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How to draw AZTEKA

Zentangle pattern: Azteka. 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.Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp has over a dozen cool tangles on the site and Azteka is her latest contribution.

Cyndi explains where Azteka came from and some ways to vary it,

“Another mid-night pattern idea. And so as not to forget it by morning, I found myself air tangling in the dark to embed it in my mind.

The name Azteka was inspired by both the design of the pattern and the finished outcome of the tile.

It’s a very simple ribbon pattern combining S-curve and straight line strokes.

Although a handsome border or frame on its own, the variations and illustrations show how thickening line(s) alters the pattern, enclosing the pattern with aura(s) softens the geometric aspects and that when it’s stacked side-by-side it makes a good fill.”

Part of Azteka‘s composition is the triangle fret and according to Clarence P. Hornung in his Handbook of Designs and Devices, it “derives from Japanese heraldry” (Plate 182, figure 1637; Plate 183, Figure 1639).

The fret, or meander, is a plane, rectangular motif taken from early Greek ornament. It is also, in some instances, known as the key pattern … fret patterns are the angular or rectangular counterparts of the spiral. Page 215, “The Fret”.

For my example of Azteka I used the “stack side-by-side” option and varied the scale of the middle row just for fun. The Zentangle® tangle enhancer rounding and/or thickening the strokes adds yet another dimension to this lovely geometric tangle.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Azteka below where she features it in a lovely Zendala together with the “fragment” of the Zentangle-originals Ambler/Emingle as well as demonstrating it as a border or ribbon-style tangle along the edge of the page.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Azteka, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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