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How to draw MYKO

Zentangle pattern: MykoMyko is a tangle pattern that will keep you busy for a while if my experience is anything to go by! Deconstructed by CZT Maria Mason of Beaufort, SC, Myko is her first pattern on the site.

And right off I’ll confess my example isn’t quite the entire Myko by Maria that you’ll see below. I got to Step 5 and things started going sideways, so I filled those sections in solid — and there you have it. No mistakes in Zentangle®, only creative opportunities! (As advice columnist Ann Landers used to say, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.“) 😉

Maria writes,

I began tangling about 2 years ago. I had recently retired and was looking to explore taking an art class or two. I found Zentangle being offered locally from fellow CZT, Jane Eileen Malone, and I was immediately hooked! I guess there was some part of me that was looking for an artistic outlet, that also provided relaxation and a focus aspect. In the preceding year, I had lost my mother, so in between losing so may grounding aspects to my life, I think fate intervened and Zentangle found its way to me.

Zentangle is a daily part of my life. Actually, it is a daily need. I find myself saying, “I need to go tangle” . It’s sort of like needing that piece of chocolate! It has changed how I look at the world around me and what I view as important. It is “my time” to sort out my thoughts, which I did not prioritize for so many years.  I truly enjoy the Zentangle family. Zentangle seems to bring out a comraderie and enthusiasm between people that is contagious.

I enjoy sharing Zentangle with others and have begun teaching classes through my neighborhood Visual Arts Club.

Myko is my first tangle creation. The patterning is reminiscent of porch railings in the South, where I now reside.

While Myko is not at all difficult, it does require your total focus as you turn your tile for each step. Next time I think I’d experiment with completing Steps 3-5 in each grid square (“grid seed“) before moving on to the next. Forewarned …

Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Myko below and shows her cool version of it in an unusual monotangle.

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Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists.

Check out the tag mariam for more of Maria’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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5 comments to How to draw MYKO

  • Sharon Wrench

    Anxious to give this one a try. Love he pattern! Thank you for sharing.

  • Sue Zanker

    I have a feeling this is going to be a favourite, as I can already “see” so many different ways of doing “black ‘n’ white” patterns……..after chores and errands I shall settle for the weekend, just Myko and me!
    Thanks Maria for sharing !

  • Denise Lessels

    This is a common patchwork pattern (as are many of the designs). This pattern offers a lot of coloring variations. It can also serve as a string.

  • I really like this pattern. I drew it in my gridded tangle book. I only did one large one. I will have to try it using several little ones and see if I can do it! 🙂 Thanks Maria, for sharing.

  • Melena

    I really like this tangle. I just used it on my tile for the day. It was in Linda’s Tangle Refresher 130. I’m glad it was because I hadn’t used this one before. Next time I’ll use a bigger space though. 😀

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