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How to draw ZANGLERS

Zentangle pattern: Zanglers. 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.Today we have another interesting and unusual ribbon-style tangle from New York CZT Jody Genovese.

Jody already has a dozen tangles on the site and Zanglers has an off-the-beaten path character to it that I really like. I think you will enjoy it too.

Zanglers has a lovely story and a special dedication, which Jody describes for us.

This tangle is for my step-son Matthew. I have three step children Greg 30, Matthew 27 and Jessica 26. Matthew is in the middle and he is on the autism spectrum. The spectrum is wide and presents in so many ways. He has a knack for music knowledge ranging all the way back to the 50’s through modern day. He looks at a CD once and can tell you every track. It’s pretty amazing.

He’s also very artistic. I saw a portrait in his sister’s apartment once and asked her where she bought it. I thought it came from a gallery in NYC, it was that artsy and unique. She said, “Oh Matthew did it. It’s a self-portrait.” On closer inspection it was done with tiny little bits of torn magazine pages. Unreal. For some reason when we tell him how much we love it and want him to do more he is no longer interested in that particular type of art or project.

Since beginning my Zentangle practice five years ago I have been very carefully trying to introduce it to him. I felt like it would be something he would really enjoy because of the abstract nature and the ability to take a tangle in so many directions. I show him my tiles and ask him if he wants to try. Up until recently he has only wanted to look. Periodically he asks if he can see what I am working on.

I’ll back track and say that his sister is the one person who he really responds to. Right now she is taking pre-med courses and has been using Zentangle as a way to de-stress between exams and classes. Seeing Jess do Zentangle seems to have sparked more of an interest for him and he has been asking to see things on a more regular basis. About a month ago Jess and Matthew were over for dinner and the four of us did a tile.

The next day he said to his sister, “Jess, I did my first Zangler yesterday”. She laughed and said, “You mean your first Zentangle tile.” “Yeah.” He said. “Like I said. My first Zangler.”

She and I had a good laugh over that so I told her the next time I submitted a tangle for consideration I would dedicate it to him and call it Zanglers.

Matthew was out last weekend and we didn’t do a tile, but he worked with me in my journal. I would draw a tangle and then he would draw it. He made sure that the next time Jessie comes over I am to show her his work. I sent him home with a pen and his own journal.

Before he left I showed him two patterns I had drawn and ready to submit for consideration to Tangle Patterns. This is the pattern he chose.

Attached is ‘Zanglers’ for Matthew. Here’s to hoping his Zangler … I mean Zentangle journey has just begun.

Zanglers is an interesting combination of straight and curved auras, shading adds the finishing touches to its appearance.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zanglers below where she features it in a tile with a cool “ghosted” Hollibaugh. Like I said, interesting and unusual!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zanglers, tangle and deconstruction by Jody Genovese. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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  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.
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