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How to draw 2-S

Zentangle pattern: 2-S. © 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.Whoa, the Valentine’s tangles are showing up early this year. I do appreciate the advance preparation which is very helpful, and, well, I guess it will be here before we know it … (and the chocolate season continues).

2-S is a continuous line tangle from Taiwan CZT Mina (Ping-Min) Hsiao who already has several intriguing tangles on the site including Dicso (another continuous line tangle, and NOT spelled Disco) which makes use of the five elemental strokes of a tangle.

Mina’s inspiration came from this photo she took while traveling. It’s a little fuzzy but we get the gist and it looks like a decorative metal grill of some sort.

As you may know, all the heart-related tangles on the site are tagged with the word hearts so you can easily locate them all at once. Again, the linked tags are found in the date bar further down the page and in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY TYPE.

I’m sure 2-S is a very easy tangle to draw, after all it’s just two S’s. A regular one, and a “reverse” one. But I found I needed to really focus on what I was doing with this one, getting the bottom of the S offset enough from the top part for it all to work out right (visualize a vertical line up the middle in Step 1). And I also bypassed the continuous line and added Steps 3 and 4’s strokes individually. [Confession is good for the soul.] But by all means, have a go!

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 2-S here and demonstrates it in a lovely monotangle Zentangle®.

Zentangle pattern: 2-S. Image © Mina Hsiao and

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Mina writes that with Steps 1 and 2, you create a mirror image with the 2 S’s. In Steps 3 and 4, the strokes start and end to match the strokes of Steps 1 and 2 with an aura in the middle  area.

Mina sent along these alternate methods of drawing Steps 3 and 4 showing that you can make those strokes cross in one of four places — either side of where the S’s meet in the middle (1 & 3), in the top heart (2) , or in the bottom heart(4). And when you use methods 2 or 4 below, you get hearts of different sizes on the top and bottom.

Alternate ways to draw 2-S

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Here’s another lovely monotangle featuring 2-S with a few slightly different embellishments from the example above. Pretty!

CZT Mina Hsiao's Zentangle featuring 2-S

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1 comment to How to draw 2-S

  • Maxine Erickson

    just love this pattern because hearts are my favorite. I also see another way a person could draw this design by making the number 3 lined up in a column. Allowing the crossing lines to be done seperately. going to go try that now.

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