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How to draw XADENT

Zentangle pattern: Xadent. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Following on Monday’s Grassroots dot grid tangle, today we have another type of grid to experiment with in Taiwan CZT Damy (Mei Hua) Teng’s Xadent tangle.

Damy (meihuat) has over two dozen excellent tangles on the site, be sure to check them out!

Xadent was inspired by the Zentangle®-original Cadent tangle which has inspired many offspring that are linked on that “master” page.

However Damy came up with an interesting variation where instead of beginning like Cadent with a grid of small orbs or squares, Xadent starts with a grid composed of crosses. Then the tips of the crosses are connected by simple S strokes that swing from the outside of the one above to the inside of the cross below, in the same manner as Cadent‘s “take off and land” technique. It’s quite hypnotic, and so easy to tangle.

This is Damy’s creative example on a Renaissance tan Zentangle tile using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, a white charcoal pencil, a Brown Sakura Micron, and a regular graphite pencil with an interesting variety of fills. Notice how Damy transitions from Cadent on the upper left into Xadent on the right. Lovely!

For my example of Xadent I created the crosses grid in a center panel of the tile instead of going all the way to the edges. This makes an interesting ribbon or border-style tangle. When you do that you end up with a “ragged edge” of cross bits dangling along the outer edges, so I remedied that by adding an aura and filling it with ink — similar to Damy’s tile below with the black border. In Damy’s tile above she cleverly finishes her “ragged edge” on the right with what I call stoppers (tiny orbs) on the bottom of the crosses with a very nice effect. Along the bottom edge she used the dangling crosses to add her initial.

Damy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Xadent below where she features it in a simple monotangle. Below Damy demonstrates a variation of Xadent using S strokes in place of the crosses of Step 1.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Xadent, tangle and deconstruction by Mei Hua (Damy) Teng. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Changing the traditional straight cross into an S-curve variation of Xadent:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Xadent, tangle and deconstruction by Mei Hua (Damy) Teng. 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 TanglePatterns.com 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.

In this Xadent example, Damy notes when you “Change the size of the cross, the effect is not the same.” Changing the scale within tangles often gives surprising and unusual results and are fun to explore.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Xadent, tangle and deconstruction by Mei Hua (Damy) Teng. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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