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How to draw 3V

Zentangle pattern: 3V. 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’s bold Art Deco-like tangle is another fine one from Taiwan CZT Mina (Ping-Min) Hsiao.

She writes that her inspiration for 3V comes from the shape of a crown.

Like many of you, I love geometric tangles. This easy grid-based tangle can also be drawn “grid-free” as you’ll see in Mina’s examples below. Note the position of the peak of each V in the grid square: the first is at the half-way point and the second and third V’s each divide the remaining space in half.

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 3V here. In her monotangle Zentangle® example Mina rotates the grid seeds (or reticula) to achieve various combinations.

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Image copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate the tangles from this site in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to any page. However the artists and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Mina included two versions of the steps, noting that her favorite way to draw it is the one below, a continuous line version, as she finds it more relaxing. With these steps she shows how 3V works without a grid, drawn along a simple line.

Image copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate the tangles from this site in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to any page. However the artists and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Image copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate the tangles from this site in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to any page. However the artists and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Mina included two beautiful Zendala examples of 3V and another Zentangle tile. Here V3 is combined with her 4Fun tangle.

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Zentangle tile illustrating 3V as a border or ribbon tangle:

3v-zentangle4-mina-hsiao-ping-min-hsiaoAnd a lovely minimalist Zendala.

3v-zendala5-mina-hsiao-ping-min-hsiao

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours.

Check out the tag minah for more of Mina’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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14 comments to How to draw 3V

  • Beth S

    Oh, wow! I really love this tangle! It is so simple, yet it has such complicated looking results! Oh the many different ways it can be drawn too! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Simply GORGEOUS!! Thank you, Mina and Linda, for sharing!! I’m so excited to play with it!

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    This looks really interesting. At first I thought it was “just” another grid tangle, but your tangles and the options you included make it much more than that. I can’t wait to get to my drawing table to give this a try! Thank you for sharing, Mina!

  • I really love that minimalist zendala! Lovely pattern! Thank you!

  • nancy pearson

    Mina this pattern is beautiful! I think I can practice and get the grid portion but the variations look a little more challenging for me. But I will master them! Thank you for sharing this pattern and the wonderful variations. Very nice!! As always, thank you Linda for your part in making it possible to view, learn and appreciate all of the artists that make their way to your website. Nancy

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      You are most welcome, Nancy. Thanks so much for your kind words of support, they are most appreciated.

      I want to also express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who leaves comments on the site.

      Though I don’t often reply unless there’s a question to be answered, I am always thankful to each and every one who contributes. When you see your comment appear, be assured I’m sending you warm hugs of gratitude through the ether! 🙂

  • bernath

    MAGNIFIQUES ++++++++++++++++

  • Melena

    I’ve been out of town and finally caught up with the new tangles. I love this one. So many possibilities. Thank you for sharing it with us Mina.

  • Annette Carlo

    Oh wow!!! I can’t wait to give this a try! Mina, you always have the most unique tangles!! Thank you for sharing them with us ?

  • MonaLisaK

    I really really like this one and will definitely try it right away and print the step-by-step for my personal “guide of zentangles”. Thank you for sharing your innovation with us.

  • Margaret

    Appreciate sharing the tangles so generously! Loved folloiwng it step by step without any fear or inhibitions! That’s the fun!Thanks a ton!

  • Jan Bright

    This is so much fun to draw! And it lends itself to so many variations. Thank you!

  • Anne-Marie Smith

    Lovely tangle, the different ways you use it are amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Nancy Pearson

    I love 3V. I have to concentrate on the monotangle to get it in the right direction and then I had to use all of my brain cells to figure out the line version. Which is beautiful. Thank you to Mina (Ping-Min) for this beautiful tangle and thank you, Linda, for your version. Looks like I am going to be doing 3 x 3V=ENJOYMENT! Nancy

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