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How to draw JAWZ

Zentangle pattern: JawZ. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Here’s a tangle pattern for those of us who enjoy bold graphic lines and lots of black.

JawZ comes to us from Dutch tangler Anneke van Dam.

Actually the tangle originates from a drawing from one of her daughter’s old notebooks that Anneke came across recently while cleaning out some drawers.

Anneke says that when she saw it, “The first thing that came in my mind was: ‘Those are shark teeth’! So it was a tiny step to call this pattern ‘JawZ’.

Anneke illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing JawZ here on her blog. She also shows several examples of ways to vary the pattern, including some Purk-like versions, and encourages us to use our imaginations for more.

Check out the tag annekevd for more of Anneke’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

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2 comments to How to draw JAWZ

  • Alba Kintz

    My son recently passed away. Zentangle has been a great comfort and something to get me through the night. Cannot sleep?, get up and tangle. I wanted to share with my grandson, who loves Godzilla , it is something he enjoyed with his father. So I have been looking for some tangles which would seem to remind him of Godzilla. Well, today, JawZ really hits the spot. Gonna write to him now, and share. Thank you.

    • Dear Alba, thank you for sharing your story, I am very touched. I hope you and your grandson will have lots of good times with JawZ! And, you know, “the maw of a dinosaur” was my second thought….;-) With love, Anneke

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