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How to draw GRA-VEE

Zentangle pattern: Gra-Vee. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comThis is a week of federal holidays both here in the USA, and in Canada. Canada Day is on Wednesday, July 1st, and with July 4th on Saturday this year, our Independence Day long weekend starts on Friday. It should be a quiet week with many people taking vacations around these two adjacent North American holidays at the beginning of the summer. Safe travels everyone!

Today’s tangle pattern is from Arizona tangler Laurel Sponseller and Gra-Vee is her first on the site.

Gra-Vee is so named “Because it rhymes with wavy.

Laurel writes,

“I‘ve been retired in Southern AZ for 20 years. During that time I’ve reinvented retirement several times. The latest and, I must say, the most rewarding has been my last 2-1/2 years spent with Zentangle. Frustrated with a representational drawing class, I pulled ‘One Zentangle A Day‘ off the shelf of my local bookstore. I am indebted to Beckah and you as well as to Maria and Rick and many others since. It has all been a joy.

In the way that it’s constructed Gra-Vee reminds me a little of Livia Chua’s Frillee. It’s also similar in concept to Organza. Both oldies but goodies.

Gra-Vee is a perfect Monday tangle because it’s so easy and it can be very captivating to draw. Adding the second wavy line in Step 2 can be a bit like a roller-coaster ride. And you can really get into “sculpting” the shapes with your Sakura Micron once you’ve reached the fill in Step 4.

Laurel explains, “Start with a curve. Inter-twine a wavy line. Aura the waviest part. Fill the space created. Shade the original line.

She illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gra-Vee here and features it in a Zentangle® tile with the Zentangle-original tangle Ennies.

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This is Laurel’s Zentangle-inspired piece featuring Gra-Vee with the Zentangle-original tangles Mooka and Pokeleaf.

ZIA featuring Gra-Vee by Laurel Sponseller

Laurel added this comment to her tangle, “I failed to demo the more extravagant version where ‘drawing behind’ is used in Step#3.”  So I asked her for an example, and here’s her “PS” shown below as a before and after.

When two or more loops overlap and blend into one large black area as they do around this Zentangle tile:

Gra-Vee Sgtep 1 for "drawing behind"

Laurel then uses white gel pen strokes to make the loops appear as if some are drawn behind, as shown here:

Gra-Vee Step 2 for drawing behind

Very cool!!

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12 comments to How to draw GRA-VEE

  • Suzanne

    Minimalist tangles are my favourites, so much impact and an elegant look. Thanks for the links to the “oldies” too!

  • Les

    Dear Linda and Laurel, that’s a corker and lovely Tangle Gra-vee, you have put up !! It’s different and it looks like easy to combine with other tangles, quite lovely !! many thanks to you both for that ! Kind regards, les:)

  • Noelene

    Dear Linda and Laurel, what an beautiful, uncomplicated tangle. Love it!

  • Emily Shelton

    Can’t wait to play with Gra-vee. What’s captured my eye is the zia with the lovely colors. I’ve avoided adding color to mooka because of the way the sections don’t form a defined end where they converge. I see now how to do it. Very nice. Thanks so much.

  • Laurel

    Thank you Linda and everyone else too for the generous remarks. I failed to demo the more extravagant version where “drawing behind” is used in Step#3. Hope a PS here is OK. Cheers.

  • Jennifer Hohensteiner

    This one is wonderful! Right up my alley. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Nordzin Pamo

    Nice one!

  • Nancy Pearson

    Laurel. I love Gra-vee (especially the kind with no calories!) really like the versions of you drawing behind. I have a gel pen so I will try that version. Thank you for sharing. (P.s. We lived in Yuma for many years and still go down there on vacation) Linda, thank you. You must know how much I appreciate you and all that you do. Nancy

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Thanks for the update Laurel. This afternoon, I hope to review Linda’s string library and tangle some of them with Gra-vee (Parts 1 and 2). Will be interesting to use not only wavy strings and some angular ones as well.

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