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How to draw GRASSROOTS

Zentangle pattern: Grassroots. 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 Monday, y’all. Delighted as always to have your company again today.

I was looking through my “archives” for something both simple to do as well as being just a little different and remembered Australian CZT Lianne Woods’s Grassroots tangle.

Grassroots is based on a dot-grid and it’s another one of those tangles that provides a blank slate for embellishment. One of the first tangles on the site based on this same type of dot-grid was JJ LaBarbera’s Huggy Bear and there have been several more since.

Lianne writes,

Grassroots is a very simple tangle using the basic elements of the .  and ( . This tangle also uses a dot grid as its base.

This very simple tangle can be used as is.

Also, as I was playing with it I kept thinking of it as the foundation to many, many tangleations. So in naming this tangle pattern I looked for a word that meant foundation and came up with Grassroots.

Fills, shading, color … there are so many possibilities for Grassroots that I’m still contemplating how I want to proceed further with my example. For now I’ve left it pretty basic, but I’m not done yet!

Lianne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Grassroots here on her blog where she shows various ways to use it in three beautiful Zentangle® tiles. So many possibilities. And it’s simply composed of two of the elemental strokes of a tangle  in the Zentangle Method™.

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