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How to draw Z’ELE

Zentangle pattern: Z'ele. 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.Z’ele is a great Monday tangle and it comes to us from Oregon-based CZT Jane Dickinson. It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a tangle from Jane but she’s contributed several strings to our community resource. And today it’s great to have her back with a cool tangle.

As Jane recounts, she recently spent some time browsing the art section in her local public library (Yay for public libraries!) and found lots of tangle inspiration in her meanderings.

Here’s one recent result, Z’ele, pronounced like the English word “zeal” as in your Zeal for Zentangle!

Z’ele is inspired by the Zentangle®-original Eke in combination with our basic square grid (reticula).  Z’ele comes together with graceful looping cursive strokes — e l e — tangled as you turn your tile. Jane recommends you start with a grid that’s “not tiny”. And don’t forget the “tails”, very important!. She also provides some more tips in her post.

My example of Z’ele is Jane’s basic tangle without a single embellishment. I know, it took restraint on my part 😉 because Z’ele clearly invites even just a touch of graphite here and there to create a pattern-within-a-pattern, maybe some auras or rounding … I’m sure you can imagine many possibilities!

Jane illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Z’ele here on her blog and she includes three lovely example tiles of Z’ele featuring several Zentangle-original tangles. Jane’s examples demonstrate Z’ele as a ribbon or border-style tangle and also shows how interesting Z’ele looks on a more expanded grid than my example is able to show.

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