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How to draw MESHMERIZE

Zentangle pattern: Meshmerize. 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.Barcelona tangler Tomàs Padrós is back today with a new tangle he’s called Meshmerize following on the recent success of his Membranart tangle.

And if you notice me switching accents around in his name, Tomàs sends his emails with one version (Tomás) and his illustrations have another (Tomàs). So the editor in me asked him which was correct. He replied,

The two accents are valid. Tomás is Spanish and Tomàs is Catalan. I usually write it in the second way (à) but it is not a vital question for me. 🙂

So there we have it, Tomas is \ and Padros is /.

Tomàs explains Meshmerize is a tangle that “arose playing with Huggins and changing the links between the dots.

The name came to me right away. I think it is appropriate since it forms a mesh with a certain hypnotic effect.

I find amusing its quilting arrangement and the game of links and overlaps.

This is a cool tangle to play with composed of just a dot grid, a curve stroke and a straight stroke. Meshmerize looks interesting regardless of which way around you turn it. The rounding added in Step 5 makes all the difference to the final effect. The shading Tomàs added in his tiles really emphasizes the woven effect compared to the “flat”, shading-free version of my example.

A note on how I start my dot grids in case it helps you. I usually put the first dots in the outer corners of the section where I want the dot grid to go. In the case of my tangle examples that’s in the outer 4 corners. Then I eyeball where the middle is on all sides and add those. From there it’s easy to distribute the rest of the dots evenly using the others as a guide. That’s my take on it. If you have another way of going about this, love you to share in the comments!

Tomàs illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Meshmerize below and demonstrates it in a meshmerizing monotangle 😉

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In this lovely Zentangle® tile, Tomàs combines Meshmerize with the Zentangle-original Shattuck in curved and straight line versions.

In this alternate way of tangling Meshemerize Tomàs uses an offset dot grid. And for a third version he asks, “What happens if I make a ‘mistake’ in Step 2?” (compare the 3rd column of curves in Step 2 with the one in the lower left where he’s marked “Oops”). Answer: “No problem!” If you “accidentally” repeated the first column, then follow it by repeating the second column and so on.

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