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How to draw GORD

Zentangle pattern: GordAustralia’s Sue Zanker is back with another cool grid-based tangle pattern for us.

Gord has an Op Art look to it and when you view it for a minute or two, the image seems to shimmer a bit.

Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.” – Wikipedia

Sue writes that Gord happened as a result of some ‘mistakes’. … Needs lots of concentration I found, and I discovered it as easier if I did one square, then the one underneath and back to the first line, but that’s just me! … The name Gord came about because it was what my husband exclaimed when he saw the intricacies of the black/white!”

The concentration comes when you’re doing the solid black areas and keeping track of the alternating spaces to fill. You can just plunge in and carry on using Sue’s suggestion above, of course, but you can also use the tip I used “way back when” when I added Arrowheads to the site. Gord is a tangle that needs no shading for its effectiveness.

Sue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gord here along with her drawing tips, a variation, and a completed Zentangle® with Zanzee, Sue’s Diosea, a bit of Eke and some Printemps embellished with Zinger (or Indy-Rella) “tails”.

How to draw GORD by Sue Zanker

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2 comments to How to draw GORD

  • Cool tangle, Sue! I’m trying it right now!

  • Sue Zanker

    Thanks Cynthia, have fun!

    Linda, I was interested to read what the “tails” were called on the Printemps! When I started doing them as a bit of a tangleation, I loosely called them ‘Karenz’ (to myself) as our loved daughter-in-law said they reminded her of our family symbol for hugs in letter writing but with the tail making her think of jet propelled ones!
    Thanks too,for including the pattern “Gord” on your site, I was thrilled to find it there this morning!

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