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How to draw ‘BRELLA

Zentangle pattern: 'BrellaApril showers bring May flowers …” – from a poem recorded in 1610 and later a proverb recorded in song in 1886. – Wikipedia.

And April brings bunnies too … 😉

Canadian CZT Bunny (Frances) Wright shares her fun ’Brella tangle pattern with us today. She’s previously shared her very popular Heartrope and Inaura tangles with us.

She writes,

I saw this pattern on a sweater and decided it would be a great tangle..and with ‘April Showers’ (as she broke into song) hopefully on the way, we all could use a nice ’Brella.

It takes a bit of work but I really enjoyed the effect of drawing the lines over and over. You can establish a lovely rhythm with this pattern.

As you will see from Bunny’s steps below, I alternated rows (or columns) of ’Brella and an interesting chevron pattern develops. (I chose a variation because I’m up to the eyeballs in Benadryl and my strokes are a little wiggly.) What’s interesting is if you rotate it, there’s another different look.

As is always true in Zentangle®, there is no right side up with either tangles or Zentangles.

Bunny illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing ’Brella below and she shows several variations. With Bunny’s original version, shading adds some nice over-under texture to the tangle. I love the cool effect she got in her first example by leaving some of the grid squares blank. There’s no rule that says you have to fill them all.

Zentangle pattern: 'Brella

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4 comments to How to draw ‘BRELLA

  • Sayantika

    Wht a wonderful grid pattern! I am definitely going to use this one very often.

    Thank you Bunny!

  • Nancy Pearson

    Bunny your Brella tangle is beautiful. So many options for so many different looks. I like both of your Zentangle examples too. Looking forward to practicing this today. Thank you Bunny and thank you Linda! Tangling could easily become a full time job for me. So many tangle patterns–so little time!!! Nancy

  • Noelene Kelly

    I am new to this and find everything incredible and enjoy the many things you talented people get up to. Your Brella tangle is really interesting Bunny. Thank you Bunny and also to you Linda. Noelene

  • Thank you Bunny! I love this tangle! There are so many ways to fill it. It’s beautiful and easy to do.

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