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How to draw WATUSEE

Zentangle pattern: Watusee. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved.School has already been back in session for a week in this neck of the woods which means the dog days of Summer will soon be behind us and all the wonderful things that Autumn brings are not far away …

And this turns out to be a musical kind of week on TanglePatterns. First the Zentangle Hula, and now the Watusi.

Today’s Watusee is from CZT Virginia Lockhart and it’s her first tangle pattern on the site. Ginny is from Columbia, Maryland.

Columbia, we learn from Wikipedia,

“is a planned community comprising 10 self-contained villages, located in Howard County, Maryland—the second wealthiest county in the United States, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau figures. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents’ quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, rather than merely economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was intended to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and class segregation.

Columbia has consistently ranked in the top ten of CNN Money’s Best Places to Live in America.”

The only thing that’s planned about Florida, it seems to me, is that you better plan to get in your car to go anywhere, even within the same shopping center. Though I suppose all that getting in and out of the car can be chalked up as exercise. But I digress …

Ginny writes that she created Watusee in response to a challenge to create a tangle using a letter of the alphabet. As you’ll see Watusee is formed with a cursive “C”;  C-scape is another C-based tangle with a completely different look.

Watusee makes a lovely ribbon or border-style tangle and while it is a very easy one to draw, do remember to take your time and deliberately form each and every one of those lovely “C” shapes. I used a simple aura around my example but some interesting variations can be made using an aura on the outside of each C stroke and adding fills or simply leaving it “doubled up”.

Ginny illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Watusee below and demonstrates it in a Zentangle®-inspired drawing.

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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 including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner.

 

Check out the tag virginial for more of Ginny’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

Tangle or Zentangle?

Do you know the difference between a tangle and a Zentangle?

Lately I've noticed many Zentangle newbies describing their drawings containing several patterns as "a tangle". Not so.

A tangle is one single pattern.

As described on zentangle.com, "In its verb form 'tangle' means to draw a tangle. You tangle a tangle, and in that process create Zentangle art."

A Zentangle is the finished art on a tile containing one or more tangles.

And while we're on the subject of using this wonderful art form's correct terminology, as for "Zentangling" or "Zentangled" the terms to use are tangling or tangled. 🙂

You can learn more about Zentangle's vocabulary by visiting the ZENTANGLES > ZENTANGLE TERMINOLOGY page on the top menu bar of any page.

[Originally published here.]

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