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How to draw PAPERMINT

Zentangle pattern: Papermint. 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.Congratulations to the CZT30 certification graduating class! Another fine group of Zentangle® enthusiasts can venture forth around the world to share the Zentangle love …

Texas CZT Sandy Hunter’s sweet Papermint tangle is the subject of our explorations today.

Sandy writes that she discovered Papermint

while I tagged along with various members of my family to Chuck E Cheese.

I did, I’m sure, what most normal people do… pretended I was tangling on the beach with a mai tai and not surrounded on all sides by a riot of screaming children. ;o)

Zentangle is so great for that… temporary mental relocation for the cost of a pen and a tile!

Papermint is an absorbing tangle to draw, and as Sandy notes “it is not a fast pattern to draw“. It starts with orbs of various sizes which are then subdivided into sections around the edges. Varying the number of strokes around the circumference of each orb gives a different end result as you can see in my example where I used 6, 8 and 10. Those little strokes are then connected with a “swoop” and I really enjoyed that part of the Papermint construction.

A touch of shading in the centers gives dimension to Papermint, “A little shading adds some oomph… do you see innies or outies?” I see tasty Papermints!

Sandy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Papermint here on her blog and she gives lots of detailed tips to guide you with some lovely examples to inspire your Papermint efforts.

Sandy’s post also includes a Zentangle tile featuring Papermint together with Zentangle’s dewdrop tangle-enhancer, and a link to CZT Lynn Mead’s Dew Drop tutorial. (You can also find this tutorial link on the ZENTANGLE TERMINOLOGY page.) Dewdrop is one of six Zentangle enhancers which include auras, perfs, rounding, shading and sparkle.

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4 comments to How to draw PAPERMINT

  • Linda Dochtr, CZT

    This is simple elegance. Thank you, Sandy.

    Could you please tell me the process you follow to subdivide a circle into 10 equal parts. Thank you.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Good question as I did my example a while ago. Let’s see if I can remember …

      I’m reasonably sure what I did was use that old way we learned of drawing a 5-pointed star but just “air drawing” and putting dots/points around the circumference. Then added another point/dot between each = 10. Then used those dots as the starting points for the strokes in Step 2.

      Make sense?

  • I just love papermint. Uniformity and consistency of strokes are not needed, just relax and go for it. I could do it all day long. Thanks to Sandy Hunter!

  • Yulia Folkman, CZT

    Such a cutie! I think it asks for a zengem 😉
    Thank you Sandy and Linda for sharing!

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