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How to draw SEE

Zentangle pattern: See. 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.The first full week of 2019 has been a busy one for me, I need time to decompress!

Has yours started with a bang too?

I thought today we’d have a go at Ohio tangler Joan Stark’s See tangle.

Not so long ago we explored Jody Genovese’s Wigwag and Nadine Roller’s Dana tangles which are similar in concept to See. Rellies!

In the same family today we explore See because, see, I figure many folks would gladly be somewhere in or near the tropics about now.

Joan introduces her tangle:

I love water. I was a competitive swimmer while growing up and continued racing throughout college. Well, those days are long gone but I still love the wet stuff. I’ve kept busy in the aquatic world by participating in Masters Swimming, officiating swim meets, and helping others with their swimming technique. I even have an in-ground swimming pool in my backyard. My ideal vacation consists of sunshine and lots of liquids — for swimming… and drinking. Water is my happy place, so it was no surprise that getting lost in this tangle was almost as refreshing as a dip in the pool, ocean, or sea.

My newest tangle is called ‘SEE’. My fearless Zentangle leader, Judy Montgomery CZT, named it such. The final image looks very much like sea waves. See = Sea Get it?

It also looks almost like Birds on a Wire on steroids – but is quite different.

It’s simply rows of downward curlie-ques each attached to the row below by a short curved line. Shading really makes it pop.

Zentangle pattern: See. 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.And in the spirit of Zentangle’s “no right side up”, my main example of See above is rotated 90° anti-clockwise. WHY?? It demonstrates how I found it easiest for me to tangle it: sideways. The “curliques” and the spacing just flowed more comfortably for me to visualize and “execute” like that. To avoid confusion, the example here on the right is how Joan’s instructions demonstrate and I’m 99% sure most will find it easy to manage. Sometimes my brain-eye-hand coordination just wants to be awkward.

But don’t you think it’s interesting how different a tangle looks when you turn it all around?

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing See below where she features it in a ZIA with Karry Heun’s Sandswirl, and the Zentangle-originals Tipple and Ahh.

How to draw the tangle pattern See, tangle and deconstruction by Joan Stark.

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9 comments to How to draw SEE

  • Joan

    Thank you Linda! I really love how you turned this tangle onto its side. What a cool way to see (get it? See?) it in a different way. I hope everyone enjoys this tangle too!

  • Patricia Cosiano

    Yay, Joan! Thanks for sharing!


  • Dessie Arnold

    A few years ago I went to see the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Part of the fun of getting to see opera on the big screen is that you get to see the beautiful sets in more detail than you would if you were in the opera house. One of the recurring sets in this was a view beyond a balustrade of sea waves going this way and that. This tangle reminds me very much of those sea waves and the beauty of that opera.

    I know I will enjoy drawing and seeing this pretty tangle. Thank you Joan and Linda, of course!

  • Jody Genovese

    In Linda’s example I ‘SEE’ hearts. Love it! Can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • I can see some fun with see. Have time tonight so see what happens.

  • Jane

    This tangle is quite interesting as it does look different when you look at it from different angles. Thanks for sharing & I’ll give it a try!

  • Deborah Davis

    This is a beautiful tangle and I am sure I will use it. Thank you for creating and sharing it.

  • While looking for graceful, curvy tangles, I was delighted to find your lovely “See”!! It’s a beautifully designed tangle which can be drawn at any angle to add some softness to a tile. Thank you, Joan!

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