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How to draw KNIGHTSPEEK

Zentangle pattern: Knightspeek. 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.Knightspeek is a cool tangle deconstructed some time ago by Illinois CZT Donna Lacey and this is her first on the site.

Knightspeek is by way of being a tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Knightsbridge but in fact Knightspeek isn’t limited to the usual checkerboard effect, as optically interesting as that is. You could also experiment with filling the spaces created in constructing Knightspeek with other grid-based tangles.

Donna writes, “i like this one because it’s graphic and it can take up space”, and Knightspeek can indeed fit into most any section of your Zentangle tile.

For my example I didn’t add shading and yet it still has a dynamic 3D effect to it. Donna’s example includes shading, nicely emphasizing these qualities.

On flickr, look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen to download the steps.

Donna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Knightspeek here on flickr. In this ATC tile, Donna features Knightspeek with the Zentangle-original Mooka.

It’s also possible to draw Knightspeek as a grid-based tangle itself, as CZT Daniel Lamothe demonstrates here.

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 donnal for more of Donna’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

A word about rulers

Many great tangles begin with an underlying inked grid and they are always drawn freehand.

"Just as we point out that there's no eraser in a Zentangle Kit, there's also no ruler. ... With a relaxed focus and leaving rulers and preconceived notions aside, expect to be surprised and delighted." ~ Zentangle blog.

I've noticed quite a few "Zentangles" — and even tangle instructions — around the net where a some type of straight edge, stencil or other mechanical aid has been used to draw the underlying grid. Or even (egad!) to draw straight lines (or circles) making up the pattern within a Zentangle. As CZT Sandy Hunter writes, "there is no zen to be had in the preoccupation with perfection."

Zentangle is all about you and your pen

So put away the rulers and experience the Zen.

🙂

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