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How to draw CHEERZ

Zentangle pattern: Cheerz. 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.UK CZT Joan Lilley was thinking of Christmas when she came up with her easy breezy Cheerz tangle, “The pattern is based on Champagne glasses – Christmas is coming!

Joan is from the CZT 16 class, and Cheerz is her first tangle on the site.

She writes,

“I live in the lovely old Minster town of Wimborne near the south coast of England.

I first came across Zentangle® on British TV whilst I was grounded, waiting for spinal surgery.  Normally, I would never have been watching daytime TV but at the end of this particular craft programme, the presenter referred viewers to the tangle website.

Using Linda’s site for patterns and instructions, I made my few first attempts and whilst in hospital recovering I found that, when I was tangling, I did not notice the pain. What a revelation that was!

There are very few CZTs in England but I was lucky enough to find Lesley Roberts, who, although lives a long way from me, was near to my son. So, on a visit there, I took a class with Lesley and realised that I hadn’t quite understood what I was trying to do. Consequently, my work changed after that. Thank you. Lesley!

Shortly afterwards I went to Rhode Island to do the CZT course. What a revelation! The best course I have ever done – and I’ve done plenty!

Since then, I have been teaching tangling in my home studio and continuing to do my own work too. I have lovely students and we really enjoy tangling together. And, as an artist, tangling is being introduced into my painting work and is intriguing my fellow artists.

Thank you, Linda and all at Zentangle.”

Curious about Joan’s “lovely old Minster town”, we visit Wikipedia:

First I wondered, what’s a Minster?

Minster is an honorific title given to particular churches in England, most famously York Minster in York, Westminster in London and Southwell Minster in Southwell. The term minster is first found in royal foundation charters of the 7th century. Although it corresponds to the Latin monasterium or monastery, it then designated any settlement of clergy living a communal life and endowed by charter with the obligation of maintaining the daily office of prayer. Widespread in 10th-century Anglo-Saxon England, minsters declined in importance with the systematic introduction of parishes and parish churches from the 11th century onwards. It continued as a title of dignity in later medieval England, for instances where a cathedral, monastery, collegiate church or parish church had originated with an Anglo-Saxon foundation. Eventually a minster came to refer more generally to “any large or important church, especially a collegiate or cathedral church”.

And as for Wimborne,

Wimborne Minster (often referred to as Wimborne) is a market town in East Dorset ... The architecture of Wimborne is regarded as one of the foremost collections of 15th, 16th and 17th century buildings in Dorset. … The most interesting examples of English architecture include the centuries-old Wimborne Minster, the town hall, the Priest’s House Museum and dozens of original 16th, 17th and 18th century fronted shops and pubs.

By Bellminsterboy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Wimborne Minster – beautiful Saxon Church made of Dorset Limestone and New Forest Stone. Photo by Bellminsterboy – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. Click the image for a larger version.

Zentangle pattern: Cheerz.Would love to enjoy a pint (or some champagne) in some of those Wimborne pubs … which brings us to Cheerz.

My example of Cheerz is based on Joan’s original with the slight modification of adding a little ink in some regular spaces, and a touch of graphite. Cheerz is interesting whichever way around you turn it as in the before-graphite version on the right. No up or down in Zentangle-land!

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Cheerz below and suggests some variations along with a bonus thought to “use the basic shape as a string“.

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6 comments to How to draw CHEERZ

  • Chrissie

    Congratulations Joan and on your birthday as well.

  • Sue Zanker

    Thanks for that lovely little pattern Joan, and to you too Linda for sharing it, AND for the great history lesson, I too was wondering what a minster was and intended looking it up when I was finished with reading on your site so it was a pleasant surprise to see that you had beaten me to it !
    Hope all the Christmas shopping and preparation time is stress free for you…..

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Sue, always fun to learn something new and interesting. And thanks too for the stress-free holiday wishes, a good goal for everyone!

  • Joan Lilley CZT16

    Linda, I can’t believe you went to all the trouble of looking up our little town on Wikipedia. Thank you so much and for all the work that you do for us all in keeping the website so interesting and lively.
    Thank you and a Happy Christmas to all.
    Joan Lilley

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