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How to draw ESHER

Zentangle pattern: Esher. 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.UK tangler Sarah Fowler launches this week of our creative tangle explorations with her lovely Esher(pronounced eeesher)” tangle.

Esher is Sarah’s sixth tangle on the site; her first was the whimsical Strutz, a personal favorite.

Sarah describes how Esher came about and the inspiration for its name:

Esher (pronounced eeesher) is a town in Surrey, south of London.

In May I was meeting up with two CZT’s at Claremont Landscape Gardens, in Esher, and had been playing with this pattern in my garden, deconstructing a nearby primula …. well, just thought Esher would be the appropriate name for it 🙂

Primula vulgaris - Wikipedia

Primula vulgaris – courtesy of Wikipedia

A little bit more extra info about Claremont Landscape Gardens …. it was the residence of Prince Leopold who was the uncle of Queen Victoria. It became one of her most favourite places to go as she used to visit there as a child. Being very closeted at the palace, this was her only chance to play and run about so she became very attached to it.

Claremont Landscaped Garden - - 584796

The turf amphitheatre is the centrepiece of this, one of the first and finest gardens of the English landscape style. The gardens were begun by Sir Jon Vanbrugh and Charles Bridgeman before 1720, before being extended by William Kent. Capability Brown also made improvements. Today the gardens are a National Trust property.

What a gorgeous playground, not hard to see why it was/is a favorite destination!

Sarah included several sample tiles of Esher, this first one is her duotangle tile with Tomàs Padrós’s All Stars.

Next, a sweet monotangle Renaissance Zendala with lovely highlights using a white charcoal pencil:

And this colorful ZIA tile is by by UK CZT Jane Goddard. Jane includes Esher together with Carla du Preez’s Pop-Cloud on a tile with a background created using Brusho Color Crystals.

Esher is constructed using the clever technique Maria Thomas first demonstrated for us with her Zentangle®-original Icanthis tangle, placing U shapes to form the base of the leaf – or in this case petal – forms.

Sarah illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Esher below where she features it in a duotangle with CZT Michele Beauchamp’s Mak-rah-mee.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Esher, tangle and deconstruction by Sarah Fowler. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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