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How to draw SANDS (S+S)

Zentangle pattern: SandS. 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.Whew!! Relief.

Thank heaven we escaped the worst of Hurricane Dorian but now of course we’re concerned for our neighbors in the Bahamas who took a real battering for a very, very long time. It’s impossible to comprehend what they’re in for in the days and weeks to come.

Here it feels SO good to get back to whatever passes for normal after a long week of watching, wondering and waiting … {TW3 – That Was The Week That Was!}

Meantime we have SandS (S+S), another cool tangle from Taiwan CZT Damy Teng. Damy is full of unusual and creative tangle ideas.

She writes that she was playing with her Scarrow tangle and SandS just sort of developed out of it. They both start with crossing S strokes — S and S — in the center and grow from there.

Damy then enlarged SandS to create a string and the lovely tile you see below it. Enlarging a tangle to use as a string works well with lots of different tangles.

In her tile Damy included the Zentangle®-originals tangles Printemps, Paradox, Knase (with one of the many possible Tripoli fills), Mooka and Molygon.

Turn, turn, turn your tile. That’s the secret to this one, as it is for many tangles. I discovered after Step 2 if I inked in the triangles (like Step 5, see my example on the right) before going on to Step 3, I was able to get the subsequent strokes more to my liking by continuing the curved shape of the triangles . (I rather like this minimalist look too.) If you don’t want those triangles inked in … ignore me 🙂

Damy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing SandS below where she features it in a duotangle with her Scarrow tangle and includes a couple of the many possible ways to vary SandS.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern SandS, tangle and deconstruction by Damy Teng. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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9 comments to How to draw SANDS (S+S)

  • Melena

    I am SOOOOOOOOO glad you are okay and have made it past that hurricane all in one piece. Whew. I’ve been following Dorian’s path the whole time with all it’s slow downs and changes, or non-changes, in direction. Yes, what a relief! But now we will see what it does as it heads up the coast. Luckily we don’t get those here on the West Coast.

    Thank you Damy and Linda for this very interesting tangle. I’m on the road today so will be trying it out tonight or tomorrow. Be well everyone!

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Hi Damy & Linda,

    This is fabulous!! Truly unique…I am trying to visualize the step out for the alternate variation of S+S in her reticula grid…???
    Do you have step out for it ??? It’s the fragment without the auras….OR is it a different tangle ???

    Love the idea of using a tangle as a “string”..Brilliant !!??

  • Joyce Blodgett

    All right, I know I’m a bit of a dweeb when it comes to learning new things–my brain and hand don’t generally agree with what the right way of doing things is–but I’m making this into more of a “cartoon” than what Damy came up with! I get the lines going in the right direction, but end up with overblown, very large, rather cartoonish forms. I’m not complaining, seeing that I’ve enjoyed drawing cartoons for decades; but when I can’t get a simple tangle “off the ground,” that’s ridiculous! Guess I’ll just stop “angsting” over it, and keep working on it until I reach the “Ah ha!” moment :-).

    I’m very glad to hear that you and your area are all right, Linda. I’ve been through eight tornadoes in my 66+ years, but have no idea what a hurricane is like, and don’t want to find out!

  • Looks like a fun play. And so glad Linda you seem to be out of harms way now. Been throug a typhoon, which is much like hurricanes and that is no fun.

  • Joyce Bruns

    Linda, I’m thankful for you that the hurricane passed you by.

    This is a good tangle, even tho I’m having a bit of difficulty drawing it. I intend to keep on with it, tho, until I get it down pat. Yup, I like it.

  • Anthony

    Beautiful tangle and string. It is very versatile.

  • Jyothi Krishnamurthy

    Hi, Very pretty and unique tangle, SandS created by Damy. I am going to give it a try. Thank you. Please stay safe.

  • Deborah J Davis

    Though beautiful, this one looks complicated. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you

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