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How to draw TRACERY

Zentangle pattern: Tracery. 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.Tracery is a tangle from CZT® Dianne Krumnow – one of the many CZTs in the fine state of Ohio – and this is her first on the site.

This tangle pattern was inspired by a portion of a stained glass window in Dianne’s church. She writes,”Once a person becomes enthusiastic about the practice of Zentangle®, they notice patterns everywhere.

Patterns are indeed everywhere and all are fun to deconstruct. However, the real challenge is finding tangles amongst the many patterns we observe around us – as Maria reminds us, “A pattern is not always a tangle.

Dianne introduces herself:

“I am a former elementary teacher living in Central Ohio. With teaching, in my blood, I enjoy sharing the Zentangle experience with anyone who will pick up a Micron and give it a try. Finding and deconstructing patterns from my community has become a fun part of my tangling experience.”

Tracery is a very flexible tangle and I used a variation in my example.

Dianne illustrates in the steps for drawing Tracery here [link no longer valid] on her blog. You’ll also see there a photo of her pattern inspiration, a completed Zentangle, and suggestions for several variations and other ways to use the pattern.

Update August 2020: Dianne’s blog has gone missing in the “webisphere” so until I obtain updated information, here for your convenience are Dianne’s step-by-step instructions and the variations for Tracery she featured on her blog.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Tracery, tangle and deconstruction by Dianne Krumnow. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

Dianne’s suggestions for Tracery variations:

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