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How to draw C-BUN

Zentangle pattern: C-bun. 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.C-bun is a sweet tangle pattern from CZT Esther Piszczek of Duluth, Minnesota, and it’s her first on the site.

It is a pattern that appeared to me as I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep. I was so enamored with it and excited about capturing it that I got up and drew it in my art journal immediately. I named it C-bun because it reminds me of a cinnamon bun.

See, told ya, it’s a sweet tangle ;-). Your Monday groaner.

Zentangle pattern: C-bun. 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.Easy to draw in just a few steps, C-bun starts with a grid from which you “dangle” the spiral shape. Then you can add  shading to give the pattern a little oomph and dimension, or even add some more embellishment if it suits you. Above, in my first example I reversed direction of the columns of C-bun (no right side up, right?). Here I played with some curvy lines.

Esther introduces herself,

I was introduced to Zentangle® in November 2011 by a water color artist who saw me drawing patterns and said, ‘You should really do Zentangle . You’re doing it already.’ I ordered the kit and have been tangling since. I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in August 2012.

Patterns have fascinated me since childhood, but Zentangle gave me a format for drawing those patterns in an artistic and meaningful way. In truth, through the gift of Zentangle I have become the artist I’d always imagined myself to be.

Esther illustrates the steps for drawing C-bun below and uses it and a variation in her completed Zentangle together with the official tangles Diva Dance and Tipple. Notice how Esther’s string shape cleverly mimics C-bun.

How to draw C-bun by CZT Esther Piszczek

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8 comments to How to draw C-BUN

  • Kelli Ross

    I was excited to see this tangle by Esther as she lives on 90 miles down the Minnesota north shore from me. I am scheduled to attend CZT in October 2014, but hopefully Esther and I can meet up at a local coffee shop some weekend and she can impart upon me some of her CZT wisdom! Esther, I’ll buy the first java!

    • Kelli, it is so nice to hear that there is another tangler up here in the Northwoods! I’d love to meet and chat. You can contact me by email, I’m looking forward to meeting you! Esther

  • Sharon Wrench

    I love C-Bun! My sister and I ate at Mazio’s Pizza place recently and had their new little cinnamon buns (so good). This pattern reminds me of those buns. This pattern is fast, easy and pretty in a tangle plus brings back good memories. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Pumpy

    This is lovely, thank you.

  • Susie Achter

    Esther–love your C-Buns! It looks very addicting and I know I will be doing it a lot.

  • Rev Carol Bunn

    Hi Esther, thought this tangle was just made for me as it’s almost my name. Thanks so much for a lovely tangle.
    Carol x

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