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How to draw LACEE

Zentangle pattern: LaceeHappy April 1st, everyone! Wow, the first quarter of 2015 is history and Easter’s coming up this weekend …

Today’s simple, pretty tangle Lacee is from Ohio tangler Susan Hodel. Sue lives in “Vermilion, Ohio, a small boating town on the shore of Lake Erie.”

A Small Town on a Great Lake“, Vermilion reads like an idyllic spot. “Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. … This enchanting little town has always been a sea side community with New England style atmosphere. This is the kind of town that still has a working soda fountain, a town square and summer concerts on the green. People here actually sit on their front porches on a summer evening. Visiting boats are not only welcomed, they are an important part of the ambiance of what locals call ‘Harbour Town.’

If you’re at all familiar with the South shores of Lake Erie in the winter, it’s a little early in the year for an afternoon at the beach. But having just spent some time on their site, Vermilion looks like a lovely place to visit in warmer weather …

Sue writes that Laceereminds me of the intricate lace tablecloths my grandmother use to crochet for my mother’s dining table.

I started tangling when my husband was going through Chemo therapy for cancer at The Mercy Cancer Center in Elyria, OH. The Social Worker there was offering classes and said how relaxing and meditative the process of creating tangles can be. I decided to give it a try and am now hooked. We even talked my husband into joining our monthly group of tanglers. He feels that tangling has helped with the neuropathy in his hands. What a bonus!”

Lacee is similar to CZT Margaret Bremner’s Ninja Stars, but Lacee is drawn a totally different way that’s very fluid. And it’s lace-like in result. 😉 As you draw the strokes in Steps 2 and 3, keep in mind you need to leave enough space in the curve to add the dot, and aim to cross the grid stroke midway for nice even Lacee curves.

Lest you are tempted to rush the Steps, “Remember that Zentangle is a mindful process, not a picture-drawing race against time. Savor each stroke!” (Quoting myself from How to draw SPRIGS.)

Sue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lacee here and shows it in a simple monotangle.

Zentangle pattern: Lacee

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