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How to draw DAYZEE-MAE

Zentangle pattern: Dayzee-Mae. 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.Canadian CZT Bunny Wright has a lovely “summery” tangle she’s named Dayzee-Mae for us today.

Dayzee-Mae is a pretty, non-objective “floral” tangle that comes together without actually drawing a flower. As Zentangle® co-founder Maria Thomas notes, “keep the tangles as little like ‘drawing something’ as possible. One simple stroke in many places, then a different stroke next to the others…etc.

Dayzee-Mae came to Bunny in her early morning sleep, as she writes,

I ‘dreamed’ up this little pattern early the other morning before i rose and I just got up and drew the whole thing.

As I have shown it makes a nice summery border as well as a regular pattern and I’m sure there could be lots of variations found as well.

Since it is ‘daisy-like’ the name ‘Daisy-Mae’ came to mind from the old cartoon Li’l Abner fame, so I have named it ‘Dayzee-Mae’.

I suspect you have to be of a certain age to remember Li’l Abner, Daisy Mae Yokum, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, Marryin’ Sam and the rest of the comic strip’s satirical characters, and I’m right there!

According to the very detailed entry in Wikipedia, Li’l Abner paved the way “for Pogo, Feiffer, Doonesbury and MAD.”

Li’l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch, USA.

Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), the strip ran for 43 years, from August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977.

It was distributed by United Feature Syndicate. Comic strips typically dealt with northern urban experiences before Capp introduced Li’l Abner, the first strip based in the South.

The comic strip had 60 million readers in over 900 American newspapers and 100 foreign papers in 28 countries. Author M. Thomas Inge says Capp “had a profound influence on the way the world viewed the American South.”

… Sadie Hawkins Day and Sadie Hawkins dance are two of several terms attributed to Al Capp that have entered the English language.”

If you check out Li’l Abner a little more on Wikipedia, don’t miss the description of the character “Senator Jack S. Phogbound: His name was a thinly disguised variant on ‘jackass’.” Couldn’t be more appropriate for politicians today. Capp was indeed a genius satirist. And a great cartoonist.

And now after that delightful diversion, here’s Bunny’s Dayzee-Mae tangle.

Dayzee-Mae is an easy tangle to do, the hardest part is creating the ogee grid lines. But if you bear in mind “shallow S shapes” (see my ogee grid guide here) instead of doing one continuous wavy line (unless you can do that!), I think you’ll find it a breeze. For my example of Dayzee-Mae I used one of Bunny’s variations, an all-over filler type of tangle.

Bunny illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dayzee-Mae below where she demonstrates it as a pretty border tangle and also shows some variations. In her lovely Zentangle tile featuring Dayzee-Mae, Bunny includes the Zentangle-originals Mooka, Knightbridge, Fescu with auras, and Scena, along with Adam Rhoades’s Ovy, and how fun to see my very own Chard too 🙂

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Dayzee-Mae, tangle and deconstruction by Bunny Wright. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw DAYZEE-MAE

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    I think it’s rather unusual to see a 10-point tangle. Well done.

  • Sandy Hunter

    oh, I LOVE this one!

  • Sue Zanker

    Jenny Peruzzi’s infinity bracelet in black and with white Swarovski crystals, with her commission all going to Tangle, it is a big reward for Linda’s hard work over the last eight years and counting. Spoil yourselves and help the site as well!
    I have ordered mine already and can’t wait to receive it. Being black and white and in that lovely Infinity shape, it could well become a recognisable symbol for Tangling!and a lovely way of saying Thank you to Linda!!

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