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How to draw SWELLS

Zentangle pattern: SwellsToday is the first day of class for the 18th Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar, I can just imagine the excitement in the room at the Hotel Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. By the end of this week there’ll be another 100+ enthusiastic new CZTs launched throughout the world to share the Zentangle® love. And we welcome them all!

Jennifer Hohensteiner is back today with her pretty grid-based tangle, Swells. You may recall Jennifer is an expat American living in Germany and she’s contributed several great tangles to the site including one of my personal favorites, Exis.

While Swells may look complicated, in fact it is supremely easy to draw and makes use of the Zentangle technique of auras.

Swells is one of the first tangles Jennifer sent along and I’ve just come across it again while searching through my tangle archives. When you reach Step 4, Swells takes on a Betweed-like similarity. I added just a bit of shading to my example above. One simple way to vary this tangle is to play with alternating rows or columns of the shapes in Steps 1 and 2. Jennifer shows another variation in her examples.

Jennifer illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Swells below including the variation in Steps 5 and 6. She also features Swells in a lovely Zentangle with the Zentangle-original tangles Hollibaugh and Crescent Moon. I love how she creatively transitioned from Swells to Crescent Moon, well done!

Zentangle pattern: Swells

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