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How to draw GNARLY

Zentangle pattern: GnarlyOh boy, I love love LOVE this tangle!

Gnarly is another great tangle pattern from California tangler Barbara Finwall. Barbara has contributed several very popular tangles, Zonked being the most recent. She’s also contributed many strings all of which you can find by putting her name in the search box at the top right of any page.

Barbara explains her tangle’s name:

In my youth I had a surfer boyfriend who used the term ‘Gnarly’ for everything from great waves to great dinners. This curl pattern reminds me of a gnarly wave.

Gnarly is … well, gnarly!

Those of you who are tole or decorative painters will recognize the basic crescent, comma and teardrop brush strokes contained in Gnarly. Here’s a fun way to use them in a Zentangle with pen and ink. This tangle also looks really good if you don’t fill in all the shapes with solid color, but once I got going it was hard to stop. Very flexible and a lovely addition to any Zentangle®.

Barbara illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gnarly below and features it in a beautiful Zentangle.

How to draw GNARLY by Barbara Finwall

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