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How to draw TOUR

Zentangle pattern: Tour. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatternTour is from CZT Nancy Domnauer, a member of CZT18, and this is her second tangle on the site. Her first was the popular Kelp tangle which she shared with us before she became a CZT.

Nancy’s inspiration for Tour was based on a map, as she explains:

I was reading a map of the area around La Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) and the symbol for the tower looked like this:

Map of area around the Eiffel Tower

I stared at the symbol and realized “that could be a tangle pattern’.

It never ceases to amaze me how many different tangles are developed on a basic grid, and they’re my favorite tangles because they fill in a section of a Zentangle® tile so nicely and in such interesting and varied ways. For those of you who worry about getting straight lines, don’t! They always disappear into the tangle and rarely can you tell if things get a little wonky. And then too, wonky grids are also a fun way to vary a tangle.

For Tour, Nancy uses Maria Thomas’s “grid seed” idea to develop the steps for drawing the tangle. Of course I couldn’t resist embellishing my example just a little with a touch of Knightsbridge and some pencil fills.

Here are Nancy’s deconstructed steps for drawing Tour.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner.

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7 comments to How to draw TOUR

  • Les

    Hi Linda and Nancy Domnauer, many thanks for todays tangle *TOUR* – it made me smile when I looked at how Nancy got to the construction of this tangle, and I thought “wait a minute here” …. so I checked before posting. I don’t know if Nancy realised it or not, but as she followed the pattern of the map the Eiffel stands on, I was thinking but this is also the design *up close* of the Tower itself. Perhaps a tiny bit of imagination there in my mind, but to me it’s almost a dead ringer, for the pattern Nancy has made. I really appreciate the fact that this sneaked in there unawares :-))))Many thanks anyway for the lovely design offered !! Kindest regards, Les: )

  • Melena

    Great tangle! Thanks Nancy. This will be a fun one to do.

    And Les, you are not seeing things. I just checked out the Eiffel Tower on the link that Linda put at the top of the page. It is exactly like how the Eiffel Tower is designed. Good catch there Les. 🙂

    • Les

      Hi there Melena & all – great stuff that others caught it and have used it too !! :-)) Way to go. Always enjoy the new stuff that comes in, but certainly appreciate the daily tangle and string posts anyway – keeps things in mind ! Have a great weekend all,

  • Noelene

    Very clever Nancy.

  • SwankyTangles

    I really like this tangle. I used it today for my Zentangle 365 Project. I truly love when our environment or our experiences lend them self to creating art & tangles.

  • Laurel

    This comes together very quickly. I like it a lot. Thank you Nancy.

  • A pattern I like! The story ofcourse, I Love Paris. But the pattern has It’s own qualities! I can draw it pretty fast if I don’t have much time. I can draw it slowly, finding out the possibilities of shading etc. Yes, this one Might be A favourite!

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