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How to draw PERNULA

Zentangle pattern: Pernula. 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.Happy Monday, and thank you for joining us this fine April day. At last our six-month “sugar season” {Hallowe’en > Thanksgiving > Christmas > Valentine’s Day > Easter} has wrapped up for another year and the diet season begins 😉

Today Ohio tangler Joan Stark shares Pernula with us, our easy Monday tangle, and it’s her fifth on the site.

Joan writes,

The Latin origin of “pearl” is “pernula”. It is a lovely name and used in some of the classifications of mollusks that create the beautiful pearls.

I like to think that this tangle will do for “shading-ly challenged” people what “Wooooooo” did for “ribbonly-challenged” people…

Pernula starts with a bunch/strand of connected humps. Those humps are mirrored with more humps– making sure that they do NOT touch each other.

The only places to close-off the strand are at the ends. For best results, the strand of humps should curve in various directions.

Next shade each unclosed (and closed) orb with a dark crescent that goes from 3-9 o’clock across it. For this you will have to picture an old-fashioned non-analog clock face.

If you can’t picture the clock, shade from right to left side with a downward crescent. All the shaded crescents will be parallel with with other — all horizontal crescents.

This shading gives the strand lots of depth. This shading technique may be obvious to some Tanglers.

But for some “Shadingly-Challenged” people it may suddenly make the entire shading concept a bit easier!

Zentangle pattern: Pernula. 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.

Adding the shading to Pernula is both fun and absorbing, I found that using one of my older, “well-graphited” tortillions worked great for this. Pernula offers lots of interesting possibilities as you vary the size and arrangement of the strokes. I played with this version where this ribbon-style tangle becomes an all-over pattern by placing the strands of Pernula side-by-side. Curved variations such as Joan demonstrates below have all kinds of possibilities.

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Pernula below and she features it in a multi-layered dimensional ZIA monotangle. Notice how Joan’s strings of Pernula become smaller and smaller in the background enhancing the impression of depth in this piece.

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