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How to draw STARSKY

Zentangle pattern: Starksy. 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.I appear to be on a bit of a “star” theme lately and along that line is this cool Starsky tangle from Pittsburgh CZT Sue Schneider.

Sue has previously shared her Flutter Net and Achy-Breaky tangles with us.

She describes her Starsky tangle,

While exploring pentagons, I came up with Starsky. Simple to construct, based on slightly curved lines inside the pentagon shape.

I especially like the way they can connect to one another by sharing one or two sides, growing outward from the initial pentagon, in a rather wonky way.

And there’s room for different fill patterns; and nesting one star within another.

Just as an aside and for the artist within me, I like the way this pattern can illustrate the concept of different fills having different tonal values: black, white, parallel lines for a mid-tone.

Starksy is kind of like building a jigsaw puzzle except these puzzle pieces are all flat sided.

Sue’s steps show a simple way to create 5-pointed stars within the structure of a pentagon. Starsky grows outwards with additional pentagons emerging along the sides of the previous ones and it’s fun turning your tile and growing the tangle in all directions. As Sue notes, there’s loads of potential for a variety of fills including nested stars. Each seems to have a personality of its own.

Sue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Starsky below and she also demonstrates how to use it in a ribbon or border-style tangle together with some interesting fill variations.

Zentangle pattern: Starsky by CZT Sue Schneider

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4 comments to How to draw STARSKY

  • Mary D'Angelo

    Sue’s tangles are always exciting and fun to play with! She is a wonderful, creative teacher who includes concepts like balancing the density/airiness of patterns and light to dark values. I can’t wait to try this one! Mary D’Angelo

  • Both versions look interesting and nice to use, thank you for sharing.

  • Suzanne

    When I first looked at this I thought “Meh” but then I stared playing with it and its a LOT of fun!! I shouldn’t have judged before I tried it, so thanks to Sue (and Linda) for sharing. This is a good one.

  • Sue Schneider,CZT

    Thanks for the friendly comments. Suzanne, it just goes to show that it’s worth the effort to explore, even patterns that don’t initially inspire. I’m teaching this tonight at a class “Star Light, Star Bright”–along with other star-like patterns: Stella, Ahh!, and Gneiss. A fun take on seasonal inspiration.

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