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How to draw PATIENCE

Zentangle pattern: Patience. 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.Hi y’all! We’re celebrating the first day of Spring today in the Northern Hemisphere with New York CZT Jody Genovese’s very lovely Patience tangle. Jody shared her Edgar tangle with us not so long ago.

She writes,

I sort of stumbled upon this today while playing with Buttercup. Helen Williams had done a piece on it in her blog using a wonky grid, and I liked how it looked.

I started thinking I wonder if you could do something like this with a shape other than a square. I ended up with a triangle grid and went a little ‘nzeppel’ish with the petals.

I think it may have a lot of fun applications as it could be used for a border, or to fill up some space.  I also think the petals could be embellished in many ways too.

I called it Patience because it reminded me of the Impatiens flower, which I found out is once again going to be hard to come by in NY this year because of a widespread downy mildew. I guess if we can’t have it in the garden we can have it on our Zentangle® tiles.

Such a pretty flower the Impatiens which has several nicknames including Touch me not and gets its name because of an interesting “survival of the fittest” trait:

Impatiens is a beautiful annual that makes an excellent houseplant or summer bedding plant. It is also known as “Busy Lizzie” and its name is a Latin word that describes the way its seeds shoot out of its pods when ripe (the slightest touch can make a ripe impatiens seed pod burst open and scatter its seeds).

While there are many varieties of Impatiens, this is the type most often seen in Florida throughout the winter months.

Impatiens walleriana, CC BY-SA 3.0, courtesy of Wikipedia

CZT Sandy Bartholomew’s Buttercup was the first tangle I attempted and I was captivated; it launched my Zentangle journey. While Jody’s Patience is indeed an easy tangle to do, one tip I might offer at Step 4 is to make sure that each triangle has six “legs” emanating from the orb at its center. And as Jody points out, there are many ways to embellish the petals of Patience in addition to the Buttercup-like strokes of the steps.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Patience below and features it in a Zentangle tile with the Zentangle-originals Diva Dance and Shattuck with a touch of Onamato.

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