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How to draw SH’ROCK

Zentangle pattern: Sh'rock. 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.Sh’Rock is a tangle pattern that was born around St. Patrick’s Day. Need I say more?

Sh’Rock was deconstructed by New Hampshire CZT® Diane Lachance.

Technically as Diane has demonstrated Sh’Rock, it isn’t a shamrock but a four-leaf clover, however we can adapt Diane’s steps to tangle a 3-leaf shamrock if that’s what we want.

The story behind the pattern and the link to Maria’s illustrated step-by-step instructions for Sh’Rock are here.

UPDATE March 2022: Diane has provided steps for tangling Sh’Rock to post here for your convenience.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Sh'rock, tangle and deconstruction by Diane Lachance. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Curious about the difference between shamrocks and four-leaf clovers? Here are a couple of explanations:

Shamrocks symbolize St. Patrick’s Day because St. Patrick was a Christian missionary who used a clover to explain the Holy Trinity of Christianity, which is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He said the three leaves stand for the three beings of God, and the stem shows how they are united into one. ~ source

And …

Like England’s Rose and Scotland’s thistle, the shamrock is an iconic symbol of Irish heritage and culture. It appears on the flag of Erin Go Bragh, meaning “Ireland Forever”, was utilized by St. Patrick as a symbol of Irish identity, and can be found on the uniforms of Irish sports teams, and on the tail of the national airline, Aer Lingus. Any Saint Patrick’s day event anywhere in the world is incomplete without it. But although the use of the shamrock as Ireland’s national symbol dates back thousands of years, there appears to be a confusion about what constitutes the traditional shamrock; in particular, it appears to often be confused with the four-leafed clover.

To clear the confusion between shamrocks and four-leaf clovers, have a read here. Here’s a hint: “While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

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Guest Zentangle® by Tandika Star

This Zentangle® featuring Sh’Rock is by flickr member Tandika Star, and is used with her permission.

Zentangle® including the SH’ROCK tangle pattern, by Tandika Star. Copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Used with permission.

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