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Tangle Refresher 161– Featuring a random string, plus how to draw Marasu, Xin, Lamar, Sinchun, Petal Pusher

Tangle Refresher!Yesterday, August 24th, was the 25th “anniversary” of Hurricane Andrew here in South Florida. Robert and I have such vivid memories of that very scary time and evacuating our home not knowing whether it would be there when/if we returned. We were fortunate, many many thousands were not. As I said, vivid memories.

And 12 years ago today Hurricane Katrina struck the Fort Lauderdale area of South Florida before crossing over the state, exiting Florida Bay and traveling north in the Gulf and on to wreak major havoc on New Orleans.

Today our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in coastal Texas and the surrounding states as the very dangerous Hurricane Harvey makes landfall late tonight and the early morning hours around Corpus Christi.

Estimates of an historic 30+ inches of rain and a 12-foot storm surge together with powerful storm-force winds make this such a terrifying and devastating prospect. The storm’s path is pretty horrifying itself, as it is predicted to go inland to San Antonio then come back out into the Gulf and travel East to make landfall again at Houston.

Interactive Forecast Graphics and Coastal Watches/Warnings, Hurricane Harvey Advisory #021, 10:00 am CDT Fri Aug 25, 2017

We pray for the safety and well-being of everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey over the days to come.

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Many tanglers like to use these biweekly Tangle Refreshers as their Zentangle® challenge-of-the-day.

In that spirit I used the RANDOM SELECTOR in the left sidebar (desktop version of the site) to choose this TanglePatterns String – either to go with today’s Buried Treasure or just to use as a starting point for your day’s tangling.

Think of this as your tangle Challenge, if you’re so inclined. TanglePatterns String 140 is from tangler Sabrina Croft and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 140 - Pinning content from this site is not permitted. Copyright notice is posted on the bottom of every page. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print. Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print. Pinning content from this site is not permitted. Copyright notice is posted on the bottom of every page. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print. Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print. Pinning content from this site is not permitted. Copyright notice is posted on the bottom of every page. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Remember that Zentangle strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so that they magically disappear when you’ve finished tangling the tile.

A string is a simple device to “divide your drawing surface into sections to be filled with tangles“.

In the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 there is an entire section devoted to Strings which in part explains:

As you tangle, your strings disappear as if by magic. This adds to the charm and unified appearance of your completed art. If you had used a pen to draw your string, you would still see the initial sectioning in your completed creation.

Strings are not intended to be the focal point of your tile.

More String advice from The Book of Zentangle:

A string is a useful reference, but it is not an impenetrable barrier. Practice going outside your string. It will help increase your ability to think outside the box.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you visit these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media. Thanks!

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Marasu. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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. Marasu
Zentangle pattern: Xin. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing IN ANY FORM including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission. Xin
Zentangle pattern: Lamar. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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. Lamar
Zentangle pattern: Sinchun. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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. Sinchun
Zentangle pattern: Petal Pusher. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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. Petal Pusher
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 133

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3 comments to Tangle Refresher 161– Featuring a random string, plus how to draw Marasu, Xin, Lamar, Sinchun, Petal Pusher

  • Myra U.

    Love these Zentangles. I would love to subscribe and get a kit, but a fixed income is a pain. I really enjoy drawing and “monkeying around” with them. Thanks for a lovely, stimulating hobby.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Subscribing is free Myra, look for the signup box at the upper right of any page on the site. You can also find a “Subscribe to free emails” page on the ABOUT menu.

      Glad to know you’re enjoying the resources on the site for your hobby 🙂

  • Melena

    I’m glad this hurricane is missing you there in Florida. I always get concerned about those when they come too close to you. Luckily we don’t have those here in California……..yet! :-0 I just wonder how they can tell it is going to go inland a bit and then turn back into the Gulf and come to land again a bit further up the coast. I sure hope it decides to just go play itself out really fast. Here’s to wishing everyone well.

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