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How to draw FOXEYE

Zentangle pattern: Foxeye. 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.Foxeye is a tangle pattern deconstructed by South Carolina tangler Betsey Youngs and it’s her first on the site.

Betsey noticed the pattern on a blouse “while browsing through a magazine. It looked light and airy on that blouse. I named it Foxeye because when I was working on it my little dog Riley was continuously barking. There is a fox in our neighborhood, well at least one. Evidently this one and Riley have become quite friendly and have begun barking at each other around dusk each night. The fox sounds just like Riley when he barks and I wouldn’t have known the difference if I didn’t go out on the deck to ask him to stop that racket! So I named this pattern for Riley’s pet fox.

Betsey explains how she became interested in Zentangle® and how she’s made a modest second income with her Zentangle-Inspired Art.

I am a Nurse Practitioner. Two years ago a patient introduced me to Zentangle. She was going through a particularly bad time and explained it was how she dealt with some of her stress and entertained herself during long waits at medical appointments (;-)).  I was immediately enthralled and spent every spare minute reading on-line, searching websites, buying books, and practicing. I tangled everywhere on everything. At Christmas this year I made some Zentangle tiles and framed them for friends. Then I thought I could try to tangle inside stenciled cat drawings and give them to my daughter. Well that was great but I couldn’t find any dog pattern that looked like our other daughter’s wonderful dog who had just died so I had to draw her. Then I drew and tangled her new dog. When the girls got the Zentangle Inspired Art one said, ‘Too bad you can’t do a Giraffe.’ Well, why not? So when that turned out okay, I though, ‘I wonder if I can do a bunny?’ Now, I have so many animals, as do all my friends and family, that I am selling them at Arts and Craft shows! It has been less than six months since I started ZIA. 

Some one said recently, ‘But you had to always know you had this talent.’ NO! I always loved crafts but have never considered myself an artist, until now! It is the magic of Zentangle that opened my imagination and spirit.  When I sell enough of my art I plan to take the CZT class, I am hoping for 2015.

Here Betsey illustrates the steps for drawing Foxeye and shows it with variations in Step 6 and in her completed Zentangle.

How to draw FOXEYE by Betsey Youngs

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1 comment to How to draw FOXEYE

  • Sharon Wrench

    We have a fox in our woods also. Our Boarder Collie takes off into the woods every day. I wonder if she has made a friends with the fox. Your Foxeye pattern is very pretty. I am anxious to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.!

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