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How to draw WHALESTAIL

Zentangle pattern: Whalestail. 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.Monday greetings, y’all.

If you can manage the curly bracket, you’re all set for today. Because that’s all it takes to create Jenna Black’s Whalestail tangle.

From North Carolina, this is Jenna’s first tangle on the site …

I’m the author of more that 20 novels in various speculative fiction genres, from paranormal romance, to urban fantasy, to young adult.

I got into Zentangle® almost exactly a year ago and was instantly hooked.

As someone who makes a living through writing fiction, it’s such a pleasure to be able to create without any sense of judgment and without ever having to worry about whether it’s “good enough.”

Zentangle drawing is the most negativity-free artistic endeavor I have ever encountered, and I love it!  Now a year after starting, I’m finally venturing out into creating a tangle of my own here and there.

To learn more about Jenna and her publishing career, visit her site at JennaBlack.com.

Jenna describes her inspiration for Whalestail:

This pattern was inspired by my recent cruise in Alaska. I got super excited every time we saw a whale, no matter how many times I’d seen them before, and I especially loved it when they dove and flashed their tails into the air. This pattern is inspired by the sight of those tails.

The only stroke in the whole pattern is curly brackets, and there are tons of ways to fill both the “tails” and the center. For those who have trouble drawing without a grid, you can also create a basic pen grid and then incorporate the lines into the design, as I did on the lower left of the tile. (Personally, that’s my favorite of the variations.)

Whalestail is one of those tangles that reminds us to turn our tiles to accommodate our hand’s drawing position. It’s possible to draw this entire tangle using a single stroke direction while turn – turn – turning your tile. For my example I used Jenna’s variation at the top of her tile.

Jenna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Whalestail below and in her monotangle Zentangle she shows about six different ways you can vary the basic tangle.

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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.

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 jennab for more of Jenna’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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