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How to draw SEVAW

Zentangle pattern: SevawEmmy Chen is a student of Taiwan’s mother-daughter CZT team of Laura Liu and Diana Tai, and Sevaw is Emily’s first pattern on the site.

Emmy is from Taichung City in Taiwan and she took her first Zentangle® class in October.

Taichung, (literally ‘Central Taiwan’), officially known as Taichung City, is a special municipality located in center-western Taiwan. Taichung has a population of over 2.7 million people, making it the third largest city on the island after New Taipei City and Kaohsiung.” – Wikipedia

Emmy’s inspiration for Sevaw was this simple, pretty glass brick pattern:

Emily's inspiration for Sevaw

To deconstruct the pattern, Emmy writes,

I took two elements (curve + circle) from the glass bricks.

The pattern is like waves and my first step, the Curve is a reversed S, so this pattern is named Sevaw. Thanks to Damy Teng for helping me naming the pattern.

 While Sevaw is a simple tangle to draw, there is a little trick to getting it to look its best. In Step 2, note how the outside stroke of the auras connects up in the grid box below it with the first stroke from Step 1. After a few false starts on my part, I found that drawing the Step 1 stroke and adding its auras helped before moving on to the next grid square below. My example is rotated 90° from Emmy’s instructions.

Emmy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sevaw and features it in a monotangle. Note how easy it is to draw a grid that’s not perfectly square and achieve a look of movement within your Zentangle. Emmy also demonstrates that you can rotate the “waves” around in each grid square and get another interesting effect (Step 5).

Zentangle pattern: Sevaw

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2 comments to How to draw SEVAW

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII

    This is lovely, Emily! It evokes thoughts of gently flowing water. As our spring slowly approaches, I think this tangle will begin to appear in my drawings. Thank you for sharing your creation with us!

  • Tracy McDonald

    Ah! Ha! A very nice one! I can see where the circles could be made to look like droplets of water on the outside of the glass with the right type of sparkles and shading. Or the bubble shaped circles made to look like ripples after a tiny pebble has been tossed into a still pond. I’ll be using this one this evening.

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