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How to draw EDGAR

Zentangle pattern: Edgar. 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.Edgar is another fun tangle from the “deconstructer” of the Trangle tangle, NY CZT Jody Genovese.

Jody writes that Edgarjust showed up one night“.

Here’s how she describes the moment,

So that I don’t completely abandon by husband and make him a Zentangle widower (he he) I draw in my journal while we watch World News and Evening News.

One of the stories caught my attention because there was a gorgeous pattern on the back wall of a school room.

We went outside to sit by our koi pond after we finished the news and I continued to draw. If you have ever had the pleasure and honor of watching koi you know how majestic, graceful and playful they are. In and of themselves they bring on a meditative state. It is one of my favorite places to tangle.

Anyway, I was trying to remember the pattern from the news, kind of unsuccessfully. I remember drawing, know I was in ‘the zone’ … next thing I knew I kind of came out of that state, looked down and in my journal tucked between some other sketches was this kind of cool little organic border.

I showed my husband, who is always very encouraging anyway, and he loved it. I am calling it Edgar after the late Edgar Cayce. As I am sure you recall he was a Christian and psychic medium who would go into a trance and come out with all sorts of goodies for people. He was dubbed ‘The sleeping prophet’.

This is a tribute to Edgar since it came out of a meditative state.

About two decades ago a very unusual friend introduced me to the work of Edgar Cayce and I did quite a bit of reading by and about him and his “new age” compatriots. There’s a lot of very intriguing food for thought in that genre. But moving right along …

Edgar is a fun, unusual ribbon or border-type tangle and is made all the more interesting by the use of the tangle enhancer Sparkle. A bit of shading around the edges and on the “orby” side shapes gives it a nice bit of dimension.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Edgar below and she features it in a duotangle tile with the Zentangle®-original tangle Cubine.

How to draw Edgar, deconstruction by CZT Jody Genovese, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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16 comments to How to draw EDGAR

  • joyce

    Edgar is a really cute tangle. Thank you, Jody. And thank you for posting it, Linda.

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Congratulations, Jody! Love Edgar and the story of how it (he?) came into existence…

  • Martha Ezell

    Interesting that you mentioned Edgar Cayce. I taught his grandson, Trey, in the first grade in 1972 or 1973. He had been reading well since age 3, and was super-smart. At that time I studied up on Edgar Cayce and found him fascinating. Thanks for the memories. And I like the tangle, too.

    • Jody Genovese

      How do you like that Martha? First, that you taught his grandson, but second that Zentangle would bring back that memory for you. Kind of neat. Thank you for the story and the kind words.

  • Oh Jody!!! Such a cool tangle!!!! I have to try this 🙂
    Thanks a lot for sharing it Linda
    and congratulations to Jody from Germany :-)!!!
    Best wishes from Cologne,

  • Lesley Goldberg

    Love your newest creation! Edgar looks quite versatile 🙂

  • Melena

    Great tangle, Jody. It’s fun to do and I see so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Jody Genovese

    Thank you for the warm comments everyone. He (Edgar) really is quite easy to draw as wonky works!
    A special thank you to my Mosaic App friends from Germany Jutta and Nadine and my CZT classmate Lesley! Thank you ladies for the constant support. Means the world.

  • Marguerite W. Meara

    Great pattern and an unbelievable spirit. Great pattern in memory of a great man.

  • Brooke Rooker

    Excellent tangle and great method of creating. Most of my new tangles come to me the same way. Less “by me” and more “through me”
    Most of them just sort of create themselves. If I show up, they show up! Thanks for sharing this neat design and very inspirational story too. 🙂

    • Jody Genovese

      What a lovely sentiment, thank you Brooke. It’s so true, they sometimes just appear. It was fun how this one popped in on me. I appreciate the support. Happy Holidays!

  • Nancy Pearson

    Jody. Thank you for Edgar. I love your Zentangle. I like how you drew different sizes of Edgar. “Sparkle” adds so much to a tangle (the frosting on the cake”. I know nothing of Edgar Cayce. I do know the difference, however, between sitting by a Koi pond and sitting by a furnace in Utah’s (USA) 20 degrees! The good thing is wherever we sit we still have Zentangle! That is a good thing. Thank you Jody and Linda. Nancy

    • Jody Genovese

      Nancy that is funny! However, I just heard on the news last night that Utah has become the number one place for people to move to so obviously there is something great going on there :o)
      We are actually sitting by the furnace now too if it makes you feel any better and the koi are hiding in their cave…
      Always good to have Zentangle to pass the winter months, or any month for that matter.
      I hope your holidays are wonderful and thank you for taking the time to comment. So much appreciated.

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