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How to draw FRACCING

Zentangle pattern: Fraccing. Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Fraccing is a new tangle from Wellington, New Zealand, tangler Rhiannon McKinstry and this is her first on the site.

Online we learn,

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. Though sunny and mild most of the year, strong winter winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname “Windy Wellington.”

Rhiannon introduces herself and explains the name of her tangle:

I live in Wellington, New Zealand with my husband, who teaches medieval European martial arts. I have a Masters of Science in Geology, and a Masters of Teaching and Learning for Primary school aged children. I also have a lot – I mean, really, a lot – of crafting hobbies.

A friend taught me the Zentangle method in November 2013 and I’ve never looked back, creating literally hundreds of Zentangle Inspired Art tiles.

Fraccing is a petroleum industry term for widening the cracks in stone, which I thought was a good fairly nondescriptive name for a pattern based entirely on breaking the spaces sequentially with mirrored C-shapes (with straight lines in the last step). It can be shaded in several variations: 1) solidly between the largest cracks; 2) inside all the cracks; 3) gradationally from the largest cracks.

Fraccing, the tangle, is a very useful one that fits in any section of your Zentangle® tile. Just put Step 1 into the middle of a section and proceed from there. It creates an interesting woven look and has many ways it can be inked solid or filled with graphite. (BTW, I just noticed that my example doesn’t include Step 5, oopsie!)

Rhiannon illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Fraccing below and shows it in two ZIA examples.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Fraccing, tangle and deconstruction by Rhiannon McInstry. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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4 comments to How to draw FRACCING

  • Melena

    I really like this tangle. I’ll be trying this one out today. I’m particularly taken by the fact that it’s geology related.

    I fell in love with geology when I first went to college. It was a junior college and I took every class they had in the geology department. Unfortunately my math skills were not up to taking it any further than that. But I can see how geological formations would work well as tangles or even strings.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • Grace Weatherby

    Rhianna, how wonderful to see an artistic explanation of “fracking”.
    Here in New York state we have banned fracking because of the theory that fracking caused earthquakes. Wow.

    I really like the tangle and enjoyed doing it. I think it is a fine tangle at several stages of the way. At step 3 it is neat, and as more steps are added it becomes very complicated and might not fit in a small space as easily.

    Thanks for sharing Rhianna.

  • Donna Lamoureux

    Rhiannon, I like this tangle and tried it out in right away. I could see some great possibilities with color too.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Rediscovered Fraccing today via Linda’s Tangle Refresher. What a great rediscovery!

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