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How to draw RAYZ

Zentangle pattern: Rayz. 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.UK tangler Sarah Fowler was exploring the new-ish Zentangle®-original Toodles over the recent Christmas period and developed this charming tangleation she’s named Rayz.

Sarah most recently shared her Harvey tangle with us. And her whimsical Strutz tangle is literally the structure that props up and ties together the tangles on CZT Michele Beauchamp‘s ingenious and beautiful ZIA cover of the 2018 edition of my TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE. Just looking at it makes me smile!

Simple, graceful and flowing, Sarah’s Rayz is a fine tangle to get our last week of January underway.

She writes,

I was tangling Toodles and kept thinking….”what does this tangle remind me of?”

Finally I figured it out. They reminded me of manta-rays or sting rays!

So I played around with the idea and came up Rayz.

This pattern is super simple and has a nice flow when drawing it with its curvy lines.

The ‘wings’ also lend themselves to plenty of filler options using other tangles.

I’ve also included a zendala tile as an example which includes Toodles, the inspiration for Rayz.

I think in this one Rayz look like mayfly rising up from a stream….

rayz-zendala-sarah-fowler

Lovely touch of highlights with a General’s® White Charcoal Pencil on this Renaissance Tan Zendala tile.

BTW: did you catch the captivating New York Times photo essay/article about General Pencil? Love, love, love the photos by Christopher Payne, and what a fascinating process!

“Photographs like these … preserve the secret origins of objects we tend to take for granted. They show us the pride and connection of the humans who make those objects, as well as a mode of manufacturing that is itself disappearing in favor of automation. Like a pencil, these photos trace motions that may be gone some day.”

(This article has upwards of 700 comments which are interesting reading themselves. Thanks to the recent Zentangle newsletter for the heads up on this story.)

Sarah illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Rayz below and shows a couple of fill variations as well as featuring it in a lovely monotangle Renaissance Tan Zentangle tile.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Rayz, tangle and deconstruction by Sarah Fowler. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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