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How to draw D’ENEH

Zentangle pattern: D'eneh. 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.Happy Mother’s Day, belatedly … I trust you enjoyed a beautiful weekend celebrating and honoring Moms everywhere. Robert and I are so blessed, fortunate, grateful that ours are both still with us (Robert’s Mum 93, my Mom 88), Grande Dames of our families and role models par excellence.

Today’s interesting ribbon-style tangle D’eneh comes from Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp and it’s her first on the site.

Cyndi hails from Blackstock, Ontario. Here she shares how she discovered Zentangle®, the origins of her tangle and its name along with some tangling tips.

Online 1.5 years ago, I stumbled upon a drawing of a horse bust with a intriguingly artistic mane. Research finally led me to Zentangle. Having no formal art training but enjoying crafts, I wanted to try my hand at it. I’ve been tangling ever since.

The pattern D’eneh was inspired by an incredible macro photo of DNA. It’s simple to draw and has numerous possibilities. 

1. Base lines – draw an incomplete Eke pattern.  
2. Bottom fanned lines [Step 4] – start with the straight middle line then use the same start point for each of the other lines.  
3. Top fanned lines [Step 5] – use the same start point for each of the lines.

D’eneh produces a cool twisted texture and is indeed simple to tangle. I discovered that for me Step 1 is more easily accomplished by doing it “upside-down” as series of curves, then turning the tile to complete the remaining steps. The shape and spacing came more fluidly for my trick thumb this way.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing D’eneh below. She includes two lovely Zentangle tiles showing her tangle in large versions, the smaller one on the right features rounding which adds another interesting visual “twist”.

How to draw D'eneh

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