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How to draw UNI

Zentangle pattern: UniUni is a simple and very pretty tangle pattern to get you going for your Monday from West Virginia tangler Beth Snoderly.

Beth has shared several great tangles with us over the past couple of years and you can locate them by clicking on her tag, beths, in the TANGLES BY ARTIST section in the left sidebar. Also, tags for tangles are always located in the “Date Bar” at the bottom of their page just above the “Leave a reply” box for comments, as shown in this screen capture:

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Now getting back to Uni. It is similar in concept to earlier tangles like Worms, and later Mr. E. It’s got a lovely organic feel to it and it grows just however you feel like making it. It also reminds me of designs in the very colorful and intricate paperweights and beads of Italian millefiore glass.

For my example I’ve turned Uni around — no right side up in Zentangle® . I also added the “vein” stroke Beth shows in the variation at the top left of her Zentangle example below and I added a tad of shading.

Uni starts out as a bunch of parenthesis strung together with a bunch of closing parenthesis strung together making a string of oblong shapes. Then over top of each parenthesis another is added but further out so it grows as you go.

After each round add teardrop shapes on both sides of the parenthesis. I usually add a row to the top and bottom (or both sides depending on how you draw it) then add the teardrops. Then add as many rows as your space allows. Finishing with a teardrop where the parenthesis meet and a rounder teardrop shape inside of the original oblong shapes.

I like to use shading with Uni to really make it pop. Depending on how wide you make your rows you can get different effects. I like to try and make each parenthesis in each row different widths that way it really gets an organic feel to it.  If you use just one row (top and bottom) Uni makes a pretty border.

I named it Uni because it reminded me of the sea urchin we found at the beach a few years ago. Uni can be used as a border or as a fill. It just depends on how many rows of parenthesis shapes you add to it.

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Uni below and she’s also sent along two ZIA’s demonstrating ways you can play with Uni, including her fluorescent-colored meeting Post-It® versions: “I have been tangling at work and have used post it notes to suffice while in meetings. Somehow sneaking my journal pages in a meeting isn’t as easy as the much smaller post it notes.

How to draw UNI by Beth Snoderly

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Beth’s first example of Uni.

Uni by Beth Snoderly

Beth’s second example features her own Blink tangle, and a little of the official Nzeppel.

Uni by Beth Snoderly

Beth’s third example of Uni.

Uni by Beth Snoderly

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