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How to draw BARTOM

Zentangle pattern: Bartom. 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.San Antonio, Texas tangler Allyn Johnson shares her fun Bartom tangle with us and it’s her second on the site.

Be sure to check out her Contacted tangle too.

Allyn writes,

I love round, bubbly forms in tangles, and I came up with this one day.

I named it Bartom because the patterns remind me of both a barbell and models of an atomic compound.

It’s a good filler and so versatile. Enjoy!

Bartom makes use of the Hollibaugh technique of drawing behind as you’ll note at the third and fourth steps. Allyn gives these tips:

Vary “bubble” size and line length for different effects.

Use different patterns inside the bubbles.

For a variation, connect more than one bubble together (see Step 6).

My brain is hardwired for “organization” so it’s not unusual for me get a bit of a mental block when it comes to doing “random”. So-o-o-o-o … For my eventual example of Allyn’s Bartom I started by placing the paired strokes of Step 1, the “handles”, in a somewhat zigzag formation down the tile. From there I started at one corner and added the bubbles with the drawing behind part to link them together. Random, but organized! Happy brain 🙂

Allyn illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Bartom below where she features it with variations in a ZIA with Sayantika Ray’s Organic and Helen Williams’s Steps tangles. And I agree with Allyn: “so versatile” with fills, color, scale … even organization if you need want it!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Bartom, tangle and deconstruction by Allyn Johnson. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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