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How to draw LEX

Zentangle pattern: Lex. 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.With the continuing heartache caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas plus Typhoon Mangkhut, an even stronger storm in the Philippines and China, I needed a super, SUPER easy Monday tangle.

CZT Angie Gittles’s Lex tangle fits the requirement absolutely perfectly.

Lex is Angie’s third tangle on the site, she’s previously shared her Deeday and Flog tangles with us.

There are some tanglers who dismiss or avoid grid tangles and I think that’s a real shame. They’re missing out on the zenful comfort of the methodical construction of this type of tangle.

It matters not that your grid lines are straight because they disappear into the pattern. And as I’ve often noted, deliberately (or not) making wonky lines can add unusual interest to a tangle. Grid-based tangles fill up a tile so easily too. They shouldn’t be overlooked.

As Rick and Maria note in The Book of Zentangle,

If a tangle feels awkward, stay with it and watch what happens.

Many tanglers assume they won’t enjoy a particular tangle, but after playing with it, it becomes their favorite.

Lex is a very easy grid-based tangle that takes variations in shading wonderfully as Angie demonstrates in her Zentangle® tile. I also see fun possibilities for embellishment, especially with and around those little orb “stoppers” of Step 5. And what about some colorful ZIA opportunities? Sakura’s lovely, glittery Stardust Gelly Roll pens come to mind …

Angie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lex in a simple duotangle with the Zentangle-original tangle Onamato:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Lex, tangle and deconstruction by Angie Gittles. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Related Links

  • Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle.
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  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals

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