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Zentangle pattern: Paradox Reversed. 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.German tangler Anselm Peter joins us today and shares his tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Paradox, Paradox Reversed. This is his first tangle on the site.

After I mistakenly addressed my email to Peter and sent my apologies, Anselm replied,

don’t worry, even my German fellows are mixing up my first and my last name because “Anselm” is a very rare first name ;-).

By the way, it is an ancient German name, combined of two parts: “Ans” from the name of the ancient German gods and “Helm” like helmet and has the meaning “the one that is protected by the gods”. Not bad.

Anselm shares a little about himself and explains the inspiration for his tangleation:

I live in Berlin, Germany. In school I took the advanced courses mathematics and art. A strange combination but great for me. Then i began working as a software developer. But still i was looking for a non-technical hobby. Looking for years i was trying some kinds of fine art. And then I found Zentangle by chance.

I was looking for some pens for the children at an online shop and got an advertisement for Sakura pens. Went to them and got an information about a book on Zentangle. Got there and thought: Such beautiful small pictures. I read more on this kind of art and was electrified when reading about the ideas behind it. I bought some pens and papers … and that’s it. Since them i am tangling from time to time.

I discovered this pattern on a journey, having much time for Zentangle. I was reading the book “Zentangle Primer Vol. 1“. The chapter “More Tangles” told at Huggins: “Huggins illustrates two useful tangling techniques that we call alternate and mirror.”

I began playing with some well known patterns using alternate and mirror … i played with Paradox and added mirror by changing the direction on every round. And that’s it.”

Paradox Reversed really is a fun one to play with, but it can scramble your brain a little. What I found worked for keeping mine from looking like a scribble was this: when I was doing a 4-sided shape as in my example, I counted 4 strokes in one direction. Then at the end of the 4th stroke, you reverse the pen stroke’s direction and count/do 4 more strokes. And keep this up until you reach the center. Counting helped keep me from reversing direction too soon, or too late and both are easy to do.

Zentangle pattern: Paradox. 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.

The Zentangle-original tangle, Paradox.

Lots of possibilities for interesting effects with fills and shading … will Anselm’s Paradox tangleation launch more explorations?? (Margaret?) 😉

Anselm illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Paradox Reversed here on his blog where he includes a Paradox Reversed monotangle on a tile divided into 4 triangles.

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