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How to draw ESSENCE

Zentangle pattern: Essence. 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.And so we arrive, at last, to the first full weekend of September …

Since Trix, her first and very fun tangle on the site, UK tangler Lucy Farran has become a Certified Zentangle Teacher®.

Today she shares her Essence tangle for us to explore.

Lucy writes,

Since I last submitted a tangle, I had the luck to be able to go to Providence and train as a CZT, which was a fabulous experience. 

The tangle ‘Essence’ was created when I was drawing the fragment Y3 (Zentangle PRIMER, page 115) and decided to swap all the straight lines for S shapes.

It seemed different enough to warrant its own name and stepout, and therefore started its life as a fragment.

However, the grid seemed to constrain it, so I freed it from the grid, and it came into its own.

It can be drawn singularly, as many, or of course in fragment form. It can be drawn with more or less ‘s’ shapes.

As you add more, it starts to look a bit like the tangles Meringue, Ravel and Betweed.

The name ‘Essence’ comes from the fact that is made of lots of ‘esses’, but I almost named it ‘signal’ after the stripy toothpaste, as that is what it reminds me of.

Essence is all lovely S shapes and their curvy auras. While Lucy freed Essence from a grid for her illustration, I needed more order in my life and went with a grid-style version for my example — I eyeballed the middle of each quadrant’s “imagined” grid square and placed a dot for the center as Lucy has in her first Step. Lucy also includes a grid-style version in her black Zentangle® below. When I finished tangling Essence, I felt it wanted a little something more so I used my Sakura 05 White Gelly Roll pen to place a few dots/orbs along each of the center black stripes.

Lucy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Essence below, “The other tangles included on the examples are: on the white tile, Tipple and Shattuck and on the tan tile, Tipple and Flux.” Lovely sparkle tangle enhancements with a General’s White Charcoal pencil highlight Lucy’s tan tile and the white charcoal adds “shading” to the black tile.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Essence, tangle and deconstruction by Lucy Farran. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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