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How to draw DREAMDEX

Zentangle pattern: DreamDex. 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.DreamDex is a pretty grid-based tangle from Singapore CZT Debbie New, and it’s her first on the site.

Debbie writes,

I make hand-made accessories and I am self-taught. I discovered Zentangle by chance in June-July 2014 and made the trip to Providence to become a certified Zentangle teacher in April 2015 [CZT18].

DreamDex is formed on the same type of underlying triangle grid (reticula) as the”official” tangle ‘Nzeppel. Then the identical backwards “S” shape is added to every section of the grid as you turn your tile. In my example above I felt I wanted fatter S strokes than what I initially tangled (the graphite-filled areas) so I went back in and aura-ed each one. As Debbie notes on her steps, the center areas of each can be embellished (or not), however you like.

On flickr, look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen to download the steps.

Debbie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing DreamDex here on her flickr account.

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5 comments to How to draw DREAMDEX

  • Debbie, This is such a lovely pattern and I admire your creativity! Congratulations from your CZT18 friend Nancy.

  • Len de Graaf

    Okay, I have to say this is a nice tangle! It flows so beautifully, one of my favourites! Thank you Debbie!

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    The hex reticula is one of my favs so I knew I had to try Dreamdex right away. I also enjoy the appearance of “motion” in tangles. I tried the most simple form of Dreamdex to play with that idea. Using the concept of “Graphite is a Color, Too”, I darkly colored one of each pair of spaces enclosed with S-curves. The result appeared to be spinning around their common axis. Enjoy.

  • Anna cheer

    Love this! I did irregularly shaped triangles (but ensuring that they were all joined by their points) and my monotangle came out just beautifully. This will definitely become a go-to tangle, thank you Debbie!

  • David

    This is a great hex pattern with lots of options – thanks for sharing.

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