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How to draw SANAURA

Zentangle pattern: Sanaura. 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.Who doesn’t LOVE heart tangles, and though it’s not Valentine’s Day today is the first day of Summer AND it’s my birthday this weekend so I’m sharing Sanaura hearts because I LOVE the gift of having each and every one of you in my life. 🙂 And we all love to celebrate Summer!

The lovely and clever-easy Sanaura is from Japanese CZT Hiroko Matsuo and it’s her first tangle on the site.

Hiroko lives in Odawara, Japan and she became a CZT at seminar #32 last October.

She writes,

Sanuara was inspired by Mazorito and many other heart tangles. When I drew Mazorito, I felt like adding the lower half of the hearts and making it into heart-shapes.

I named it Sanaura. Because, basically, all you need to do is draw 3s (and Vs) and aura them.

The number 3 is pronounced “san” in Japanese. So I put san and aura together and named it Sanaura.

Hiroko tells us about her Zentangle® journey and her new life-long friendship:

I homestayed in California for 2 weeks when I was 16. Then my hostmother, Linda, liked calligraphy and she taught me how to draw Italic.

Decades passed and in summer 2017, I found an ad of a calligraphy class and started taking calligraphy lessons.

There, my calligraphy teacher told me some of her students enjoyed drawing Zentangle around their calligraphy works. The word Zentangle was totally new to me and I went like “What is that Zen-something? Is it something to do with Japanese Zen?”

Then, several months passed and I happened to find, in a brochure of a nearby culture center, a Zentangle class by Emiko Kaneko CZT. I used to take German classes there. So I applied for it. That’s how I encountered Zentangle.

So, June 30 last year, I participated in a Zentangle workshop for the first time. Soon I was into this new type of art and decided to attend the CZT seminar #32 in October.

As for its name, I couldn’t think of a good name at first. So, I made a list of the candidate names, emailed it to Leslie Schwaderer CZT, my tangle friend in Alaska, to ask for advice. Her answer was very quick and precise. The name she picked was “Sanaura.” I was really happy she chose it. Actually, it was the last one I added to the list while I was writing to her, and I was thinking it sounded kind of better than the others, too.

Let me tell you about how Leslie and I became friends. Actually, there were so many people at the seminar, and we never really met each other or talked during the seminar.

On the morning I was leaving Providence, I was by myself waiting for the Peter Pan bus for Boston at the bus stop. Leslie was there, too. I don’t remember how we started talking, but somehow we did, and after boarding, at first we were sitting separately, but she had the kindness to ask me if I would like to sit beside her. So I moved and we were chatting all the way until the bus got to the airport. I wish we had had a chance to meet during the seminar, but anyway at the eleventh hour, we met each other and became friends. We have been emailing each other and keeping in touch since then.

CZT seminar was exciting and fun itself, but this friendship made my experience in Providence even more special.

Sanaura is a cleverly-deconstructed tangle that results in linked hearts, a ribbon-style tangle. Hiroko tells us more:

Sanaura is very easy to draw.

You can draw 3s equally or by changing the size or how many auras to add.

You can draw 3s in a straight line or in a curvy line or even in a circle (Circle Sanaura might look a bit like a heart-shaped Waybop). You can add other tangles or orbs within, too. Where to shade and highlight is very easy.

Sanaura is indeed very easy to draw and I offer two observations after doing my example. First: note where the auras begin and end in Step 3, they overlap into the inner part of the opposite 3 slightly. Second: in Step 4 when adding the V’s, note where the extension of the top part of the heart would cross into that space so you can align your V strokes to get the best “linked” effect.

Hiroko illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sanaura below with her pretty monotangle where she demonstrates several ways to aura and embellish her tangle as well as varying the size of the 3’s for another sweet variation. Hiroko uses the tangle enhancer sparkle with excellent effects in her tile.

How to draw the tangle pattern Sanaura, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Hiroko Matsuo.

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