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Zentangle pattern: Holiday Ornaments. 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.Holiday Ornaments is a tangle pattern from CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Zentangle 4 booklet.

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This festive and pretty tangle is perfect for embellishing your holiday cards, tags, gift wrap, place cards and so on — even actual holiday ornaments. Holiday Ornaments can be attractively varied by changing the shapes of the ornaments and the “beads” linking them together.

If you are attracted to the idea of tangling on ornaments, be sure to allow lots of time for the ink to dry to avoid smudging. You might also want to wear surgical gloves so the oils from your fingers don’t affect the drawing surface. CZT Bonnie Brown, “the quilting tangler”, has this great tip for tangling on ornaments if you want to add a band of design (or color): she suggests using rubber bands to help place your string. Drawing at Zentangle® scale on a curved (and delicate) surface is definitely for the patient and adventurous! Update: be sure to check out CZT Anna Houston’s tutorial on how to tangle on glass ornaments here, you can also find it on the TUTORIALS tab on the pink tangle menu bar.

If you have a tip to offer on the subject of tangling on ornaments, please feel free to share in the comments.

There are a couple of ways of drawing the Printemps-like swirls that fill each “ornament”. You can start in the middle and swirl outwards, or start from the outside and work inwards. For Holiday Ornaments I found it best to start with the outer line and work inwards. That made it easier to place the swirls and fit the ornament’s shape. Your mileage may vary.

With her kind permission for allowing me to post her copyrighted image here, Suzanne illustrates the steps for drawing Holiday Ornaments below.

How to draw HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS by CZT Suzanne McNeill

Image copyright Design Originals and Suzanne McNeill, used with permission. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate this tangle in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Suzanne shows the steps for a variation called Holiday Garland here on her blog.

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