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How to draw WAFT

Zentangle pattern: Waft. 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.Here is a really versatile tangle pattern for you to have fun with. Waft is from new West Virginia tangler, Beth Snoderly and it’s her first on the site.

From what I saw on TV yesterday Beth may not even see this for a while as the Appalachian mountains of WV were buried under more than 2 feet of snow in a blizzard spawned from the Superstorm Hurricane Sandy.

If you want to see some amazing – and slightly overwhelming – pictures taken after landfall check out this link at The Atlantic magazine, courtesy of my sister Karen. Again, our prayers go out to everyone affected by this truly mind-boggling natural disaster.

Waft‘s inspiration came from a bracelet Beth saw online and she set about deconstructing the pattern. There are so many possibilities for this tangle in the way you choose to fill in different areas or how you space your initial lines. Beth provides a few in her Zentangle below, and my example is another variation.

A little about myself, art was my very favorite class throughout school. I loved it. I used to doodle in my notebooks and in my notes at work. Pen and ink has always been my favorite. I lost track over the past few (ok, maybe more than a few) years stressing about work and was so busy I quit doodling. Just before the Labor Day weekend one of my co-workers had a Zentangle® book. I was intrigued. I got sick over the holiday weekend and spent that time looking up Zentangle and became addicted.

Although Steps 2 and 3 might appear as if you draw a pair of long curvy lines, they are actually drawn in alternate-facing pairs of (( and )) strokes. This is the secret to keeping those lines “cooperating”.

Beth, who also goes by the family nickname Bessamy, writes “It can be done with straight, curvy, or zigzag lines. Just keep the two (( then two )) after that. Variations could be to make the two lines the same way be closer and further apart in different rows.

Here are Beth’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Waft.

Steps for Beth Snodderly's Waft tangle

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Thanks for sharing, Beth!

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Oh yeah, Happy Hallowe’en! 🙂

Happy Hallowe'en!


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7 comments to How to draw WAFT

  • The pictures of the huricane Sandy take my breath away… We in the Netherlands are not used to such a disasters. My heart is with everybody in the States that suffer. Ellen

  • Es Ud muy amable gracias camila connors

  • Connie

    Thanks for the link to the pictures from “Sandy”…such a docile name for such a huge force of nature…unbelievable destruction…our prayers go out to all touched by this super-storm.

  • Beth S

    How awesome!  I got to see my first tangle on!   I am so excited!

    We were lucky the mountains protected our area from the brunt of the storm.  We only had a few inches of snow.  Nothing like what is happening along the east coast. My heart goes out to all that have been touched by this horrible natural disaster. 

  • ksenija

    Waft is very lovely pattern.
    My prayers and positive thoughts for everyone to be safe!

  • Mart

    I agree with Ellen, I’m lucky to live in Belgium
    I wish you all the best, Mart

  • Paulette

    I very much want to become a “certified” Tangler! I received a Christmas gift of my first Zentangle book and I am hopelessly entangled with tangles! I live in southern
    West Virginia.

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