also a suggestion – use it, change it, or ignore it. It’s your art.
  • And remember, in Zentangle there’s no right-side-up!

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