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How to draw CONFETTUS

Zentangle pattern: Confettus. 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.Often the simplest tangle patterns can be some of the most interesting and absorbing to draw. Confettus, from Angie Shade who also brought us Pavonia, is just such a tangle. And it’s completed in just three steps.

A simple meandering line is drawn in whatever configuration you desire for a section of your tile. The base line is then decorated with tiny, regularly spaced orbs on one side, which are then paired up with slightly offset orbs of matching size on the other side of the line. Remember to take your time and be deliberate when making your orbs, create each one with concentration and care. Enjoy the Zentangle® process.

Confettus can be further embellished with shading – as I did here with a faint drop shadow just using the graphite residue on my tortillion – and additional line work such as auras. Although it is perfectly satisfying in its original state.

Here are Angie’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Confettus, where she suggests you can change out the orbs for hearts or thorns … or any other shape that comes to mind for variations.

Steps for drawing Angie Shade's tangle, Confettus

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Reminder about Shading Mini-Clinic

It’s serendipity that Angie’s last name is Shade because I want to remind you to send me your tiles and/or questions about shading your Zentangles. We are having a couple of expert CZTs give some recommendations in an upcoming Shading Mini-Clinic feature on TanglePatterns. For more info, please see last Friday’s Tangle Refresher.

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1 comment to How to draw CONFETTUS

  • Linda, I sent you [a generous contribution] as I wanted to say thank you very much for all you do. I love your website and refer to it often and I so appreciated the 2013 guide of all the patterns. Even though I no longer “teach” Zentangle, I am now a fully trained and certified Professional Life/Business Coach. I do have the opportunity to use it with client sometimes and I manage to tangle almost daily myself. I made numerous Christmas gifts this past year too. Thanks again. Happy Tangling to all.

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