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How to draw DOUBLE 8’s

Zentangle pattern: Double 8's. 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 tangle, Double 8’s, comes from Aussie artist Helen Williams who has quite a few very lovely tangles on the site.

Helen was revisiting a concept from some time ago from which she developed Pebble Flowers and another tangle she called 2/8’s. In her experimentation and exploration she came up with Double 8’s.

Before we get to Helen’s deconstruction, a couple of my own personal “field notes” for drawing Double 8’s.

In Helen’s Step 1, you’ll first note that the figure 8’s are very slim. AND on close examination that the columns alternate with a vertical half drop of the figure 8’s. In other words the top of an 8 in the second column aligns with the middle of the 8 in the first column — it drops down by half. The same applies when you turn your tile 90° to do Step 2.

Zentangle pattern: Double 8's. 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.In Step 3 if you make the “aura” stroke begin part the way down rather than “sliding” off the top, I think you get a slightly different-looking result. My example on the right is with the stroke part the way down. My main example above left is more like Helen’s final example. Minor change, slightly different result which would be much more evident in a larger scale.

In addition to the all-over version of Double 8’s demonstrated in her Steps instructions here, Helen also shows an “off grid” version that more resembles scattered flowers. Not quite “non-representational” as tangles are meant to be but very pretty nevertheless.

Update 08/12/2016: Helen posted some Double 8’s variations here.

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4 comments to How to draw DOUBLE 8’s

  • I love everything that Helen does! I really like your example on the right. It really gives it another dimension. Great job to both of you!
    Barb B. CZT

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Barb, but I can’t take credit for it. This was the first example I drew and I simply looked at Helen’s strokes in red in the upper left of Step 3 and without examining the rest, thought “okay, start a little way down from the top”. When I finished the whole thing that way and looked at it, I was puzzled that it didn’t look the same as Helen’s finished examples. The same, but not the same 😉

  • It’s always so lovely to have one of my patterns, featured! Thank you Linda 🙂 Both of your versions look lovely!!

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