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How to draw PUFFY 8’S

Zentangle pattern: Puffy 8's. 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.It’s always fun to get a new tangle from Aussie artist Helen Williams and Puffy 8’s is a pretty one to start our week.

Like its family of tangles around Double 8’s and Pebble Flower, and indeed many of Helen’s tangles, Puffy 8’s makes liberal use of the Zentangle® technique of aura-ing.

Puffy 8’s begins with a dot grid of offset rows, then simple figure 8’s are added in a systematic way to fill in the interstices.

Interstices – The small spaces between or within tangles. ~ Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1.

Field notes: I overlooked this myself in my first attempt at Puffy 8’s, so I’ll point out you might want to note that the alternating rows of figure 8’s are drawn at an angle from the rest. Makes a difference 😉 Turning your tile as you tangle is also important to keep your drawing hand in a comfortable position and avoids tangling at awkward angles.

Helen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Puffy 8’s here on her blog. She also demonstrates it in a grid-free free-form version.

Update January 14, 2017: Helen has just added this video for Puffy 8’s here on her blog.

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 helenw for more of Helen’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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