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How to draw HEXONU

Zentangle pattern: Hexonu. 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.It’s another beautiful new week and I’m sending you wishes for a delightful Monday! And indeed, a delightful week.

Today we’re exploring Hexonu, a fun and flexible (hexible?) tangle from Canadian CZT Cherryl Moote. Most recently we’ve enjoyed Cherryl’s Boucle tangle.

Hexonu was inspired by a photograph Cherryl spied in a magazine ad and includes in her post,

In an attempt to keep my house from sinking I was doing my annual purge of magazines.

[In the image] I was attracted to the tension between the rules of geometry and the rules of balance. The page came out to join my image files and I’ve been playing with the design ever since. … hexagons with off centred ‘centres’ and radiating lines from the centres to the vertices. Simple yet magical.

It put a hex on me and I know it will put a hex on you too.”

Nyuk nyuk nyuk as Curly, Larry and Moe would say 🙂

The basic Hexonu creates its own hexagonal grid into which many many creative ideas will flow. Including ZIA’s like this one of Cherryl’s, with many thanks for her permission to use her image:

Cherryl Moote explores Hexonu in a gorgeous watercolor ZIA.

Cherryl Moote explores Hexonu in a gorgeous watercolor ZIA piece. Image used with Cherryl’s permission.

Zentangle pattern by CZT Cherryl Moote, rendering by Linda FarmerHexonu is definitely fun to explore, I made quite a few experiments. On the right was my first trial and as it turned out a bit small I expanded the size of the hexagons for my main example above. For this one I used one of Cherryl’s fill variations and then I thought it looked like it was floating, so I anchored it down by extending some of the strokes to the edges.

Cherryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hexonu here on her blog. She includes four beautiful tiles showing many ways you can play with Hexonu, including a very interesting one using CZT Betsy Wilson’s Maryhill as the fill. You’ll also recognize some Zentangle®-originals like Paradox in there too.

Many of the ways we fill the Zentangle®-original Tripoli can also be used within the triangles of Hexonu.

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