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How to draw A-FRAME

Zentangle pattern: A-Frame. 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.Greetings y’all, dee-lighted to have you here again with me for another new week.

This morning in Providence, RI, the last CZT certification class of 2018 got underway. CZT#32, wow. My CZT#7 class seems so long ago and now so many more CZTs are sharing the Zentangle Method™ around the world. It’s a good thing. (See below for the 2019 seminar dates, just announced.)

Today’s A-Frame tangle is from Bel Air, Maryland CZT, Angie Gittles from the CZT29 class, it’s her fourth tangle on the site.

Angie writes,

“A-Frame came about when I was playing around with my initial ‘A’ in a grid, turning it and twisting it various ways, and using various fills. Once I filled the outer sections with auras, I knew that was the one I wanted to use.

I particularly like the variation of turning every other one 180 degrees.”

Angie’s “Dingsplatz” Zentangle featuring A-Frame.

From the ZENTANGLES > ZENTANGLE TERMINOLOGY page: A Dingsplatz is a technique introduced by the Zentangle folks at 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz, CA in September 2018. It starts with a large roundish frame using an Eke-shaped looping line. It is further embellished with auras and filled with other tangles. (Visit the terminology page to see Maria’s example.)

A-Frame is so simple and yet it produces a complex-looking overall effect, especially as Angie demonstrates below when you flip or rotate adjacent squares (fragments!) in the grid.

A-Frame is the kind of tangle my Mom loves, she calls them “over-unders” and I have them grouped together under the tag weave.  A touch of shading makes a huge difference to the overall effect in this type of tangle.

Angie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing A-Frame below where she uses it as a string for her Zentangle tile then fills it with A-Frame variations by rotating or mirroring the fragment. Cool!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern A-Frame, tangle and deconstruction by Angie Gittles. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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  • CZT 33 – March 31 – April 3, 2019
  • CZT 34 – June 16 – 19, 2019

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