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Zentangle pattern: Heartangles. 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.Happy Friday! We have arrived at one of my favorite times of the year — the back-to-school sales have begun!

I am not a shopper, browsing stores has never been my thing. When I need something specific I perform a surgical strike: go in, get it, and get out. That’s me. However! I can get lost for {quite} a while in an office supplies store and this is the best time of year for that. Art supplies stores are a whole other, and far more serious, issue. Fortunately my pocketbook is spared because there isn’t a good art supply store in my neighborhood.

The days of delighting in getting new supplies for school have long since faded in the mists of time, but seeing all the stocked up displays of shiny new office supplies on sale is just a joy to behold. And perchance to bring one or two new items home with me. So Office Depot or Staples … here I come 🙂 Happy back-to-school days.

Today’s Heartangles is from Indian CZT Vandana Krishna who recently shared her Mintea tangle with us.

Heartangles is so named because it is composed of heart shapes and triangles. It’s one of those patterns you look at and wonder how it was done. (Answer: Step by simple step!)

Vandana writes,

The Zentangle® original Tripoli is one of my favorite tangles and I usually explore it as a monotangle.

The other day, while I was playing with Tripoli on a Zendala, for filling the triangular reticula, I started doing heart shapes and filled them with ink.

After I did this for a few of them, I started seeing the meta-shapes and began playing with it further as shown here in the inspiration Zendala.


Zentangle pattern: Heartangles. 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.Finally I decided to create this as an independent pattern; thus was born Heartangles!

For my example I started with the basic Heartangles in the triangle grid as shown on the right. Then I decided to fill the center and spaces around the outer edges with radiating strokes. But I had an oopsie in one of the corners so I inked it in as well as the opposite corner — no mistakes in Zentangle!

For this tangle to work out pleasingly, each triangle is done one at a time with the half-heart shapes in the same orientation around the perimeter of the triangle (Step 3), then moving to the adjacent triangle (Step 4) so the heart shapes ultimately created match up and the overall effect is achieved.

Vandana illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Heartangles below where she also shares three lovely tiles. “In the examples, on one white tile I have used the pattern along with the Zentangle-original Pokeroot; on the other I have used Tripoli as the triangular grid. On the grey tile, I have explored the pattern as a frame.” The steps image is not downloadable from Vandana’s site so she graciously provides it for us here. But you can visit her blog post where she gives more background and tips for tangling Heartangles.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Heartangles, tangle and deconstruction by Vandana Krishna. 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. Click the image to go to Vandana’s blog for more background and tips.

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Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!


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Here is a free TanglePatterns PDF download showing how to ink a basic Freehand Squared Grid, Freehand Diamond-Shaped Grid with a Triangle variation, and a Freehand Ogee-Shaped Grid.

You can always locate this tutorial again by visiting the TUTORIALS tab on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar.


Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  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
  8. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
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