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How to draw 4 CORNERS

Zentangle pattern: 4 Corners. 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.For quite some time California tangler Barbara Finwall has been sharing Strings with our community on TanglePatterns. By my reckoning these are Barbara’s contributions so far: 012, 023, 030, 038, and 052. You might also recognize Barbara’s Zentangle®-inspired artistry on flickr where she’s known as banar.

Today we have Barbara’s first tangle on the site, a lovely new grid-based pattern she named 4 Corners. I used the basic grid Barbara illustrates in the first three steps below and I added just a wee touch of shading. As you’ll see there’s lots of potential with this one.

Barbara introduces herself,

My sister, mother and I started a craft and needlework kit and book company (Banar Designs) about 40 years ago. My sister and I had both worked for advertising agencies in Los Angeles and our mother owned a needlework shop.  I met Suzanne McNeill at one of the trade shows and we’ve been friends ever since. She introduced me to Zentangle about three years ago. I haven’t come up for air since. I live in Fallbrook, CA in the middle of an avocado grove.

“Fallbrook is known for its avocado groves and claims the title ‘Avocado Capital of the World.’ … The Avocado Festival is held in the downtown strip annually and frequently draws large crowds.” I love these tidbits I learn on Wikipedia almost as much as I love avocados.

Here Barbara illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 4 Corners and shows in her Zentangle-inspired drawing that 4 Corners is very adaptable to some cool variations.

How to draw 4 CORNERS by Barbara Finwall

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For some cool variations on 4 Corners, see this post by German tangler Henrike Bratz.


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