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Zentangle pattern: Summer Sitter. 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.Summer Sitter is a tangle pattern by Karry Heun and this is her first pattern on the site.

Karry’s steps for drawing Summer Sitter start out with the same “seed” shapes, although oriented quite differently, we saw recently in the very popular Mi2 (Me Too) tangle by Mimi Lempart. Zentangle® founder Rick Roberts’ great tip/tutorial for drawing the evenly spaced seeds for Mi2 comes in very handy with this tangle too.

Karry’s steps suggest embellishing the open spaces similar to her pattern inspiration photo below, but I opted for some simple shading. Looks like it’s time to retire my trusty blending stump (tortillion) at long last, it’s way too loaded with graphite.*Sniff* it’ll be sad to say goodbye.

Karry introduces herself and her tangle:

I live in St Louis with my husband and 2 children. I wear many hats, but trend towards the creative. I have a small fine art photography business called ‘Hen Pecked Homestead’.  I discovered Zentangle about 6 months ago through a friend who mentioned that her daughter did it and it sparked my interest. So I looked it up, and I’ve been hooked ever since! My husband jokes that he doesn’t want to fall asleep before me for fear that I may tangle him…(I’m not gunna lie, the thought has crossed my mind…).

On to how I got the name ‘summer sitter’.  The inspiration for the pattern came from a patio chair (hence–‘summer sitter’) that I saw while out shopping. The back of the chair was wrought iron and made of eye pleasing interlacing circles. I snapped a picture and proceeded to try to figure out a way to produce it without my brain exploding. After a couple days of fiddling I got it!  It was pretty fun. Kinda like taking apart the tv and putting it back together just to see how it works (by the way, that is a task that I would never EVER attempt).  As I’ve played with it in various tangles, I’ve found that there are many pretty variations.

Karry’s photo of her pattern inspiration:

Inspiration for Summer Sitter

And here are her steps for drawing her Summer Sitter tangle.

Karry Heun's Summer Sitter steps

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Thanks for sharing, Karry!

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11 comments to How to draw SUMMER SITTER

  • this looks fun! i’m still working on Mi2, once i get the hang of it i will move on to this one – i like the cross grid and stars!

  • Eden

    Love the photo! The basic pattern looks just like Mi2 on point, but the construction is a bit different. It is fun to think of things to do in the open spaces.

    • Linda Farmer

      Though it is similar to Mi2 in construction, Mi2’s pattern runs vertically where this one runs diagonally and has quite a different net effect.

  • Noah Adelman

    Thats a great pattern! Good job Sis!

  • Thanks so much for putting my pattern on your site! I’m so excited! There’s more of my work in my business Facebook page here-

  • Pamela Scott

    Can’t wait to try this!Mi2 is one of my favorites!I never tried taking apart a tv but when I was 3 I took apart my mom broken alarm clock, when I put it back together it started working and she went back to using it for several years after! Of course I’d never be able to do that again!

  • Susannah Ayres-Thomas

    Beautiful tangle! Well done…I’m really going to enjoy playing with this. So, thank you for your contribution to the tangle lexicon!

  • Wow, you are so creative…..It is quite beautiful and takes me to a place on my motoryacht, The KarryAnne, sitting on my aft deck, sipping a wine cooler, and looking at patterns on the not nearly as lovely as yours on our own deck chairs…..

  • Kahna Emery

    The inspiration pattern on the patio chair is simply intriguing! It’s like a puzzle. — Your tangle looks like great fun but I can’t figure out how to get from step 2 to step 3; do I turn the design the opposite direction after step 2? In the meantime I will be working-or I mean playing with it! Thank you for sharing.

    • Linda Farmer

      If you’re still confused, try focusing on and thinking about Karry’s written instructions above the steps rather than looking at the images. See if that helps.

      • Karry

        Thanks for all of the lovely and encouraging comments! As for the jump from step 2 to step 3, sometimes I turn my paper, but be aware that if you do that the written instructions won’t work. Good luck! I would love to see some of your renditions. Feel free to visit my Facebook page and upload a picture. Just google hen pecked homestead, I’m not sure if you have to ‘like’ the page or not to be allowed to share a picture. Happy tangling. ?

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