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How to draw B-TWIXT

Zentangle pattern: B'Twixt. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Today is the first day of CZT22 classes (through April 6th) taking place in Providence RI, followed next week by CZT23 (April 10th-13th). The last two certification seminars of this year take place in June: CZT24 (June 19-22), and CZT25 June 26-29).

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Today’s B-Twixt tangle is from Michigan tangler Randi Wynne-Parry who’s attending one of this month’s seminars to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. B-Twixt is her first tangle on the site.

Randi introduces herself:

I’ve been tangling since February 2013 when I attended a class at the Bay Library in Bay Village, Ohio with my daughter to make Valentines. I was searching for an activity to do with my daughter who had graduated from college recently but was still living at home.

I am also a Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council of America since about 2000. I teach knitting as much as possible and am currently teaching in a Central Michigan University Gerontology Club intergenerational group teaching students and elderly.

She describes her tangle:

This could possibly be a tangleation of (the Zentangle®-original) Betweed – one of my all time favorite tangles. But it is created differently. I have thus far, three variations: all straight lines, curved lines, and rounded ends.

It starts with a single triangle. The triangles can be uniform or all different sizes and shapes.

For the curved ones, I used triangles with concave and convex sides — some look like shark fins, some look like bloated triangles — all very random.

While the inside of each triangle is like Betweed it’s the way they are built upon each other randomly that makes it different.

B-Twixt is a fun tangle to experiment with because in addition to the uniform or random size and shape triangles Randi mentions, turning each triangle in different directions changes the end result considerably. (Much like how Paradox changes shapes depending on how you orient the triangles and where you begin the first stroke in each.) You can also draw it within a totally random triangular “grid” as shown here in Step 1 of CZT Lynn Mead’s Fassett, or in any of the example grids Lynn shows in her second illustration.

And note that when you add rounding as Randi has down the left side in her example tile below, it takes on a lovely softer look that’s quite different. One tangle, lots of possibilities!

Randi demonstrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing B-Twixt below.

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Check out the tag randiwp for more of Randi’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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12 comments to How to draw B-TWIXT

  • sue

    have not commented for a while. This pattern is beautiful and i will have to have a go at it . Might just be the push i need to start any crafting again. Thank you

  • Judy Gudeman

    Hi Randi!

    The section where you rounded the corners is really interesting. I especially like how much it changes the look!

    Judy

  • Lovely and versatile! Thank you, Randi, and enjoy your seminar!

    • Randi

      Thank you Jennifer. Sadly I am not at the seminar – yet. I broke my ankle in Feb. surgery in March – no traveling , no weight on it for 4 more weeks. Plenty of time to tangle though. Going to the seminar in June!!!

  • Sue Zanker

    I have always loved Betweed and now she has a little sister! Love this pattern and it will “go” just about anywhere on a tile…..what fun ! Thank you for sharing Randi and Linda !

  • Very clever adaptation of Betweed. Will be trying it real soon as I’m mentoring a dear friend who is dealing with cancer….ugh! What spirit and punk she possesses.

  • Joan Ballett

    I have just started tangling and am still trying to learn the tangles, some of which I find extremely challenging.
    I absolutely love this tangle, as Betweed is one of my favourites.
    This looks quite challenging, but will make it next on my list to try.
    INSPIRING STUFF!

  • Beryl Prusinoski

    Great tangle. Sorry to hear about your ankle, hope you are better soon. There are some of us on the west side of Cleveland who get together for tangling once a month, if you are interested. (I live in Avon).

  • Melena

    Ooooo. I love this tangle. Thanks so much. I think it’s another of my favorites now.

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    This looks like one I’ll really like… can’t wait to get to it!!
    Thanks so much for sharing it. =D

  • Nice tangle and sorry you didn’t make the CZT 22. Would of been fun to meet you. It was an awesome seminar and you will enjoy the June CZT. And maybe the weather will be better, we had snow on Monday of the seminar in Providence.

    • Randi

      Thank you! When I watched the weather I kind of thought it was divine providence that I couldn’t go. CZT #25 will have better weather I hope! Wanting to see the area, golf maybe. So it all works out for the best. Glad you enjoyed #22!

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