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How to draw CANT

Zentangle pattern: CanT. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.Today is Columbus Day in the US, which always coincides annually with Canadian Thanksgiving, “an occasion to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year“, and so here’s wishing my best to all our Canadian tanglers for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Personally I have much to be especially thankful for as Robert and I’ve just driven about 1,350 miles from Florida to be with my family in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines (Ontario) celebrating this holiday weekend with them. We get this opportunity to be all together much too infrequently, so this is a very special time indeed as 15 of us gathered at the table and gave thanks.

As a Floridian now for 30+ years, an added bonus to this trip is that I actually get to experience Fall, not just pretend!

In honor of this special occasion, I’ve got a special tangle pattern for you, it’s New York CZT Chris Titus’s CanT. Chris is one of my classmates from CZT7. Although CanT might look like an acronym for Canadian Thanksgiving, it isn’t (although it’s still related to Canada) and I’ll let Chris introduce herself and explain …

“After being introduced by my sister, I had an immediate interest in Zentangle® and scoured the internet for more information. I attribute my continued fascination to the inspiration gleaned from websites such as, The Diva Challenge, Enthusiastic Artist, Beez in the Belfry and our very own TanglePatterns. Within 2 weeks of my first class I was in Providence, RI getting my CZT training. I’ve gone on to be co-creator and co-administrator of the very successful FB group, Square One: Purely Zentangle and creator of seven spinoff Square One FB groups. In one year the group that was begun as a way of focusing on the Zentangle Method in its purest form, grew by leaps and bounds.

While attending the CanTangle Retreat held in Regina, CA, I was inspired to create what I calls a ‘template tangle’ which was appropriately named, CanT.

While many people think they can’t draw or tangle, by using the most basic tangle as a jumping point, CanT shows us just how easily a tangle can be varied to produce amazing results. It is truly a tangle with limitless possibilities.

CanT has brought me full circle in my Zentangle journey. My early mentors have embraced this tangle and it has been featured on The Diva Challenge and here now as one of our TanglePattern tangles. I’m delighted to be part of the Zentangle community and hope to join my early mentors in inspiring others and to help them find their ‘Can’ within CanT.”

Chris illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing CanT below and she includes a multitude of ways it can be varied along with three beautiful Zentangle tiles. As Chris points out that while CanT is very similar to Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner’s Jemz, the “limitless” variations take CanT above and beyond.

Zentangle pattern: CanT. Image © Chris Titus and TanglePatterns

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Since Chris mentions “the Zentangle Method in its purest form“, here’s a MUST READ “tutorial” by CZT Sandy Hunter for those who have not seen it yet, “On understanding Zentangle“.

For those people posting their “Zentangles” on the Zentangle group on flickr, this is especially essential reading.


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4 comments to How to draw CANT

  • Vicki

    This one’s very nice, although getting from step 3 to step 4 is a little tricky. I think I see what she’s done? Will give it a try.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      This is one of those odd ones where rather than reading the traditional left to right in each row, the steps go across then down and around clockwise – and that can be confusing. Hope that helps!

  • Jeane Parker, CZT 21

    Thank you for sharing this tangle. Your variations are a lot of fun!

  • Tomas Padros Cruz

    At first I was disoriented that the deconstruction was pretty much the same as Jemz. I am interested in structural differences and they are few, but significant in terms of the result. Margaret’s magnificent design (larger circles and trapezoidal links) gives a more multifaceted image. Yours (smaller circles and triangle links) generates a more stylized, almost curved pattern. In fact, I think it’s best to slightly curve the sides of those triangles to enhance the circular appearance of the mega-patterns. That gives your proposal its own personality. Then, it is also interesting how you isolate the fragment and by more or less curving the lines you get variations that you decorate in a thousand ways. Here it seems that you use the pattern and the variations like a string to let your decorative imagination run wild. That doesn’t quite define the tangle to me, but it does make it the source of a crowd of attractive derivative designs. The example tiles are great.

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