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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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How to draw SNAG

Zentangle pattern: Snag. 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.UK tangler Jem Miller’s new Snag tangle pattern is named “after those little catches when fabric gets caught on something.” This is Jem’s first tangle on the site.

Snag is a very interesting Zentangle® pattern for several reasons. First, it is composed with a different type of loopy stroke we don’t come across often and that’s quite addictive to draw once you get started.

Zentangle pattern: Snag. 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.Then the pattern has two distinct looks to it depending on whether you start with a grid as the core of your strokes, or if you simply draw the strokes without the underlying grid. The first produces a lovely wrought-iron look to it and the second a rather lacy effect as shown here on the right. The lacy one took me quite a bit more practice to get the loops aligned to my satisfaction but it’s a fun version to play with.

As I show below Snag looks lovely at any stage of development.

Zentangle pattern: Snag. 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.

“Snag began as an out-take in my sketchbook.  A little stick with two loops up each side, with a note next to it reading ‘what is this?’.  I went to work on it on a rainy Monday, playing with variations, and thought it seemed quite a versatile tangle, willing to work within and without a grid.  Sometimes dense, sometimes light – sometimes I see snowflakes, sometimes ink drops.  

I live on the south coast of England and taught myself Zentangle from a book to begin with and now complement that learning from blogs and websites. “

Here Jem illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing both versions of Snag and features it with variations in a monotangle.

How to draw SNAG Zentangle pattern

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6 comments to How to draw SNAG

  • Judy Lisette Martin

    I am delighted with the book, after my initial problems, which were entirely my own fault. I have printed it out, and love the fact that I can use it that way, and on line to help me to go to the tangles that I cannot work out for myself.

    Today I went to hospital for nerve root block injections in my neck to control my pain. When the consultant came to see me before I went to theatre, I was sitting happily tangling away, using my lovely new micron pens my goddaughter bought for my birthday last week. I’ve been using good pens before, but I don’t know if its psychosomatic or not, but using the right pens seems to have released me into a new creativity. He knows that I’m an artist, and commented on the one I was doing, so I signed it and handed it to him. Some of the nurses who had been very kind also loved what I was doing, but as I only had one other tile, I gave it to them to share, plus big hugs, as a thank you. The ward administrator commented on how lovely it was to see a happy person. My friend and I were shocked, as the whole package there is fabulous! So we decided that I will do a bigger picture and frame it using our new Silhouette Cameo cutter to cut an appropriate pretty frame, and take it for the ward when I next see the Consultant. I shall write a note to go with it, explaining the advantages their patients might find from our lovely art form!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very pretty. I am anxious to try this out. Thank you for sharing

  • Jennifer Hohensteiner

    I like this a lot. I was practising it on the grid with X (first step-out example) and I noticed that you can just start in one Corner, go around a triangle and come back in the next section and finally all the way around without picking up your pen. I think that is so fun!

  • jan clark

    like it! If I can draw it!

  • Dee Pivec

    I love a design that looks intricate, but in essence is just a few simple lines or curves. I have a journal page full of Snags now, there are so many possibilities!

  • Deborah J Davis

    I was just wandering through ‘Tangle Patterns’ and saw this one. It is beautiful. And, I like that there are many different looks and possibilities. Normally, of course, we avoid snags like the plague. But this tangle makes them pretty again.
    Thank you.

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