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How to draw MOONESQUE

Zentangle pattern: Moonesque. 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 a Moonesque Monday!

And CZT Leslee Feiwus of Plano, Texas shares her first tangle on the site.

Leslee’s home of Plano is located just north of Dallas. Some of you may be familiar with Plano because “Northeast of town is Southfork Ranch, made famous as the setting for the TV series ‘Dallas’.”

And furthermore …

Wikipedia notes Plano “is a hub for many corporate headquarters. Plano is also considered to be the safest city in the nation, according to Forbes.”

Leslee introduces her Moonesque tangle and herself,

I was getting out of my car one day and in front of me was this concrete block wall which kept calling my name, so I thought that this would be a great tangle.

I found out about Zentangle® when a friend of mine put on her FB page a tangle that she drew, I think it was Paradox and then turned that into a quilt square. When I saw it, I kept looking at it and saying this is an optical illusion, where and how do you even start to draw this. When I asked her what this was she told me Zentangle, go look it up. So, I did and immediately fell in love with it.

This was in January of 2016. Then I saw that they were giving certification classes that April and without even doing one tangle I signed myself up and then kept practicing until I went for the certification class for the CZT27 class. I love it!

I teach group and private lessons. And now I’m also using my Zentangle Method™ to help those that have lost loved ones by drawing dragonflies and tangling the body and wings and sending them to the families that suffered that loss. As I know how that feels, since I lost my own daughter 4.5 years ago.

The Zentangle Method of art has helped me get through my grief and now help others to get through their grief too. This has saved my life, and has made me whole again and happy. I use The Zentangle Method as my daily mediation, since I can’t sit still for other meditations.

Using a Zentangle practice to help overcome grief is a frequently-mentioned theme in the “How Zentangle changes Lives” series here on the site. (Visit the STORIES tab.)

Out of curiosity I searched Leslee’s tangle name and learned that Moonesque is a character in the World of Warcraft game. {Which I know absolutely nothing about, not a gamer unless you count the occasional hand of Solitaire.} According to my search, the character MoonesqueUses magic to shield allies from taking damage as well as heal their wounds.

After reading Leslee’s description of her compassionate mission using Zentangle magic to help others heal their wounds, I’m putting 2 and 2 together here. (Or it could be a complete coincidence but it made a good story.)

Moonesque begins with an unusual grid, a rectangular one, and it has lots of possibilities for exploration. It’s kind of a blank slate and I can envision colorful ZIAs …

Leslee illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Moonesque below where she includes some embellishment ideas to create variations together with her monotangle tile example.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Moonesque, tangle and deconstruction by Leslee Feiwus. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
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