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How to draw RIXTY

Zentangle pattern: Rixty. 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.Unique, fun and incredibly versatile, Rixty is the latest new Zentangle®-original tangle introduced to the tangling world by the founders of Zentangle®.

Maria created Rixty in honor of a very special occasion for Rick last month and the CZTs have been playing with it and teaching it for the last few weeks. Now it’s everyone’s turn!

As we all patiently (well, maybe some of us) await the promise of spring and all the wonders it brings, we want to share with all of you the gift I gave him for his 60th birthday that we recently celebrated. … Creating this new tangle was more difficult than usual. As most of you know, Rick sort of gravitates towards straight line tangles and I, on the other hand, am a bit on the curvy side . . . But I put all my preferences aside and presented him with rixty. Our daughter Martha came up with the name rixty. Pretty cool, I think.

Rick writes,

This tangle is initially taught with a triangle base. However, rixty is one of those tangles which is a system (like tripoli or bales) that can be done with many different forms . . . once you understand the step-out. … Our objective in creating any tangle is to use just a few elemental strokes in an easily repeatable pattern.

Zentangle pattern: Rixty. 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.Maria illustrates the steps for drawing the basic Rixty here, and offers a bunch of ways to play with the new tangle: Whirling, Diverging, Spoking (my example above), Line Dancing (on right), Helixin, Trixty, Tethered, Renegade, Mooking, Cremini, and Chainging Rixties. Whew … tons of fun! Some of these variations you’ll need to learn from your local CZT, so “Contact a CZT in your area to explore more of rixty’s potential.”

UPDATE December 14, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 12 video starting at 14:21 Martha and Molly demonstrate how to tangle Rixty.

Day 12‘s video includes Tipple, Zinger, Vega, Verdigogh, and Rixty.

Check out the tag zentangle for more Zentangle®-original tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

Related Links

  • Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle.
  • Un motif n’est pas toujours un tangle — Qu’est-ce qu’un tangle ?
  • Un diseño no es siempre un tangle — ¿Qué es un tangle?
  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
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  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals

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1 comment to How to draw RIXTY

  • judy morgan

    #mariatovar’sinklessbrilliance

    By tile #4, I had goosebumps. Such a simple, unique creative expression. Just W O W !! I’m going to do this dry, and then play with distress oxide ink pad inks and a water brush…Great job, Maria. Thank you for sharing.

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