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How to draw ANTIDOTS

Zentangle pattern: Antidots. 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.Here’s another fun “loopy” tangle pattern for you. Anita Roby-Lavery is one of the many proud graduates of the recently-held CZT® training, the sixth graduating class.

She writes that her tangle pattern Antidots was inspired by a filler design used by long arm quilters, “since (theoretically) it can be done in one long continuous stroke.

New to Zentangle, only been doing it since the beginning of this year. No artistic ability when it comes to drawing, which is why this is interesting to me. Along w/ the fact that yes, I do find this one way of getting my mind beyond bothersome things. I live in NW PA, where the closest interstate is 45 minutes away, and the closest large city (think Pittsburgh or Erie) is almost 2 hrs away.

Anita is the first CZT® in the northwestern Pennsylvania area. “I don’t tweet or twitter or facebook or even have a website; just a telephone and a computer.

Zentangle pattern: Antidots. 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.Antidots is a very simple, fun pattern to draw and develops differently every time you create it. Anita says she sometimes fills in the first loop, so here I played around with a few embellishments to see where they’d lead. Reminds me of the oyster beds I see outside my windows in the tidal river. And hey, did you notice my bold foray into stippling the background in my first example? 🙂

Anita illustrates the steps for drawing her tangle pattern Antidots below. “Use 2 or 3 loops, and draw them without lifting your pen.

Step-by-step instructions for drawing the tangle pattern ANTIDOTS

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Thanks for sharing Antidots, Anita!

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19 comments to How to draw ANTIDOTS

  • Kim

    Unfortunately, the Tangle pattern described at McTavish is not correct. Reading Anitarl’s description and definition of McTavish would indicate she is not a quilter! Yes, McTavishing is a unique background filler pattern used by long arm and domestic quilters alike. The pattern Anitarl refers to as McTavish is known as headbands or bananas or Carylflowers (Caryl Bryer Fallert), or many others. Perhaps Anitarl could change the name of her Tangle to Oyster Beds as she mentions it reminds her of.

    • Linda Farmer

      Thanks for the clarification, Kim. As you can tell, I am not a quilter. And it was I that mentioned the tangle reminds me of oyster beds.

      I don’t personally see any problem with Anita’s name for the pattern as this is Zentangle, not quilting, and she was simply inspired by quilting for the pattern. Am I being naive?

  • Mary S.

    I think this could quickly become one of my favorite tangles. My only complaint is that it’s hard to stop. I find myself wanting to put this on everything–even meeting notes!

  • Nana711

    Really like this design, and the 2 samples you included. It always helps to see how others interpret use of the tangles.

    Linda F – I have been looking for a way to e-mail you directly, but can’t find an address on the site. Can you direct me to it? Thanks.

  • KC

    I like the name McTavish, and Anita, I love your loopy pattern, thanks for sharing.

  • Erin O

    Personally, I think its an awesome tangle no matter what you call it. I tried this one out yesterday on the Diva challenge and it came out awesome. Thanks so much for the new tangle!

  • Darla

    I am a quilter and am disappointed that the name of this pattern may remain “McTavish” as it looks nothing like Karen’s long-arm quilting filler pattern. I think it is a disservice to use her name for something that doesn’t even closely resemble the pattern that she is famous for–the world over–especially as the reason used for picking this name references someone all in the quilting world would know, if they do any quilting fillers. Now, that tangling is becoming a ‘new’ thing in our world, the discrepancy will cause confusion over there, even if it doesn’t seem important here in this world.

  • Ethel

    This was so much fun to do-and totally relaxing. I really don’t care what the pattern is called-I just need ways to de-stress and have found tangling does just that! Thanks for sharing, Anita.

  • Linda Farmer

    Since this pattern seemed to generate some heated emotion among quilters with its original name, I wrote to Karen McTavish to ask for her thoughts. I did not receive a reply from her, however I did receive a request from her publisher to change the name.

    Thus Anita has renamed it to “Antidots”. I tried to persuade her to call it “Anita”, but she was too modest to go for that. It’s a great pattern and thanks again to Anita for sharing it.

  • Darla

    Linda & Anita –
    I appreciate your considerations on this matter and fun, new name. I do love this pattern; it is quick and relaxing to do.

  • This is such a cute pattern. I love it!

  • Cheryl

    I love it, thanks for sharing! I have a feeling I will be using this pattern often! 🙂

  • kelley

    I think it’s ridiculous that it matters what any of them are called…. I love to Zentangle and it doesn’t matter to me what they are named. Thank you so very much for this great site… Sooooo many inspirations!!!! 🙂

  • Mary

    I agree with Kelley. How people can become so heated and angry over what the artist of a wonderful Zentangle decided to name her creation, something associated with relaxation, peace of mind/soul, and meditation is uncalled for. I love this pattern and appreciate this site, Thank you Linda!, and everyone who has taken the time to contribute to it. Many Blessings, Much Love, Light, and Happiness to all!!!

  • EEEK! I LOVE this tangle! Thank you for sharing! I have purchased all the books and haven’t stopped getting the hang of this yet! Thank you

  • Carol LeBlanc

    This is probably the most fun, beautiful, easy tangle I have learned to date. Thanks for sharing!

  • uncomplicated but nice tangle, I like this pattern very much, thank you!

  • Elaine

    This is a fun one.

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