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How to draw MARNIE

Zentangle pattern: Marnie. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing IN ANY FORM including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission.Marnie is a tangle from UK tangler Chrissie Frampton who’s traveled to the US to become a CZT since her last tangle (Midnight) on the site. As with many people who become CZTs, Chrissie is not actively teaching currently but she is actively tangling. 🙂

Here in the US, the ABC TV show Dancing With the Stars is wildly popular and it’s a spin off of the UK’s BBC program Strictly Come Dancing, a Saturday night program that started in 2004. In fact “Strictly” has “DWTS” spin offs in many countries around the world, as I learned from reading about it on Wikipedia.

Strictly Come Dancing is responsible for today’s tangle pattern because Chrissie spotted this backdrop in one of the numbers on a recent broadcast and she’s deconstructed it for us to enjoy.

"Strictly Come Dancing" backdrop and inspiration for Marnie

Here Chrissie describes how she arrived at her tangle’s name.

We have a judge on the contest called Darcey Bussell and when I was researching a name for this tangle, I used Wikipedia

Darcey is not her first birth name, it is Marnie. In fact she has several wonderful birth names. [She was born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle.]

Darcey Bussell’s biography is interesting to read as she’s had a wide and varied career in dance and entertainment. She was a professional ballerina who has made several guest appearances with the New York City Ballet; she is the author of a series of children’s books and is also a model. In 2012, she “performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, descending from the roof of the Olympic stadium, in the role ‘spirit of the flame’, leading a troupe of 200 ballerinas.” She was awarded the OBE in 1995 and the CBE in 2006.

And now she has a tangle named after her.

When I was drawing Marnie, I found that it wasn’t always easy to get the two triangles of Steps 1 and 2 to meet up creating an evenly shaped diamond in the middle. So then I started simply drawing the small diamond at the center of each grid square, then adding the smaller triangles from the points of the diamond.

Chrissie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Marnie here and she shows several ways to play with Marnie to create some very different variations.

Zentangle pattern: Marnie. Image © Chrissie Frampton and You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form including pinning 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 including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner.

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11 comments to How to draw MARNIE

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Surprise! A Sunday tangle. I have to admit it surprised me too – Marnie was supposed to be for tomorrow but in my Christmas rush I got my dates mixed up. So I’m taking tomorrow off! Enjoy 🙂

  • Erin Conte

    ANY DAY is a GREAT day for a tangle! Thanks!

  • Hi Linda, Thank you so much for all your work keeping us updated with the new tangles that people design. I love the stories that you add to each new tangle, expanding our knowledge of the world as well as giving us a new tangle to learn. I wish you a very joyous Christmas and prosperity and peace in the New Year.

  • Chrissie

    Surprised me as well Linda, thank you for including Marnie on Tangle patterns. Enjoy your day off tomorrow.

  • Tracy McDonald


  • Marianne

    Hi Linda, Had to save this one as Marnie is my nickname.

  • Nancy Pearson

    Chrissie. Your Marnie is beautiful and your variations are wonderful. I have been tangling for a couple of years now and I have seen so many beautiful tangle patterns on Pinterest and Linda’s amazing website. I am in awe of those, like you, who can create so many variations of the same tangle. I don’t know if I will ever be creative in that way but I can surely appreciate and enjoy those who are! Thank you for sharing. And thank you Linda for all you do (even treating us to an early tangle). You are always constant and there for us. I can get so lost (in a good way) in your website. So many patterns and so many things to learn here. You are amazing. Thank you. Nancy P

  • What a great tangle! I love the Art Deco design of it and how beautifully Chrissie deconstructed it. Oh, the shading possibilities!

  • Cecille H

    Hello Linda, I am new to your site and I am loving it, I’ve spent hours and hours learning from it. Thank you for sharing Marnie in the refresher this week, it’s already a favourite so thanks to Chrissie. I love how grid tangles complete a tile so easily. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Chrissie Frampton

    Thank you Cecille , I do appreciate it. Also to all the other lovely people who commented above.

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