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How to draw FISSION

Zentangle pattern: Fission. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized reproduction or distribution (including pinning) of this copyrighted work is illegal.Here’s another tangle from my recent pattern archives review. Fission is a pretty tangle from Richard Anderson, and it’s his first on the site. It’s a nice easy tangle to get the week underway.

While it is similar in a way to the Zentangle®-original Ahh, Fission starts with an orb in the center and works out from there.

As you’ll see in Richard’s Zentangle tile below, Fission can be developed outwards as an allover pattern as he explains and illustrates in his “Fission with Fission”.

Photo of Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot) courtesy of Wikipedia; By Christian Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Photo of Queen Anne’s Lace (Wild Carrot) courtesy of Wikipedia; By Christian Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Richard writes,

I am rather new to this and have loved your site. One day as I was walking my dog and seeing tangles in everything, I started looking closely at some Queen Anne’s Lace.

Deconstructing it showed that it really is a central flower surrounded by six more, surrounded by six more, surrounded by six more. You get the idea you could extend the sequence out for a long way.

The pattern I developed starts with a circle. The circle is than built up with six more surrounding it. Add six more in the spaces still touching. Add six more in the spaces further out and not touching. Add a final ring of six more.

I added straight lines to the center. I was going to name it Quanla using the letters from the flower but it really reminded me of nuclear fission so I settled on that.

Zentangle pattern: Fission. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePattIf you need help getting six orbs evenly spaced around the center one in Step 2, try putting one at the “north pole” and one at the “south pole” first. Then you can easily fit the other two between them on each side. On the right is my attempt at “Fission with Fission” but in this size of example things got a little crowded.

Richard illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Fission below and features it in a very cool monotangle. Richard’s subtle shading looks like it was done with the graphite left on a tortillion and it gives the impression of the outward “explosion” movement of Fission.

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