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How to draw 2A

Zentangle pattern: 2A. 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 cool geometric tangle is 2A from Taiwan CZT Mina Hsiao and this makes an even dozen and an interesting variety of tangles she has on the site.

Mina writes that her inspiration for 2A comes from the letter A.

“A” always means good or excellent.  Zentangle lets me get better and better.

I used “double A” to create my new pattern (2A).”

As you can see in Mina’s steps illustration below the two letter A’s are superimposed on each other at Step 3, one right side up and the other upside down.

You might find this tangle requires a little more focus than usual. I did. When I was doing my example I ended up creating a grid of X’s as in Mina’s Step 2 (a diamond grid) and from there it was easy to sort out the rest of the tangle with the inner auras in all the right places.

And as there is “no right side up” in the Zentangle® art form, I’ve shown my example above at 90 degrees to Mina’s steps.

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 2A here and in her tiles below Mina used various tangle enhancers to vary her tangle.

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This tile is the version I used to create my example of 2A and I added shading as Mina has done above. This variation is an eye-catching design.

In her second tile, Mina uses the tangle enhancer rounding for a variation on the original tangle.

Tile 2 of 2A with rounding

Mina’s third tile features the dewdrop tangle enhancer. When you visit the ZENTANGLES > ZENTANGLE TERMINOLOGY page and look up dewdrop, there’s a link to CZT Lynn Mead’s excellent tutorial on how to create this effect on your tiles. Mina has created a wonderful example of this enhancer.

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.

Like some help with shading your Zentangles?

It's fun and easy — forget about the traditional "art rules" for shading, this is Zentangle and those rules do not apply!

As we are coached in the chapter on Shading in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1, "Ignore the light source ... in Zentangle shading we do not consider the type or direction of the light source. ... More often, shading is a component of the tangle itself that we use to play with dimension, emphasis, and contrast."

Everything you need to know is here in two free tutorials on TanglePatterns.

  1. TanglePatterns Shading Mini Clinic, Part 1 by CZT Marizaan van Beek, and
  2. TanglePatterns Shading Mini Clinic, Part 2 by CZT Sandy Bartholomew

You can always locate these and many other helpful tutorials by visiting the TUTORIALS tab on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar as shown here:

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2 comments to How to draw 2A

  • Judy Stough

    I like geometric Tangle Patterns too! I particularly like the ‘dewdrop’ Mina added as it is certainly an interesting point of interest. Thank you, Mina for this pattern.

    And, thank you Linda for ALL the work you do in keeping this magnificent and helpful site going.

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    OMG..”Dewdrop” A new enhancer!! This technique is amazing…Going right now to look this up!!!

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