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How to draw NAF

Zentangle pattern: NAF. 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.Quite the weekend of viewing shaping up for we TV-watching sports fans!

The FIFA Women’s World Cup wraps up with the third-place England-Sweden match tomorrow while the Tour de France kicks off its 21-day mind-soul-body challenge in Brussels, “in honour of the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France win of Eddy Merckx”.

On Sunday the month-long FIFA contest of the world’s national teams wraps up with the defending World Cup Champions, the USA taking on the European Champions, The Netherlands, in the final match for the trophy and the title for another four years. As I said, exciting weekend!

Our tangle for today is from New Mexico CZT Sue Leslie and NAF is her first on the site.

Sue is frequently seen around TanglePatterns as faithful commenter, giving her encouragement to other tanglers. Today she gets to enjoy yours!

First, a little bit about Sue:

I’ve been a long time crafter and artist who loves to share my passions with others. I have taught fabric painting as a Fabric Painting consultant for over 40 years. Plus I am also a cake decorator and teacher for sugar arts.

And now I am also a Zentangle Teacher too. I completed CZT 22 and I am really enjoying sharing this fun art form with others here in Northern New Mexico, or where ever in the world I may show up with my Zentangle kit. Travel is my other passion in life, so always travel with my kit and share where ever I am.

This is one of Sue’s NAF examples, a Zendala including “a bit of Flux and perfs“.

Sue shares her inspiration for her NAF tangle;

As I grew up and live in the southwest, I have always been intrigued by all the Native American patterns on pottery, textiles etc.

This pattern jumped out at me in Albuquerque NM in a hotel we were staying in that had mostly Native American décor on the walls, window valances and more. This was on the window valance.

I have named my tangle NAF for ’native American fun’ as this is not the first pattern I have played with from our region, but the first I have really liked when deconstructed.

It works exceptionally well as a fragment and reticula.

Sue second example, a 3Z tile, has NAF with “some Avreal, Paradox and Tut“.

I guess I had pinwheels on my mind (who knows why, not me!?) because NAF is a similar motif to Windmill from earlier in the week, yet quite a different tangle. NAF is an easy and meditative tangle with lots of room for exploration as a grid-based tangle or a ribbon-style one as you’ve seen in Sue’s examples.

Sue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing NAF below with a third tile combining NAF with the Zentangle-original Paradox.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern NAF, tangle and deconstruction by Sue Leslie. 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 a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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For a submission to qualify as a tangle it must be a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”) and not “a thing to draw”.

From The Book of Zentangle:

Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

Remember that tangles never start with pencil planning.

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8 comments to How to draw NAF

  • Jan Arzooman

    I like this one… Not complicated ; lots of possibilities

  • I agree with Jan, nice tangle and a nice name, congratulations Sue and thank you for sharing!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    While you may have several good origins for this pattern, I bet that subconsciously you really knew that NAF spells “FAN” backwards!
    Just what we need for this hot weather, even in Canada! Thank you so much for this tangle — I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Love this tangle and can definitely relate to all of the Native American motifs here in the West. I’m your neighbor to the Northwest (Utah) and I love the proliferation of Native American Art here. I am going to play with this one, looks like a great starter to work something up. Thank you for sharing!

  • Joyce Bruns

    Sue, I love this tangle, so thank you for sharing it.

  • Joan

    Nice tangle and perfectly deconstructed. I also thought about the name NAF as being FAN spelled backwards but as a sports fan for all the sporting events going on. I live in Cleveland where the baseball all-star game is taking place. It’s all over the news. Perhaps that’s why I’m thinking sports fan. Thank you for sharing… looking forward to more from you!

  • I love it! It’s easy to draw and can be shaded in many ways. Thank you Sue!

  • Pamella Dolney

    Thank you Sue for sharing this Fun pattern. I am enjoying using it in my tiles!! It is so versatile!! Thank you too for being my friend.

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