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How to draw 1+1

Zentangle pattern: 1+1. 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.We’re headed towards our Memorial Day long weekend in the USA, the official unofficial start of Summer.

The last two weeks have been very soggy wet ones in South Florida, and all up the Eastern coast for that matter. There are reports of lots of flooding (not great for the agriculture industry) and tons of humidity with mid-80°F temperatures (~30°C). We really needed the rain, but it can stop already!

On Saturday Robert and I are also celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary with a nice staycation and an evening out at one of our favorite local restaurants. Really looking forward to that.

Today Taiwan CZT Damy Teng is back with her 1+1 tangle. This one is amazingly versatile, so many many options and Damy shares several tiles as examples. The first tile also features the Zentangle®-originals Mooka and some Crescent Moon-filled Molygon.

As you may recall, Damy is a quilter and she has interests in other needlework creations because she writes,

1+1 is a design inspired by an embroidery pattern.

You can vary the number of cross-stitches, one, two, three, five, etc.,

You can try combining a different number of cross-stitches.

It’s cool how our eyes see “ghost circles” where the strokes approach each other in the center of each grid square. Or if you’re not particularly precise making your strokes/stitches equal in length, as in my graduated example on the right, you might see ghost star shapes.

Damy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 1+1 below where she also features just a few of the potential variations for you to explore. Using colorful stitches is another interesting ZIA way to experiment with 1+1.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern 1+1, tangle and deconstruction by Damy Teng. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Two more 1+1 Zentangle tile examples using 3 stitches and 5 stitches:


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10 comments to How to draw 1+1

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Thank you..Fascinating idea.

  • Bunny Wright

    Ooooh, I see the ‘ghost circles’, very cool. Love this pattern, simple but effective!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Congratulations to you and Robert on your 45th Anniversary – I wish you many, many more of them! (and great years in between them, of course!)
    You know when I first saw this pattern it looked too simple, but then when I saw all the variations and experienced those “ghost” shapes, I saw lots of possibilities! I will be trying this one out for sure!

  • Love it so much !! Thank you !

  • Nancy Pearson

    Damy I love your 1+1. I did not see the ghost circles at first and then they just popped! Cool. I am doing this tonight. Thank you Damy!

    Linda, Happy Anniversary. Today (24th) is my 45th Wedding Anniversary and my husbands name is Robert! We are also going out to our favorite restaurant that is about 100 miles away. Day trip! Enjoy your day on Saturday. Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you do in running this website that is so full of information. Thank you for giving us a place to go for enjoyment, relaxation and knowledge. Nancy

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Happy 45th Anniversary to you and Robert for today, Nancy! How cool that we’re 2 days apart. Lilac time! Thanks so much for your lovely wishes too, most appreciated.


    Very cool, and so simple! Thank you, Linda and Damy!

  • Thanks Damy for another fun tangle.

    And a very Happy 45th Anniversary to Linda and Robert. Have a wonderful day on Saturday.

  • Easy & fun with so many variations! I discovered this tangle does take focus though … ?

  • I love this tangle! the “holes” that the lines create are mesmerizing! I’ve been using it a lot!

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