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How to draw FASSETT

Zentangle pattern: Fassett. 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.Wow, this looks complicated, right? Nuh-uh. Easy and fun, one stroke at a time.

Fassett is the first tangle pattern on the site from Lynn Mead of Monroe, Washington. Every now and again a new tangle really stands out for me and Fassett does just that. It magically transforms in just a few strokes.

Lynn uses the technique CZT Carole Ohl introduced with her tangle Puf where you connect adjacent corners with a stroke, it’s kind of Carole’s “trademark”. You’ll see what I mean in Step 3 of Lynn’s illustration in a minute, and don’t worry about trying to “figure it out”, just do it and it works. 😉

First, Lynn introduces herself and her tangle:

“I live just outside Seattle, Washington in a town called Monroe. I have been tangling for about a year now and I’m registered to take the CZT training in June (2014).

Since it is Winter I have been inspired by snowflakes and have been looking at tangles that would capture the structural aspect as well as the randomness of ice crystals. I came up with this tangle which I have named Fassett as it resembles the facets of crystals, jewels and cut glass.

I didn’t really deconstruct this tangle, it was more like it revealed itself to me. I’ve looked at your site and found two tangles, Puf by Carole Ohl and Panthe by Nancy Newlin, that share some characteristics with Fassett in the way they are drawn but they are both definitely different.

The randomness of Fassett is a result of how the initial triangles are drawn to fill the space. This also determines the number of ‘crystal-like’ arms on each figure which usually ranges from 5 to 7 but can be more or less. Fassett can also be drawn on a grid but you lose the randomness and I think some of the energy the tangle otherwise displays.”

My example of Fassett is one of many I enjoyed playing with this weekend and I resisted showing the grid-based examples just to see if I could.

Lynn illustrates the steps for drawing Fassett below. She also shows us four interesting variations using grids and includes three beautiful Zentangle® tiles featuring Fassett.

How to draw FASSETT by Lynn Mead

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Here are Lynn’s grid-based variations.

Grid-based variations of Fassett

I love Lynn’s use of white space in her Zentangles, they demonstrate that it isn’t necessary or even desirable to fill every space with ink. The white space gives a wonderful balance to the overall piece.

Zentangle 1:

Zentangle featuring FASSETT by Lynn Mead

Zentangle 2:

Zentangle featuring FASSETT by Lynn Mead

Zentangle 3:

Zentangle featuring FASSETT by Lynn Mead

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