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How to draw TATTLE

Zentangle pattern: Tattle. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Believe it or not, there truly is a kind of order to this easy Tattle tangle and as South African CZT Milde Weiss writes, it’s “a very handy filler for any space“.

Milde “discovered” Tattle “While en route back from the CZT training in Providence in 2013”, it was on the wall in the restroom aboard the airplane!

Here Milde explains how to draw her tangle and why she named it Tattle,

I envisage a wooden picnic table, as seen from the side: a flat top, with angled legs.

The main thing is that no lines should touch.

So I begin with the ‘table top’ (a horizontal line), and draw 2 ‘legs’ underneath, without touching the top. Then I turn the tile, and use each leg as another table top, adding legs that don’t touch the top.

I also turn the tile completely and use the other side of the original table top to start a new table. And so I carry on, until the space is filled.

If I get to a stage where I can’t add more legs without touching the other lines, I just start with a new table top.

The name ‘Tattle’ is made up by juggling the letters of ‘table top and legs’.

The shape of Tattle is reminiscent of the mathematical symbol for Pi …

A Pi Pie - By GJ (Pi_pie2.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By GJ (Pi_pie2.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

but as Milde points out “The main thing is that no lines should touch.”

Milde illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tattle here and features it in a Zentangle® with a few Zentangle-original tangles. As you’ll see in Milde’s tile, using varying weight strokes also gives another dimension to her tangle. {For more on this, see Expanding your range of options with a Sakura Micron 01 Pen.}

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.

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.

In this example, Milde writes, “In the variation I added 3 small dots between every pair of legs, and in the second segment I placed a bigger dot on each table top, flanked by a small dot on each side. And then I randomly added some even bigger dots! In bigger versions, one can of course use open circles instead of dots, and shade them separately.

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