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How to draw CATHEDRAL

Zentangle pattern: Cathedral. 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.Prompted by Chantal Florin’s recent MA-XIII tangle inspired by a cathedral, CZT Kathy Barringer sent along this beautiful tangle also Cathedral-inspired.

If you’re from the Albany NY area, visit Kathy’s website to learn about the classes she offers.

Kathy writes, “I came across a picture of a spectacular ceiling in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Exeter, Devon, England. I knew I had to try and deconstruct it. I’ve called it Cathedral. It’s simple, but elegant looking and unique.

This is the awesome ceiling that inspired Kathy’s Cathedral. You’ll notice that the medallions (“bosses” – we learn) where the ceiling’s ribs meet become a prominent feature in Kathy’s tangle.

“Exeter Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter at Exeter, is an Anglican cathedral, and the seat of the Bishop of Exeter, in the city of Exeter, Devon, in South West England. The present building was complete by about 1400 … The founding of the cathedral at Exeter, dedicated to Saint Peter, dates from 1050 …

There are over 400 ceiling bosses, one of which depicts the murder of Thomas Becket. The bosses can be seen at the peak of the vaulted ceiling, joining the ribs together. Because there is no centre tower, Exeter Cathedral has the longest uninterrupted medieval vaulted ceiling in the world, at about 96 m (315 ft).” ~ Wikipedia

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“In architecture, a boss is a knob or protrusion of stone or wood. Bosses can often be found in the ceilings of buildings, particularly at the keystones at the intersections of a rib vault. In Gothic architecture, such roof bosses (or ceiling bosses) are often intricately carved with foliage, heraldic devices or other decorations. Many feature animals, birds, or human figures or faces, sometimes realistic, but often grotesque: the Green Man is a frequent subject.” ~ Wikipedia

Gotta love those bosses … if you have a moment, you’ll enjoy a little reading at the links above. It’s a majestic cathedral with a long history, including being partially destroyed in WWII,

“On 4 May 1942 an early-morning air raid took place over Exeter. The cathedral sustained a direct hit by a large high-explosive bomb on the chapel of St James, completely demolishing it.”

Here are Kathy’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Cathedral. It’s very easy to draw, but trust me it requires your full focus. Kathy shows how to “turn the corner” when using Cathedral as a frame or border.

Zentangle pattern: Cathedral.

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Kathy’s very pretty Opus tile features Cathedral as a border together with the Zentangle®-original tangles Pokeleaf and Zinger.

Opus tile by CZT Kathy Barringer featuring Cathedral

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