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How to draw FANZ

Zentangle pattern: Fanz. 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.I was looking around for a simple, uncomplicated tangle pattern for us today and happily Susan Goetter came to my rescue with Fanz, so-named “because the shapes look like little fans“.

Susan writes, “I’ve found that this is a great ‘fill’ tangle and it’s also very simple to master!

While Fanz is a very basic pattern, you can use it to fill just about any shape and it can be varied with pretty unlimited decorative elements inside each fan.

Susan uses a bold line variation in her first example and points out that “using it that way, it resembles a pine cone.” For my example I added strokes to make even it more fan-like. While Fanz is not a complicated tangle, you do have to concentrate on your spacing for a pleasing outcome.

Susan illustrates the steps for drawing Fanz here.

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3 comments to How to draw FANZ

  • Judith A Rowland

    You do such a great job on this sight. Thank you. I am new to Zentangle but am ordering your 2011 pattern book right now. Have you thought about issuing updates yearly? I think it would be great to be able to keep our patterns current and it might add a bit of revenue for your valuable and most appreciated efforts.

    • Linda Farmer

      Thanks for the compliments, Judith. There will definitely be a new edition in January – as I wrote on this page, “For 2013, the TANGLE GUIDE will be completely revised and updated to include all the new tangles added to the site during 2012.” Thanks for your support!

  • Oh, how I do love SIMPLE! Thank so much for this straight forward expression of elegance, Susan :-)… And, as always, thanks to you Linda, for all that you do :-).


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