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How to draw SYNG

Zentangle pattern: Syng. 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 Monday and welcome to another brand new week!

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Today’s lovely new Syng tangle is from New Jersey CZT Shilpi Gupta, and it’s her first on the site. Shilpi is a member of the CZT23 class.

Shilpi introduces herself, explains how she named her tangle and gives some detailed tips about tangling Syng:

I am a medical doctor from India, and currently work as a research scientist in the US. I have an equal passion for art and science.

I have always used dry media for my art, and loved drawing portraits before I discovered the wonderful and meditative world of Zentangle® in 2015. I got certified as a CZT in April 2016 and have been teaching this art form ever since!

Syng is my first pattern that I happened to deconstruct when my 5-year old (who loves Zentangle, too!) wanted me to draw a pattern with circles and diamonds while we were listening to the songs of the movie “Sing” 🙂

For this tangle, I start with some orbs and make an even number of spokes radiating from it (preferably evenly spaced).

Then connect 2 adjacent spokes to form a diamond shape (step 3).

Make v-shapes between 2 adjacent diamonds (step 4) followed by closing the “V”s to form diamond shapes (step 5).

Add auras to the diamond shapes and/or embellish them with other patterns/colors/shading (or all of these) as you please!

I call the initial diamonds (step 3) “fixed diamonds” and the ones you get from v-shapes not attached to the circle (step 5) “floating diamonds” 🙂

Get creative and have fun exploring this pattern!

Syng is fun and easy to tangle and has all kinds of embellishment possibilities which give it a crystal-like appearance — or even of pretty snowflakes (Christmas Cards, anyone?). I think you’ll love tangling this one!

Shilpi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Syng below where she features it in a lovely duotangle: “I have added inner curves for the fixed diamonds (as one of the filler patterns I use while filling in a Tripoli triangle) and added inner auras to floating diamonds. I have also used tangle Mooka to give some support to my newly deconstructed tangle.”

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Syng, tangle and deconstruction by Shilpi Gupta. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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