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How to draw MA-XIII

Zentangle pattern: MA-XIII.. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Last week we had our first tangle from Japan with the inclusion of CZT Shinmi Sato’s Fran.

Today’s lovely tangle, MA-XIII, comes to us from French tangler Chantal Florin, and I do believe this is our first tangle deconstruction to come from France and naturally it’s her first on the site.

While this may look complicated, of course it is easy or it wouldn’t be here! As Rick and Maria put it, tangles should be “magical, simple and easy to create“.  We’ll get to Chantal’s how-to’s in just a moment, first let’s meet her and learn about her tangle’s inspiration.

Chantal begins, “I live in the north of France, in Amiens. There is in Amiens a beautiful gothic cathedral.”

So of course I had to go looking for the Cathedral Chantal refers to and found this photo of the glorious Our Lady of Amiens Cathedral, or more properly Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens, courtesy of Wikipedia. With this tidbit (bold emphasis is mine):

Medieval cathedral builders were trying to maximize the internal dimensions in order to reach for the heavens and bring in more light. In that regard, the Amiens cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching an internal height of 42.30 metres (138.8 ft) … The cathedral was built between 1220 and c.1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. ~ Wikipedia

By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Own work, CC BY 3.0

By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT – Own work, CC BY 3.0

Wow, just wow.

Chantal continues,

When I visited this cathedral with some friends on holidays at home, I saw this glorious pattern near the north portal. These are eight centuries old!

Chantal Florin's photograph of her inspiration for MA-XIII

© Chantal Florin, her inspiration for MA-XIII from the Cathedral at Amiens, France.

I have named this tangle: ‘MA-XIII’, ‘MA’ for Middle Ages and ‘XIII’ for the thirteenth century, when this cathedral was built.

I am a French tangler, since 2014. I have learned the Zentangle Method with the Zentangle Kit (a gift from my son) and much time spent on your website. I have also followed lessons with the only French CZT, Juliette Flessinger last year. I love this practise !

Mini or MA-XIII, this is a fun tangle to draw with such pretty results. An alternative way to start MA-XIII is with a grid of alternating solid and hollow dots/orbs as seen in Step 4, this helps keep the placement of the solid ones far enough apart to allow space for the rest of the strokes.

Chantal illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing MA-XIII below and in her Zentangle® monotangle tile she uses different fills and embellishments for some lovely variations. Nice deconstruction!

Zentangle pattern: MA-XIII.

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