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How to draw BALES

Zentangle pattern: Bales. 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.Bales is a fun tangle pattern to draw and uses a grid to get started. Simple rice shapes built around the grid in both directions complete the tangle.

Bales offers an almost mind-boggling array of possible variations include adding different shapes between the “flowers” (dots, circles, diamonds, etc.), shading, and filling in shapes as the pattern takes form.

The Zentangle® instructions of this original tangle by Maria Thomas are here. Maria also shows how using some of the variants mentioned above change the look of this pattern.

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UPDATE: November 11, 2017 – Project Pack #01. In this project series, in the two videos below CZT Martha Huggins (Maria’s daughter) demonstrate Bales using White Sakura Gelly Roll Pens on black Zentangle tiles.

In the first video (7:29) Martha uses a diamond shape in place of the usual Bales rice or seed shape for a lovely variation.

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In this second video (5:13) from Project Pack #01, Martha demonstrates Bales using its regular rice/seed shape.

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Update: December 11, 2017 – Project Pack #02. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition, Rick Roberts tangles a variation of Bales starting with Florz (at 9:57).

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UPDATE December 10, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 8 video starting at 04:05 CZT Julie Willand of Zentangle HQ demonstrates how to tangle Bales.

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UPDATE July 18, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Maria tangles Bales starting at 34:25 in this video.

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UPDATE July 23, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Maria tangles Bales at 24:12.

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UPDATE July 25, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Maria tangles a variation of Bales starting at 18:30.

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UPDATE May 22, 2021 – Project Pack #14. As part of the Accessing the Artist Within project pack, Molly and Martha tangle Striping, Sampson, Bales, and Tipple on the “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” spread in the custom booklet.

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Sandy Bartholomew provides her instructions and insights about drawing Bales here.

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1 comment to How to draw BALES

  • Henny

    Hi Linda, I’ve just started drawing the tangles from the guide into my own notebook and initially looked at this one with apprehension as I thought I was going to have to draw what looks like almost perfect circles. However, I was amazed when I saw how simple it really is after following the link. I love this one and am using it to fill all the blank spaces in my sketch pad!

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