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How to draw NORTHSHIRE

Zentangle pattern: Northshire. 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’s cool Northshire tangle comes from NY CZT Jody Genovese.

Jody has contributed more than a dozen great tangles for your creative enjoyment, most recently Zanglers.

She explains how she discovered Northshire and gives some tips for tangling it,

The inspiration for this pattern comes from a bookstore in Saratoga, NY. I’m calling the pattern Northshire. This is where I first learned about Zentangle® 5 years ago when I stumbled across The Joy of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew and Marie Browning. I had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne at ZenAgain 2016 and thanking her for the introduction (and snagging an autograph for my book).

I’ve included a photo of the inspiration for this pattern. It is the cover of a memo pad. I kick myself for not buying it as there were a couple of patterns in the corners of some of the inside pages. I went back to get it and of course it was gone. It was after all a Great Price…

I will admit the first couple of tries with this may seem like it doesn’t want to come together.

My advice is to think of a long stretched out backwards C as you are drawing the first shape and then mirror that to complete the first column. The second column starts around the half way point of the first column.

I also included a ‘close up’ of the bumped out part. The trick is to start these auras with the outside lines and each ‘V’ gets a little straighter and a little lower as you get closer to the middle line. It creates that squished illusion.

I love how Jody’s inspirational notebook cover has a trompe-l’oeil effect, first the turquoise waves jump out and then the Northshire pattern forming the waves emerges. I admit to needing more practice on this one but it’s worth the effort and I’m keeping at it because Jody’s versions are SO much better!

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Northshire below where she features it in three beautifully composed Zentangle tiles. In the last tile, “I have used a Sakura Glaze Pen with some water colors to see how that would look.

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

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights. For more information, click on the image for the article “Copyrights and your blog.” “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore.

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