What is Zentangle?
Your support helps keep TanglePatterns going!
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Artists for Respect

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All contents of this website are Copyright © 2010 – 2018 Linda Farmer, TanglePatterns.com, and artists where named, and protected by United States and international copyright laws.
Copying content in any form other than for your own personal offline reference, is EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.
NO CONTENT MAY BE REPRODUCED OR REPUBLISHED INCLUDING PINNING WITHOUT PERMISSION. COMMERCIAL USE OF ANY CONTENT IS PROHIBITED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

RANDOM SELECTOR

Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings.

ARCHIVES

How to draw SKELTER

Zentangle pattern: Skelter. 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.Norwegian tangler Debbie Raaen shares her Skelter tangle with us today and while it’s our 39th heart tangle, it’s her first on the site. Debbie writes that she’s coming to Providence RI in June to attend CZT#30.

Skelter starts out somewhat like its inspiration, Livia Chua’s Hearty — and BTW Livia’s tangle isn’t constructed the way you might assume by looking at it! Livia has a unique way of constructing a chain of heart shapes that is more Zentangle-like than “drawing a heart”.

First let’s have a look at Debbie’s beautiful Renaissance Tan tile featuring Skelter with the Zentangle®-originals Fescu and Scena. Lots of movement and texture going on here and a fine example of highlighting with white charcoal pencil, and the sparkle tangle enhancer.

Debbie introduces herself and describes how her tangle and its name came about:

I live just north of Trondheim in Norway with my Norwegian husband, but was born in London England. I have been hooked on tangling for a couple of years now and especially after joining the Mosaic App in September 2016. Loads of lovely people on there!

I have booked for the CZT seminar #30 this June and am really looking forward to being with like-minded people as Zentangle is fairly unknown it seems here in Norway. No CZT’s as yet I believe!

I was playing around with Livia Chua’s Hearty and this tangle emerged. It reminded me of a Tube slide like you can find at a playground which in turn reminded me of holidaying in Southend-on-Sea. (A seaside town on the estuary of the Thames where we used to go each summer.) There is a permanent fairground there called Adventure Island and when I was young there was an old fashioned version of the tube slide called a helter skelter. I thought Skelter would be a fun name for a tangle. Hence the name.

This tangle is fun because you can create a lot of depth with shading which is one of the things I love about this type of tangle.

It starts off with a stack of hearts and by auraing on every other heart, snakes it’s way upwards. To finish the tangle at the bottom I just drew a circle and aura-ed it instead of the heart. This was what triggered the memory of the helter skelter as it reminded me of sliding off the end of the slide.

Skelter can also be used as a single heart shape by continuing the aura around the heart and in 3’s or 4’s as in the tiles.

Here’s another of Debbie’s Zentangle tiles with Skelter and “with gems, enyshou, bales and festune.

Debbie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Skelter below where she features it in a lovely tile with the Zentangle-original Finery and sprinkles of the recently named Therefore (aka Tri-dots).

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Skelter, tangle and deconstruction by Debbie Raaen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining copyright in plain English.

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours.

Check out the tag debbier for more of Debbie’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

Related Links

Enhance your Zentangle experience ...

CURRENT EDITION! TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2018 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE - 2018 Edition

The newest Edition of my TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download 60-page digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2017. Containing over 1,000 tangles, it's a must-have tool for using the site.

"Linda, Thank you! I was relying on too few and getting stuck after 3 years of daily working with Zentangle. This has inspired me to ‘begin again’ with renewed excitement." ~ Barbara R.

Visit the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support TanglePatterns.com by getting your copy now!
GIFT ORDERS: To give the TANGLE GUIDE as a gift, visit this page to place your gift order.
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1 NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER!! Don't miss the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H

The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

15 comments to How to draw SKELTER

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  

  

  

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.