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How to draw BUMPADOX

Zentangle pattern: Bumpadox. 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.It has been a really, really long time since we had a tangle from Ohio CZT Carole Ohl.

In fact her most recent tangle was Voga from almost exactly 5 years ago, in February 2013.

Carole deconstructed many popular tangles (until today, 25 on the site) and then she more or less “retired” from her blog because she opened a bead shop and beading obviously occupies the majority of her time. However Carole still publishes her annual Tangle*a*Day Calendar, a very popular item in the Zentangle® community. And she tells me she has a renewed passion for tangling,  “It keeps me grounded in stressful times!”

Recently Carole hosted a CZT gathering at her bead shop and one of the things resulting from the get-together was sharing her tangleation of the classic Zentangle-original Paradox.

As I shared this new discovery, Cris Letourneau looked up from whatever she was doing and cried, “Bumpadox!”

When you visit the Paradox page on this site, in addition to two videos you’ll find some interesting links to explore including one to Margaret Bremner’s “and more” series.

When I was exploring Bumpadox, I remembered one of Margaret’s tips from her “and more” post about Paradox and I used it in my example because my beginning lines left a little too much space:

What if you accidentally leave too much space between some lines? Simple! Just add a line or two between the ones that are too spacey,

In her “and more” post which is “must see” reading, Margaret explains:

There are two looks that can be achieved with Paradox. In my classes I call them “Fans” and “Twists”.

Paradox is essentially a square or triangular spiral. These two effects are obtained depending on which direction you send your spirals.

TWISTS: Regardless of whether you spiral clockwise or counter-clockwise, if you spiral in the same direction in every section you’ll end up with twists.

FANS: To get the fans you need to spiral in the opposite direction from section to section.

Zentangle pattern: Paradox. 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.For my original Paradox example shown on the right I used the square version, so I decided to use the same square version for Bumpadox. Rick Roberts also explored a two-sided version of Paradox which you can see here. All of these shapes should be fun to explore with Bumpadox.

Carole illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Bumpadox here on her blog and she demonstrates it in a monotangle tile. As Carole points out she adds what I call her trademark connecting strokes as a variation: “notice the last step is an option I add once in a while. The red lines are how I Puf the bumps. I simply connect any sharp corners formed in the auras around the bumps.” I used that in my example too.

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"... And then some"

Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner has a wonderful series of tutorials she calls "... and then some" where she takes several Zentangle®-original tangles "on a wild ride of variations". Truly, you do not want to miss these creative and inspirational tutorials. Look for the links to Margaret's tutorials on these pages:  

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