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How to draw GNEISS

Zentangle pattern: Gneiss. 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.Gneiss (pronounced “nice”) is one of the 102 original Zentangle®-original tangles. And it makes a very Gneiss Thanksgiving gift! 🙂

At the zenAgain CZT-only event last week, Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner presented one of her “and then some” classes on this “early” tangle. As Margaret says, Gneisslooks like a star with aplomb“.

While she doesn’t present Maria’s original steps showing how to draw Gneiss, Margaret does demonstrate a wide range of wonderful and creative ways to play with this tangle.

Here is Margaret’s fun tutorial, Niiice! Gneiss, and then some.

PSSST – TIP: take a close look at the section Margaret calls Gneiss-ly Irregular, that gives you the most complete “clue” to tangling this tangle until Zentangle HQ posts the original steps themselves.

Niiice! Geneiss, and then some is the newest addition to Margaret’s wonderful series of tutorials she calls “… and then some” where she takes several Zentangle®-original tangleson a wild ride of variations“. Truly, you do not want to miss any of these creative and inspirational tutorials.

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4 comments to How to draw GNEISS

  • Dina Pavlis

    Thanks to Margaret for an awesome tutorial! I loved learning about all of these variations for Gneiss (and also learning the correct pronunciation). Can’t wait to check out her other tutorials. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Thankful for people like you Margaret. What an awesome tutorial with Gneiss. You have inspired me to play with this tangle some more. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving too.

  • Ruth

    Happy thankful thoughts for your constant generosity and thoughtfulness. Have a restful and relaxing day.

  • Melena

    I love this tangle. And Margaret, you have just made this an even more fun tangle. I’m still working on doing my own variations and your tutorials really help me understand this part better. I just filled a page in my sketchbook with a bunch of variations on Gneiss – very nice! 😉

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