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How to draw DENTED MOON

Zentangle pattern: Dented Moon. 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.Wow, what a great weekend it was at the 2019 Rugby World Cup!

Coming up this weekend England meets South Africa’s Springboks with the winner taking home the Webb Ellis Cup, named for the inventor of the game of rugby football. Wales and New Zealand All Blacks play for the third place Bronze medal.

Both matches should be epic rugby battles of Northern vs Southern hemispheres. Can’t wait.

Happy Monday, y’all. Today Swiss CZT Lisette Hofer returns to share Dented Moon, her tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Crescent Moon.

Lisette writes,

When I read the latest Zentangle® blog post (some days ago) featuring the pattern Crescent Moon I remembered us drawing this pattern at the CZT-seminar …  starting with the ladybug shape … then aura, aura aura…

Suddenly I thought: What will come out if I don’t draw a ladybug but an irregular shape.

And this is the outcome – Dented Moon. I named it this because it’s a variation of Crescent Moon.

For those who haven’t read the Zentangle blog post, HQ recently started a new series called Tangle Rootz. The introduction explains,

“In this Zentangle Blog Series we explore the ins and outs of some of our most loved Tangles.

Join us as we journey back to how it was discovered and deconstructed, why a certain tangle got its name, and who was involved in the process.

We will look into different styles, applications and tangleations of a tangle.

We will examine how some tangles have evolved over time and discuss how the same patterns have multiple names.

Some tangles have inspired tangleations that were so wonderful that they became their own tangle. This series is fun deep dive into the life of a tangle.”

Maria’s daughter Molly writes,

Crescent moon is a special tangle. It is very often the first tangle that people learn when creating their first Zentangle tile. It naturally settled into this role very early on. It just seems to always work well as a place to start. For starters it can appeal to a broad range of artistic abilities. If you are new to drawing or creating, this tangle is not too intimidating and the results are very forgiving as they can go in many directions and still look great. It has a few simple steps, so it is easy to learn. For those who are more experienced it also offers the potential for interesting variations and complexity and might challenge dexterity.

Be sure to read Molly’s article for more about this classic tangle. For future reference I’ve added a link to Molly’s post on the Crescent Moon page and will continue to do the same for the tangles Zentangle HQ covers in future Tangle Rootz posts.

Ladybugs, or lady birds, have lots of sweet mythology associated with them. According to National Geographic,

“There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world. These much loved critters are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They come in many different colors and patterns, but the most familiar in North America is the seven-spotted ladybug, with its shiny, red-and-black body.

In many cultures, ladybugs are considered good luck. … Most people like ladybugs because they are pretty, graceful, and harmless to humans. But farmers love them because they eat aphids and other plant-eating pests. One ladybug can eat up to 5,000 insects in its lifetime!”

Crescent Moon is indeed a simple tangle, and yet open to so many possible variations still using the ladybug shape.

Lisette’s Dented Moon is a fun tangleation of this “old friend”. Lisette’s random, irregular shapes are a delightful little twist on the traditional ladybug shapes and the obvious variations of Crescent Moon using squares or triangles.

Lisette illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dented Moon below where she includes it in a tile with the Zentangle-originals Florz and Rain. Be sure to visit Lisette on her website too!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Dented Moon, tangle and deconstruction by Lisette Hofer. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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