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How to draw HEART OFFSET

Zentangle pattern: Heart Offset. 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.What would February be without a heart tangle?

Today’s Heart Offset is from Aussie Helen Williams and if you’ve been around the tangling world for a while you’ll know that Helen has created lots of great tangles.

Heart Offset becomes the 28th tangle on the site featuring heart shapes. You can locate them all in the TANGLES BY TYPE section in the left sidebar, or clicking on the tag “hearts” in the date band at the bottom of this post.

AND you can locate all of Helen’s tangles on TanglePatterns by clicking on her tag (helenw) in the same location. The tags are all live links.

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Heart Offset begins with a channel grid, which is a grid composed of more-or-less parallel lines forming channels. Wonky parallel lines can also be used for another effect.

Heart Offset is a little similar to Elena Hadzijaneva’s Join but Helen’s “half-drop” and alternating directions makes the difference creating Heart Offset. The strong contrast of black and white adds an interesting optical effect to Heart Offset, similar to CZT Sue Schneider’s recent Achy-Breaky.

Helen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Heart Offset here on her blog where she includes “A red and black sample on some wonky lines.

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2 comments to How to draw HEART OFFSET

  • Donna Lamoureux

    Just when I was searching for a Valentine’s Day theme, Helen to the rescue! I love the “wonkiness” of this tangle. It looks like it would be good to draw on shells or pebbles too.

  • Thanks for posting this, Linda! I adore Helen Williams’ blog and trying my hand at her lovely tangles and amazing techniques. This is a fun one! Thanks too for pointing out the “Tags” bar just above this comments section … I hadn’t noticed it before! 🙂

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