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How to draw MINLINE

Zentangle pattern: MinlineOn Mondays I like to start out our week with an interesting tangle pattern that’s also very easy to draw so anyone new to the site and to Zentangle® can manage it easily. And they’re all fun for the rest of us too! Later in the week we can get a little more challenging.

Minline from Taiwan’s Mei Hua Teng (Damy) is a perfect example of a very easy, and quite unusual tangle. Today Damy and her daughter HsinYa Hsu are in Providence for the CZT17 training seminar along with one-hundred-or-so other Zentangle enthusiasts.

Damy has shared several cool tangles with us and you can locate them with the tag meihuat in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY ARTIST.

Damy writes that Minline was inspired by these pretty tatting earrings.

Damy's inspiration for Minline

Continuous line tangles are so much fun, and Minline is one of these. You can find more on the site by clicking on the tag continuous line in the TANGLES BY TYPE section in the left sidebar.

In this tangle the strokes go back and forth creating an M-shape, alternating a large arc with a small arc. That’s how Damy came up with her tangle name, “M in line” = Minline. Very creative, both the tangle and the name.

Zentangle pattern: MinlineI played with several versions of Minline and debated which one I wanted to use for my main example. In the end I went with my own interpretation, but I was tempted with this one that’s pretty much totally derived from Damy’s own Zentangle below where she describes it as looking like pine cones.

I found it does help to have a shape, like a section, to place the tangle into but you can also use it as a free-form shape anywhere on your tile. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it fills up a section very quickly with a very pretty tangle. Shading, of course, adds dimension and depth to the tangle.

Damy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Minline below. Her Zentangle incorporates the Zentangle-original tangles Hollibaugh and a Strircles influence.

How to draw MINLINE by Mei Hua Teng (Damy)

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Here’s Damy’s Zentangle featuring Minline, “When I finished this pattern, found it so much like pine cones.” [Christmas cards, anyone??]

Damy's Zentangle featuring Minline

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