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How to draw FE-BA

Zentangle pattern: Fe-Ba. © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing IN ANY FORM including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission.On Wednesday morning — well before I had even posted Judy Murphy’s Calix — I received an email from Taiwan CZT Lisa Chang with her Fe-Ba tangle.

Aside from the odd-to-me coincidence of their similarity, I thought Fe-Ba was an excellent tangle to add today to demonstrate how such a small change to the way a pattern is drawn can completely change the end result.

This is Lisa’s first tangle on the site and she’s a member of the CZT19 class where many folks from Taiwan became Certified Zentangle Teachers.

Fe-Ba is also similar to Lynn Mead’s very popular Fassett, but it is a grid-based tangle where Lynn’s is drawn in a completely different way using triangles to start.

Lisa writes that she was out for a walk on a mountain road and saw some wild flowers that were her inspiration for Fe-Ba. When these particular wildflowers go to seed, they can fly everywhere and thus the name for Lisa’s tangle.

With these beautiful flowers to show the vitality of nature, I named these flowers Fe-Ba, Chinese pronunciation means ‘to fly’.

The little touch of shading in the middle makes such a difference to the look of this tangle. Be sure to use something, like a tortillion, to smudge your pencil to achieve a smooth, softer shading effect.

Lisa illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Fe-Ba below and features it in a beautiful Zentangle® tile along with the Zentangle-original tangle Pokeroot.

Zentangle pattern: Fe-Ba. Image © Lisa Chang and TanglePatterns.

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At first I was a little confused when I looked at Lisa’s Zentangle above, Fe-Ba didn’t seem to match how the end result from the steps looked. But after a bit a light bulb went off and I looked at the image by tilting my head a little to one side. You’ll see if you tilt your head at Step 5, you get the same result as the tile. Update: Here’s a scan of the Zentangle above with the underlying grid marked:

fe-ba-grid-marked

Lisa also sent along this additional Zentangle with the Zentangle-originals Printemps and Msst, and CZT® Tricia Faraone’s Sanibelle:

Zentangle by Lisa Chang. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

and this ZIA (because of the color) on a Zentangle tile with CZT Norma Burnell’s Dragonair and a couple of Fescu tendrils:

Zentangle-inspired art by Lisa Chang. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Check out the tag lisac for more of Lisa’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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