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How to draw FLAPPER

Zentangle pattern: Flapper. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved.Flapper is a new and incredibly versatile tangle from Huntsville, Alabama, tangler Cheryl Lees-Haley and it’s her first on the site.

Cheryl writes that Flapper is “a very simple pattern that can be used as a single element, but it really comes into its own as a grid seed (3 ways to do it!) or when combined to make ribbons, circles or other shapes. I’ve called it ‘Flapper’ because it has sort of a deco look and because it has ‘flaps’.

Cheryl tells us a little about herself:

“I found Zentangle® in January of 2014 when looking for an art technique that would travel well. It has turned into so much more than that!

I have traveled with my tiles and pens, but more importantly, tangling has kept my sanity through a very trying time when both of my parents were gravely ill, in and out of ER’s and hospital rooms. My 93-year-old mother passed away, but my 95-year-old father recovered.

I was so shaken by the whole experience that I couldn’t read or even watch TV to take my mind off of what was happening, but I could tangle. And tangle I did, hundreds of tiles.
 
To end on a happier note, I’m back to traveling the world and my father has taken up watercolor as a new hobby, which goes to show that it is never too late for art to enrich your life.”

Cheryl has used Maria’s “grid seed” concept to develop her tangle. For my example I used the variation Cheryl shows in the upper left of Step 6 below. As I mentioned to start, Flapper is a very versatile tangle and Cheryl includes a sheet of examples giving you some idea of ways Flapper can be varied.

Cheryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Flapper below and features it in a beautiful Zentangle tile with several variations.

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Here Cheryl uses Flapper to construct a lovely mandala.

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And here is the sheet Cheryl shares to illustrate a few ways you can play with this tangle, as she notes there are “endless variations, combinations and embellishments“.

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Check out the tag cheryllh for more of Cheryl’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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6 comments to How to draw FLAPPER

  • Cheryl Lees-Haley

    Thank you, Linda, for including my pattern, “Flapper” on TanglePatterns.com. I use this site almost daily and am so grateful for all you do to provide this wonderful resource to the tangling community. It’s an honor to have a pattern appear here and to think that it is a small contribution to the art form. I hope everyone has fun with “Flapper.”

  • Sue Zanker

    Thank you Cheryl for sharing your pattern and thanks Linda for putting it “up there” for us all. It very much looks like a “keeper” to me and I know I shall have fun with it and all its tangleations!

  • Tracy McDonald

    Wow! and Wow! and more Wow’s! My-Oh-My! Such variety along with STYLE ! [Get the impression I like this one?] Tee! Hee!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Love your new pattern! I am anxious to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Judy Gudeman

    Wow–very creative variations! Good Job! The mandala reminds me of a Christmas Wreath.

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, NV, USA

    I love Flapper!! So easy to draw, so fun to vary, and so pleasing to look at. Thank you, Cheryl! It’s a winner. 🙂

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