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How to draw TANSON

Zentangle pattern: Tanson. 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.Wowzah. That was a Tour de France for the ages.

One of the most entertaining, surprising, unpredictable, exciting Tours we’ve watched in decades. Landslides!? Mother Nature sure participated in an unexpected way.

Can’t wait to see what unveils next year for the strongest, fittest and most courageous athletes in the world and the most beautiful 21-day travelogue you can imagine. Simply amazing.

Next up: Premier League football/soccer, and NCAA college football – can Fall be far away?

Our fun and easy Monday tangle named Tanson is from CZT Jamie Johnson and it’s her first on the site.

From Stratford, Connecticut,

aka the Yankee Tangler, Jamie is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (#22) who offers classes in southwestern Connecticut. She also holds a Ph.D. in art history and spent more than ten years in museum education.”

Jamie shares a bit about her tangle and its inspiration …

“I’m calling it Tanson (a combination of my last name and my wife’s, as well as a reference to ‘tangle’).

It’s a rather baroque, grid-like pattern. I think it has so many possibilities.

Because of the way you create the tangle, there are two different kinds of shapes created — one is essentially rounded, the other “pointy.”

You can alter the connecting shapes from “rice” or ovals, fill the interior with various tangles, add more auras, etc.

While I’ve seen similar patterns in architecture, upholstery, woodwork, ironwork, and the like, the most direct inspiration was a piece of embroidery.”

Zentangle pattern: Tanson. 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.Tanson indeed has many possibilities and in the example on the right I’ve kept it quite simple. The spacing of the rice shapes determines whether you get condensed, rounded shapes or more elongated “pointy” ones of my main example and the one you’ll see in Jamie’s tile.

Jamie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tanson here on her blog where she includes the embroidery that inspired her tangle. Lots of potential for exploring this lovely one!

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6 comments to How to draw TANSON

  • Rosemary Turpin

    I thank you so much for sharing TANSON, Jamie! I love all the different ways of doing it and decorating the insides too! I’ve already put it into my workbook and will put a copy on my portable ring collection of go-to tangles!

  • Jenny M

    I just wanted to thank you for turning me on to the Tour de France. I started watching in 2012 when you posted a link to the route in your newsletter. A couple of stages were being ridden on roads I had cycled when in France many years ago, so I started watching for the scenery. I got hooked and every year since I dedicate more time to watching. ( it helps that July is miserably hot to be outside in FL!) Also i justify as my time to catch up on needlework and of course to tangle! This year was epic and once again, as i do every year, I thought of you with gratitude. Thank you so much. So many good things come from Zentangle! Who knew?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Jenny, you’ve made my day! “Epic” is certainly the right word to describe this year’s Tour de France.

      We might just have to sign up for a subscription to watch La Vuelta in Spain starting August 24th! It could be fun to see that travelogue as well as watching to see who prevails in the third Grand Tour.

  • Susan Mann

    I like this one! It looks complicated, but it is simple, given the m-shape guidance! Thank you Jamie!

  • Great tangle. I started to play with it, and only then noticed that it is a tangle-relation of my own tangle, Sati. Its key difference is how you lay out the initial rice shapes. And yet the finished tangle comes out looking so different. I love those gentle connections our tangles share.

  • Thanks Jamie, good to see another tangle from my CZT group #22. So simple, yet looks hard. Will be a fun play in my new Bitty book I just made.

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