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How to draw HI-Cs

Zentangle pattern: Hi-Cs. 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.This is such a great tangle! Hi-Cs was created by CZT® Anita Roby-Lavery of Oil City, PA, home of the beginnings of the petroleum industry in the USA and now a tourist destination featuring “oil heritage sites, nature trails and Victorian architecture.”

Hi-Cs is a fine example of Zentangle® and how tangles that appear complicated to draw, simply come together nicely one deliberate stroke after another. Anita is also the creator of tangle patterns 2-N-5 and Antidots.

Hi-Cs has several looks to it, and Anita demonstrates those below in her step-by-step instructions and her sample Zentangle. In my example here, I chose to start out with a grid that became part of the tangle like Anita’s white-on-black tile below. I added a touch of shading too.

In her instructions Anita shows how you can rotate the repeating design and come up with a totally different look. I think you’re going to love this tangle – it’s my new favorite!

Hi-Cs tangle pattern by Anita Roby-Lavery

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Here is Anita’s white-on-black Zentangle® featuring a monotangle of Hi-Cs.

Hi-Cs tangle pattern by Anita Roby-Lavery

Thanks, Anita!

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16 comments to How to draw HI-Cs

  • wow, I love this design. It reminds me of fireworks.

  • Melanye Narcarti

    Oh, I love this one!! For sure, I will use it!!

  • Caren

    I love this! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Eden

    I like the look of this! Broken down it is really just Betweed twice. It is very reminiscent of a Fleur d lis… Too bad it came to my Inc box just a little too late to use in the Mardi GRAS challenge at The Diva last week!

  • Penny

    This is so pretty.I will definitly try this one!

  • Andrea

    Great tangle Anita! Thanks so much for sharing it with us on Tangle Patterns! This is so easy and yet so classy looking!!! I have a new love in this tangle! I bet we will see this one popping up all over! I hope that we will see this one in the Diva’s Challenge..I would love to see what all of those tanglers will do with it! Thanks again!

  • Chris Clark

    I really like this. I will try it in my next piece.
    2-N-5 by the way is one of my absolute favorites. I use it a lot. It’s easy, but adds such a clean neat effect to any piece. Thanks for sharing another great design.


  • Gerri

    I love Betweed, so I love this as well. Such a beautiful pattern!

  • Cindy Straight

    I love this! Can’t wait to practice and try this out. Thank you for an elegant, lovely tangle.

  • Thanks for Hi-C, I just tried it and it looks great! It looks very elegant. Thanks, Anita, for sharing.

  • Great tangle! Thanks for the directions!

    I tried to add this to Pinterest, but was sad to see that you are not allowing Pinterest pins. Is there a particular reason why? I think Pinterest brings more exposure to sites, and ultimately more traffic, which I would think would be a good thing…?

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Jill, thanks for your comment and your question about Pinterest. Okay, here goes. I have a special bee in my bonnet about Pinterest.

      I hate how Pinterest violates copyright laws left and right, especially for artists. It may be okay for companies selling products because they don’t care about their images being used without their permission. Hey it’s free marketing for them – and they don’t have to do any work for it, everyone else is doing it for them.

      But for artists and photographers it is just not good at all. This article: explains exactly why I am not a fan.

      (That rant being said, it’s possible to pin my TanglePatterns badge on Pinterest because it’s hosted outside my server.)

  • Very interesting article, and I can certainly see the author’s (and your) point. I wonder if Pinterest will be dealing with any copyright lawsuits in the near future? (or if maybe they have already had any issues with this).

    I must admit that I LOVE Pinterest, but that I’ve not always checked to see that an image is correctly linked/credited, but will certainly be more aware of that now. Thanks for your reply and the link to that post – the author states the issues very well.

  • What a great tangle! Betweed is one of my very favorites, so of course this is going right to the top of my list. I love patterns that look very detailed and complicated, but are really quite simple. And this certainly meets that criteria! Thanks for breaking this pattern down for us, Anita.

  • Beryl Prusinoski

    Just found this one while looking thru the H’s. It’s great! So easy. Thanks.

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