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How to draw PHIRST

Zentangle pattern: Phirst. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.This week we’re going to explore several tangles that use the S-stroke as their basis. CZT Molly Hollibaugh’s Zentangle®-original tangle Pea-nuckle also begins with this form.

Today’s tangle, Phirst, is from Pennsylvania CZT Suzanne Fluhr and it’s her first on the site. Suzanne is a member of CZT 18 from April this year.

I’m a recovering Philadelphia lawyer with two additional passions, Zentangle® and blogging about travel for the mind and body. … This is my first ‘invented’ tangle and I’ve spelled ‘first’ as ‘phirst’ as a tip of my pretend hat to my hometown, Philadelphia.

Phirst is drawn with columns of regular S strokes then spaced just a little away, a column of reversed S strokes. It has a lovely lacy look to it.

This leaves spaces that can be filled in with circles, perfs or some other shape. Therefore, make sure the ‘S’ lines aren’t touching.

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Phirst here on her blog. She demonstrates Phirst in a Zentangle® tile and a Zendala. Suzanne’s examples demonstrate how it can be drawn as a ribbon or border-style tangle or as an all-over background.

On Wednesday we’ll take a look at another tangle formed using the S-shaped stroke.

Check out the tag suzannef for more of Suzanne’s tangles on

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