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How to draw DELYS

Zentangle pattern: Delys. 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.Happy Monday, and Happy October! Time flies …

Today tangler Jenna Black is back with her lovely Delys tangle and this is her seventh tangle on the site. Jenna writes,

I started out trying to develop a new pattern based off of a V shape, and this is what I came up with.

The shape reminds me of a fleur-de-lis, and that’s where the name Delys came from.

I like the way the Vs can fit together to form a border or a bloom–or even stand alone, with a little extra embellishment.

About the fleur-de-lis Wikipedia informs,

The fleur-de-lis/fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) or flower-de-luce is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”) that is used as a decorative design or symbol. Many of the saints are often depicted with a lily, most prominently St. Joseph.

Since France is a historically Catholic nation, the Fleur de lis became commonly used … especially in French heraldry.

… While the fleur-de-lis has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, it is particularly associated with the French monarchy in a historical context, and continues to appear in the arms of the King of Spain (from the French House of Bourbon dynasty) and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and members of the House of Bourbon. It remains an enduring symbol of France that appears on French postage stamps, although it has never been adopted officially by any of the French republics.

According to French historian Georges Duby, the three petals represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed.

There are lots of great examples and a wealth of background information about the fleur-de-lis on the Wikipedia page. Another tangle on the site with a similar motif is Taiwan CZT Hsin-Ya Hsu’s Croscro. Delys is best in a bit of a larger scale and for my example I added a simple aura to set it off.

Jenna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Delys below and features it in a lovely monotangle as a border or ribbon, as an individual element, and “in the round”.

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With this beautiful colorful Zentangle-inspired tile Jenna writes “I especially love how they look in color, which is why I include an extra color tile just to show it off.”

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Check out the tag jennab for more of Jenna’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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