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How to draw DANA

Zentangle pattern: Dana. 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.Happy Friday everyone! German CZT Nadine Roller joins us today to share her Dana tangle.

Dana is a tangle in the “wavy” family, similar in its underlying concept to the recent Wigwag tangle from CZT Jody Genovese. Where Jody’s waves build in a continuous line, Nadine’s are layered in an offset optical grid style.

Dana is Nadine’s fourth tangle on the site and she has an unusual way of naming her tangles. She explains Dana:

I love the sea! My vacation at the North Sea in Danmark inspired me to create this pattern i called DANA = DAnmarkNAdine 😉

It is so relaxing looking at the waves how they roll up and down. Coming and going. Like everything in life.

While Dana may look a little complicated, as long as you build each wave from the same points on the top of each one in the previous row, they work out very smoothly. The most “challenging” part of this tangle is keeping the fills organized and Nadine gives the following tip for that:

At step four and five please think in columns! One column alternating black and white, then one with stripes…so you can stay on top of things.”

Nadine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dana here on her blog.

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6 comments to How to draw DANA

  • Jody Genovese

    Nadine this is beautiful and I LOVE that we are mentioned together in the same post! I am going to try this right away. Greeting to you in Germany!!!
    I’m not surprised we both were thinking about waves at the same time…are you?

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Jody!! When i have seen WifWag weeks ago i really had to laugh cause it has been so similar our grid :-)! Love WigWag and i am also happy we have been mentioned in the same post!
      Awesome Linda :-), thank you, too!!!!

  • Tomàs Padrós

    Very nice pattern!

  • Joan

    Thank you Nadine. This take took me a little time to figure out the striping and solid parts but I got it and then realized how simple it was. Then it was very relaxing. Thank you for sharing your wavy design… BTW, I was yet another tangler experimenting with waves at the same time. How bizarre is that?

    • It seems to have been a wavy time, I guess :-)! And wavy designs are so relaxing. Thank you very much for your lovely comment Joan. I am happy that you enjoyed DANA and curious about your experiments 🙂

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