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How to draw HEXASTAR

Zentangle pattern: Hexastar. 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.Today’s easy tangle, Hexastar, is from Canadian tangler Rosemary Turpin and it’s her second tangle on the site.

When I first saw Hexastar I thought it was Beth Snoderly’s Tips but on further examination, it’s not! 🙂

Rosemary writes,

This idea just turned up on one of my tiles sometime around last July and I liked it, but thought it might be too simple or too much like something else. But then a couple of friends admired it when I used it recently – one said it made her think. 

I called it Hexastar because it’s sort of magic in a way – although one starts with diamonds, a six-pointed star pattern emerges.

Hexastar starts with a diamond grid and proceeds simply with just two more steps from there. I don’t think we’ve had a diamond grid-based tangle in a while and they are always fun to draw.

In Rosemary’s notes she suggests, “try to make a continuous line between the pie shapes” of Step 3. Another way of drawing Hexastar is to make the continuous line of Step 3 before you do the pie shapes of Step 2. As you draw the continuous line, aim for the half way point in the grid. Then you can fill in the pies after that.

Rosemary illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hexastar below. Her Zentangle® tiles show Hexastar together with several Zentangle®-original tangles.

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7 comments to How to draw HEXASTAR

  • Paulette Mattingly

    Nice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tonya Blankenship

    I like it because it reminds me of bow-ties. In response to Rosemary’s comment about her hesitance to submit it due to its simplicity, I find that my favourite finished Zentangles consist of a combination of complex and simple patterns. I can’t wait to incorporate this into a piece.

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  • Barb Masinton

    I love this pattern. I immediately made mine “tubular” (would post a picture if I could cause it worked beautifully!!). Now I’m going for a Hexastar beach ball! Thanks!

  • Thank you all for your kind comments! Barb, I wish I knew what you mean by tubular = maybe just a long row of Hexastar? The beach ball sounds like you are going to make the pattern look round somehow, which sounds like fun!

    • Barb Masinton

      Hi Rosemary! Hexastar works beautifully in-the-round! I tried to find good grid direction and then wrapped the pattern around a tube or pipe shape then shaded like crazy to give dimension. The beachball effect was similar, where I laid the grid over a circle, inked in the pattern and shaded the circle like a ball. It was fun! Hexastar worked beautifully for both approaches.

  • Nordzin Pamo

    I’m not usually a big fan of grid pattern zentangles. They are often too fussy for my style of appreciation. This one, however, is delightful in its elegant lines and simplicity. Thank you.

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