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How to draw IX

Zentangle pattern: IX. 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.At  last week’s CZT® training seminar in Providence, Rhode Island, co-founder Maria Thomas demonstrated the new Zentangle®-original tangle, IX.

The name for this tangle pattern comes from the Roman numerals for the number 9, and IX was introduced at the 9th graduating class.

This is such a fun tangle to draw and it grows beautifully, although my example is the basic X formation created by the central I strokes. As you’re drawing IX, bear in mind that it doesn’t really look like much until Step 5 when you add the strokes connecting the corners and then the magic happens — somewhat how CZT Carole Ohl’s Puf tangle magically pulls together at the last. IX also reminds me of the Zentangle®-original tangle Hurry, the way it interweaves. Naturally, shading adds a lot to this tangle.

One of the new CZTs Jane Eileen Malone posted the step-by-step instructions for drawing IX on her blog here. Jane shows a lovely finished monotangle Zentangle featuring IX.

UPDATE September 15, 2012Here are Maria’s steps for drawing IX.

Here’s another little tip to help make the tangle grow outwards: make your initial pattern and connect the corners, then use the corners to extend the I-connectors out in any direction. You can also use curvy-shaped I’s, they don’t have to be dead straight.

UPDATE December 4, 2018 – Project Pack #4. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 2 video starting at 11:55 Rick demonstrates how to tangle IX.

I predict tons of fun with this one! And once again, congratulations to all the newly-graduated CZTs.

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