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How to draw SPOREZ

Zentangle pattern: Sporez. 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.If it’s Monday, it must be a super easy tangle!

Sporez is Ohio tangler Joan Stark’s third tangle on the site and it’s a fun one to tangle and to embellish. And to sprinkle around your Zentangle® tile.

Joan writes,

This tangle looked like a plant spore to me.. hence the name.

It’s super easy and you could keep going beyond the 2 rounds of cones.

Joan’s steps demonstrate a 5-sided Sporez element but for my example I went for a 7-sided version.

In this case, to control the symmetry of the 7-sided shape of Step 1 and get a pleasing result, after some experimentation I reversed some Steps. I began with the center strokes of Step 5, creating a 7-legged “asterisk”.

“An asterisk (*); from Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek asteriskos, (“little star”) is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. … One hypothesis to the origin of the asterisk is that it stems from the five thousand year old Sumerian character dingir“. ~ Wikipedia

Five thousand years old, wow. Who knew.

From there you can nicely drape the C-strokes on the tips of that framework. I like the tiny strokes Joan adds in Step 6 to give the Sporez some texture. A touch of shading adds a convex appearance to the cone shapes.

What’s useful about free-form tangles like this is you can play with their size, shape and position in your Zentangles to create visual interest.

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sporez below and shows variations by altering the shape in Step 1 to change the number of sides from 3-sided through 7-sided.

How to draw Sporez, tangle and deconstruction by Joan Stark

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6 comments to How to draw SPOREZ

  • Linda Dochtr, CZT

    I like Sporez sooo much because Step 1 shows that the starting shape doesn’t have to be a perfect geometrical shape. While practicing this tangle, I’m think that it also works by starting with any number of lines radiating away from one another. For example, Start a 5-point tangle with the stick figure of a person. Step 2, draw an interesting curve to connect one arm to the head. Step 3: Continuing in the same direction, connect the head to the other arm, the arm to a leg, that leg to the next leg, leg to the second arm and arm to the head. To finish the tangle, follow steps 2 – 4 in the published step-out.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Linda, I think that’s the same conclusion I described in the post after my experiments with Sporez. But no body parts are involved 😉

  • Linda Dochtr, CZT

    BTW – Starting with a straight line gives some interesting variations, too.

  • Liking this one. Will be fun to try some different variations.

  • Joan

    Glad to hear that others are enjoying this tangle with all its variations. It is a very forgiving tangle.

  • Yes Joan, me too like your pattern, uncomplicated, nice and with many possibilites to variate. Thank you for sharing.

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