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How to draw MIASMA

Zentangle pattern: Miasma. 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.This bold tangle is from Linda Dawson of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, and it’s her first on the site. Linda says she named it “Miasma because it changes shape and mood so easily.”

Although Miasma looks like it starts with a grid like the official tangle Chillon, Linda’s deconstruction is different and the variations she shares are made possible by “flipping the basic design in different directions” and from there it takes off on its own.

For my example I played with several of Linda’s “flipped” variations but in the end decided to use her basic design with a solid fill. And I turned it around too just to show “there’s no right side up”.

I have been tangling for about a year and like to develop patterns … I find tangling is a great activity for a newly retired person! … Miasma is amazingly simple, yet the variations are endless.

Here are Linda’s steps for drawing Miasma, some suggestions for variations based on flipping the design, 10 suggestions for fillers, and  Zentangle-inspired example using her basic grid and different fills.

With all these combinations, Miasma can keep you creating in a fog for quite a while.

Steps for drawing Linda Dawson's Miasma tangle

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11 comments to How to draw MIASMA

  • Suzanne

    I love Miasma and all it’s variants.
    General Question: how best to practice making grid based designs. I’m having difficulty establishing an equal base grid. Any suggestions besides using dots arrayed to layout the grid foundation?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      You could use an inked dot on one side as a point to aim for. I think the best thing is not to worry about making them perfect. Many of the grid-based patterns looks great with the grid “warped” as I call it, and the hand-drawn look is superior to looking like it was done with a ruler. That’s what Zentangle is all about anyway – no mistakes. If you must aim for perfect, they will get better with practice. Bottom line: relax and go with what you’ve got.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      UPDATE: More thoughts on my earlier reply about making grids … a good way to establish the start of your grid is to draw a vertical line in the center of your section and a horizontal line across the center of that line, basically you’re forming a cross in the middle of the section. Then you can eyeball where you want the rest of the lines to go by evenly spacing them on either side of the vertical and horizontal baselines. All the lines can be wavy or straight, whatever you choose. Hope that helps!

      • SueK

        Your several suggestions regarding drawing grids would make a hints section. I love using grid based designs based in curved or warped grids. I think they look best when the integrity of the curve or warp are maintained rather evenly even if I want them to warp smaller then larger in the design. Please continue with your suggestions, a great help.

    • Sharon

      Hi Suzanne.
      I have had good luck with grid based patterns by pacticing them on graph paper a few times just before putting them into a piece. The “muscle memory” seems to carry over from graph paper to blank paper or tiles.
      Hope this helps!

  • Stephanie Tercyak

    This is a great new tangle. I love these kind of lines and it is so great that it is shown with so many variations. Thanks for sharing your talent!
    – Stephanie

  • Rose

    I love these Linda! My daughter and I started working on these as part of her homeschooling art class and are addicted to drawing Tangles. They are so relaxing and really help her stay focused. I would love to teach a class locally.

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Oh, my, I’ll have to start working on a piece today with Miasma in it; I’ve told my local CZT (Kerry Bowes)about how drawing Zentangle patterns is physically helping me get through a very tough and challenging time, including not really having a place to call home. I think Miasma is going to be one of those ‘tangles I can lose myself in.

  • Barbara Sporcic

    What a great tangle! So many ways to use it.

  • Rhea Rhodan

    Thanks for this! Especially enjoy the variations.

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