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How to draw TRINITY

Zentangle pattern: Trinity. Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Remembering 9/11/2001

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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German CZT Stephanie Kiefhaber shares her deconstruction of Trinity with us today, and it’s her first on the site.

Generally speaking Celtic knots are not “deconstructable” so they can be drawn as a tangle for Zentangle®, the complex structures usually require planning and often pencil guidelines. This means the pattern is not a tangle.

But Trinity requires no pencil guidelines and Stephanie has come up with a cleverly simple deconstruction for us to enjoy exploring as a grid-based tangle, a ribbon-style tangle or as a stand-alone free-form tangle.

This form is known by several names including triquetra, trefoil and Trinity Knot, has been used by many different cultures through the ages, and also has several variations in shapes. Check out the Wikipedia entry for more on the subject.

Stephanie writes,

“I was always fascinated by Celtic designs and the triquetra is surely known to most people, being an ancient symbol of Celtic origin with many connotations.

But as a tangle pattern it would have to be easy to draw without ruler, compass and other equipment. So I deconstructed it to make it easier to draw freehand.

Although it can be placed randomly (just imagine the triangular shape you want to achieve and lead your lines into the Corners of this triangle), it is of course a wonderful border tangle, too.

All you need is a triangle or better a bunch of triangles arranged in any way that pleases you.

Three things to keep in mind:

      1. Give your starting triangle outward curved sides in Step 1.
      2. Follow those curves until you reach the (imagined) bisector of the corresponding angle (don’t bother, you will soon get a feel for this)
      3. If you work within a triangular grid , place the curved triangle with corners pointing to the middle of the sides of the grid triangle.

This all sounds difficult, but it isn’t, trust me. Just have a go and enjoy.”

I found Trinity surprisingly not hard to do! 🙂

For Stephanie’s second tip above, it might be simpler to think of following the curve of the triangles you created (in Step 1) while aiming in the general direction of the corner of the triangle grid but not going as far as. (Bisectors and angles might make your head hurt.)

After you’ve finished Step 5, it’s easy to use your pen to “sculpt” the triangles into better alignment with the curves if you prefer. Shading the “over-unders” (thanks Mom!) definitely adds the finesse to Trinity. Inner auras would make a pretty enhancement when you have sufficient space.

Stephanie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Trinity below where she features it in a lovely monotangle Zentangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Trinity, tangle and deconstruction by Stephanie Kiefhaber. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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For information on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
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The first page includes detailed instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

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