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How to draw BISCUS

Zentangle pattern: BiscusBonus Monday! Florida tangler Vicki Bassett shares two related tangle patterns with us today. The first one is Biscus and the second a variation named Showgirl, also added today.

They are quick fills, super easy to do and lend themselves to cool effects with shading. Biscus was one that I created by repeating a triangular shape around the center by turning my tile clockwise each time and making each row a little bigger.  The final product looked like the center of a paper hibiscus I had in my art room.

I’m from Land O’ Lakes, FL (just north of Tampa and, no, we don’t make the butter) and my day job an executive assistant in a cancer center. I took a class with CZT Patsy Monk after I accidentally discovered Zentangle® just looking around on the internet and I’m registered for the October CZT seminar.

My favorite way to use this artform is to apply tangle patterns to photographs that I have taken and altered in Photoshop. What started as an experiment ended up being my favorite way to create! I’ve always been into papercrafting including hand-made greeting cards, altered books and bookbinding and, as a teenager, pen & ink drawing was my favorite medium. It’s a wonderful thing that I can now combine my two favorite artforms!

I found that Vicki’s tip about turning your tile is important for drawing these two tangles. And it applies to many, many other tangles too so remember to turn your tile for comfort.

Vicki illustrates the steps for for drawing her Biscus tangle below. Showgirl is a variation of Biscus using teardrop shapes instead of triangles and produces quite a different look. Be sure to visit the link above for the instructions for Showgirl and more of Vicki’s beautiful artwork.

How to draw BISCUS by Vicki Bassett

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