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How to draw ZAP

Zentangle pattern: Zap. 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 playing with Ohio tangler Joan Stark’s Zap tangle.

Zap is another radial-style tangle and we’ve had quite a few of those lately. It’s also similar to several of our “floral” style tangles – Arc Flower, Mumsy, and Su-sy come to mind – but the shape of Zap‘s “petals” is unique and makes the end result also quite different.

Joan writes,

ZAP starts with a small orb. It is surrounded by 3-pointed jagged edge designs.

The next step is to add another circular row of 3-pointed jagged edge designs.

After that, I went to 5-pointed jagged edges. As the ZAP gets larger, the number of points really doesn’t matter.

Fill in any empty space with a jagged edge. When you are satisfied with your tangle, aura it.

I think ZAP looks like an electrical explosion!

In my step-out I used ZAP as a radial-style design — and also as a border!

Zentangle pattern: Zap. 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.Zap, I might note, is a pretty good depiction of my nerves on several weeks of antihistamines. Said our doctor’s nurse: “It’s a killer allergy season!” On the right, my Zap example from above with Step 6’s aura added and graphite added to the background edges. Wasn’t sure which version I wanted to use so here’s both 🙂

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zap below and she features it in an “electrifying” ZIA drawing with variations in a ribbon-style frame.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zap, tangle and deconstruction by Joan Stark. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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