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How to draw S-VINE

Zentangle pattern: S-Vine. 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.Welcome to the month of May, and as you probably know May 1st is known as May Day.

“May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.”

I hope your day is filled with singing, dancing and cake! And a new tangle …

Today Australian Michelle Dugdale shares her first tangle on the site — S-Vine — along with several lovely tiles featuring her tangle.

First, let’s meet Michelle:

I live in Australia and my dream is to become a CZT when retired and the children have left home.

My Zentangle® Journey began when I was given a Tangle Art kit from relatives for Christmas 2014.

I unpacked the box on that Christmas day and started tangling – total immersion, total relaxation, total joy, recuperative – love it!

I looked for more patterns online and found and – which kept me busy for some time finding, learning and practising tangles. I spent a lot of time making lists and learning all the tangles I could, practising in journals.

Michelle’s first sample tile includes S-Vine with the Zentangle-original Arukas. I love her use of white space on this tile, IMHO white space is often vastly underrated; its not mandatory to fill all the spaces for an effective Zentangle …

In this tile Michelle combines S-Vine with the Zentangle-original Pepper.

Michelle explains how she came up with S-Vine,

The journey to this tangle pattern began with a search for leaf tangles and in particular a circular vine type. The focus being on vines and the symbolic nature of life, connection, growth and survival.

I found a random pattern that I liked but there was no existing tangle I could find and at first I found it difficult. But I broke it down into basic steps… consisting of both flat C and flat S and the deconstruction came about.

The steps for tangling S-Vine are easy to follow and as is often the case there’s more than one way of achieving the end result …

After the C strokes of Steps 1 and 2, I found when I added the S-strokes from the bottom to the top (the reverse of Michelle’s steps), it was easier for me to track where I was going with the alternating overlaps. For my example, after I added an aura as shown in one of Michelle’s variations I had an overwhelming urge to see what it looked like filled in. I like it.

Michelle illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing S-Vine below where she includes tips for tangling her ribbon-style pattern. Top down, or bottom up, enjoy!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern S-Vine, tangle and deconstruction by Michelle Dugdale. 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 the article “Copyrights and your blog.”

In this colorful ZIA Michelle combines S-Vine with the Zentangle-original Shattuck and CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Barberpole.

And then Michelle went all-S-Vine on this ANZAC Day ZIA meditation …

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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
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