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How to draw WINDMILL

Zentangle pattern: Windmill. 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.Pinwheels, windmills … fun celebratory images for kids of all ages and a perfect idea for this North American holiday week.

Japanese CZT Hiroko Matsuo returns today with her fun and easy Windmill tangle. She recently shared her lovely Sanaura tangle with us.

Hiroko explains the inspiration for her tangle and its name,

I found this pattern on my way to the place where I was to meet and have a cup of coffee with Emiko Kaneko, CZT. (She led me to this wonderful Zentangle world and I found this tangle when I was going to meet her.)

Where I found this pattern was the small clinic on the street I often walk along when going to the station, but I never really noticed it until that day. I took a picture with my cellphone and deconstructed it while waiting for her.

Before I deconstructed it, I didn’t think it looked like a windmill because the circles caught my eyes more. But once I deconstructed it, the windmill (or in Japanese “kazaguruma”) pattern caught my eyes more, so I named it “windmill.”

Helpful hints that I can share:

Make sure your initial grid design is equally spaced, make all the boxes about the same size.

At step three, try to draw curved lines, not straight lines. then you will have a nice circle.

You can add other tangle patterns on the wings of the windmill or color and shade/highlight to decorate.

I didn’t draw anything in the circle, but you can draw other tangles or add Tipples and embellish.

Zentangle pattern: Windmill. 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.You can draw the eye to different aspects of this tangle by the way you choose to shade and embellish it. I added a touch of shading in the circular part for my example and it tends to push the Windmill aspect of the tangle forward giving an embossed look to the pinwheels/windmills.

Hiroko illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Windmill below.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Windmill, tangle and deconstruction by Hiroko Matsuo. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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