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How to draw TRIX

Zentangle pattern: Trix. 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.Trix is a fun new versatile and mesmerizing tangle by UK tangler Lucy Farran, and it’s her first on the site.

Lucy is from Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire, England (just north of London), and according to Wikipedia,

“Welwyn Garden City was the second garden city in England (founded 1920) and one of the first new towns (designated 1948).

It is unique in being both a garden city and a new town and exemplifies the physical, social and cultural planning ideals of the periods in which it was built. …

Welwyn Garden City was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s following his previous experiment in Letchworth Garden City. Howard had called for the creation of planned towns that were to combine the benefits of the city and the countryside and to avoid the disadvantages of both. The Garden Cities and Town Planning Association had defined a garden city as:

‘a town designed for healthy living and industry of a size that makes possible a full measure of social life but not larger, surrounded by a rural belt; the whole of the land being in public ownership, or held in trust for the community.’

The town is laid out along tree-lined boulevards with a neo-Georgian town centre. It has its own environmental protection legislation, the Scheme of Management for Welwyn Garden City. Every road has a wide grass verge. The spine of the town is Parkway, a central mall or scenic parkway, almost a mile long. The view along Parkway to the south was once described as one of the world’s finest urban vistas.”

Sounds positively delightful and of literary note, near Welwyn Garden City is “Shaw’s Corner“, primary residence of the renowned Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

About her Trix tangle Lucy writes, “Its name is inspired by the fact that an individual segment looks like a shark fin or tooth, and one of the latin words for shark is pistrix, hence – trix. …

I have been tangling for almost a year now. I discovered Zentangle® by accident when I found a book in my local craft shop, whilst shopping for something else. I became immediately hooked.

I was inspired by a swirly pattern in an old colouring book I was flicking through – my attempts to replicate what I saw turned into something quite different, and once I started drawing the ‘s’ shapes, I truly could not stop until the page was full – it was a true tangling moment!

Composed entirely of S strokes, Trix is similar to Fengle but as Lucy notes while Fengle starts the same way it’s generally a stand alone pattern. Trix grows out from the center as far as you have room for and works as a monotangle or even a String to be filled with other tangles as desired. Lucy demonstrates this in her main white-on-black example below. Trix is also similar to the triangular version of Cadent that Maria illustrates in her original steps (and which often gets posted mistakenly as a new tangle) but Trix is formed without Cadent‘s initial orbs and grows without that structure.

Lucy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Trix below with the String version noted above filled with mostly Zentangle-original tangles.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. For more information, click on the image for the article “Copyrights and your blog.”

In this image Lucy shares “some monotangles to illustrate different filling and shading ideas“. Lucy’s second monotangle is the one I used for my example above.

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12 comments to How to draw TRIX

  • Judy O.

    I love how Trix can grow organically, and can also be used as a string – And I especially like the last Cadent-like variation – Thanks, Lucy! This will be fun to experiment with!

  • BJ Moore

    Trix looks like a lot of fun to draw. I will try it out today.
    Thanks for sharing your work with us.
    Happy tangling,

  • Marion Seidel

    I love it!!!

  • Jaki Ayton

    Great tangle Lucy, my 2nd cousin lived outside of Welwyn Garden City many years ago – it is a truly lovely place. Thanks for the cool tangle and a trip down memory lane. She live on the Great North road, near Robbery Bottom.
    Jaki A.

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very pretty pattern. It is always nice to have fillers and this one looks so versatile. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Anna

    I have really been enjoying drawing your addictive new tangle, using it as a string and filling it with other tangles. Mine is not as beautiful as yours, though, Lucy! Thank you.

  • Gerry DeWitt

    TRIX is one of my go-to meditative tangles now. Thanks Lucy Farrah & Linda!!

  • When I first saw the step-outs for Trix I thought eh. When I started to draw it and saw all of the possibilities, I fell in love with it! Can’t wait to start using it on an actual tile instead of my little black book! I will be able to be more free with it. Thank you for sharing your new tangle!
    Barb B. CZT

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Guess that means you can’t judge a tangle by its steps? 😉 I have to say I’ve been puzzled by the lack of response so far because it really is fun and SO easy. I hope anyone else who went “eh” will come back for another look and give it a whirl.

  • Rosemary Turpin

    I really enjoyed trying “Trix”, Lucy, so thanks for sharing it!

  • Love coming home to new tangles to play with. This one will be fun.

  • Lucy Farran

    Thanks for all your responses and comments guys, as this is my first tangle it is great to hear that people are enjoying it. Jaki, it certainly is a small world, made smaller by the easy connections made with other tanglers from all over the world on websites like this. I do not live far from the Great North Road!

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