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How to draw PAPZ

Zentangle pattern: Papz. 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 we’re visiting Europe! Either a new tangle or an unusual “squared ogee” grid, Papz is another interesting one from Swedish tangler Anita Aspfors Westin.

Papz is Anita’s fourth tangle on the site, including Natti, Lenche and LO’s.

Anita writes,

Papz is made as a celebration to my Dad’s 88th birthday.

I originally made Papz as a painting in the late 90ies. I found the start of it in Sicily. I saw an very very old wallpainting (from an old Greek theater in Taormina) that was in pieces, in black, white and ochre.

It is easy to learn and there are lots of possible variations and embellishments to do.

Anita’s Papz celebrated his 88th birthday on April 19, just a few days before my Mom celebrated hers.

Papz is so easy to do and as Anita points out, there are many possible ways to fill the empty Papz “grid” with embellishments to create variations. My example uses a just couple of them.

I was surprised to see how the crosses I used in the outer columns produced a series of connected double arrows. As is often the case, I found I got the best results by tangling Papz horizontally from the instructions. I seem to have better line control compared to pulling the stroke downwards towards me.

Anita illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Papz here on her blog where she demonstrates it in a monotangle Zentangle® tile where simple shading creates cool variation.

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 anitaaw for more of Anita’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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A word about rulers

Many great tangles begin with an underlying inked grid (reticula) 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."

Here's what I say ...

Zentangle is all about you and your pen

So put away the rulers and experience the Zen.

and you may quote me. 🙂

Enhance your Zentangle experience ...

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