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How to draw NANALEE

Zentangle pattern: Nanalee. 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 lovely new week!

This coming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving which, on the second Monday in October, always coincides with the Columbus Day holiday here in the US. Thus, much of North America is coming up on a nice long weekend. And I’m busy thinking about my first Thanksgiving menu — it’s such a treat celebrating two Thanksgivings!

But let’s get back to today and our easy, get-the-week-going tangle, Nanalee.

CZT Mary Fein shares Nanalee with us today and it’s her first tangle on the site.

Mary introduces herself and explains her inspiration for deconstructing Nanalee,

I am an artist who paints and makes Zentangles. I love being a CZT and sharing this passion by teaching others. I discovered Zentangle® in 2016, and have pursued it passionately ever since. I started a monthly meeting of 4 or 5 local CZT’s who get together for a few hours on Saturdays and tangle. It is a joy. I have been to zenAgain and to 1440 with Rick and Maria. I have signed up for zenAgain this year and am looking forward to it.

I also write, and my novel is going to be published this coming June, by She Writes Press, a publisher of books by and about women. The book is called Stitches in Time and is an immigration story about my grandmother who came to the Lower East Side of New York City in 1900 from Lithuania.

Other than all that, I am a mostly-retired website programmer. I had my own business and worked in Computer Science for most of my adult life. I am 76, and I live in Auburn, California now, but was an East Coast girl most of my life. I am happily married to a wonderful man. So things are pretty good. Life is a pleasure!

How can I thank you for your beautiful website and all the benefits I have received from your work! What a treasure your created for all of us. I love being part of the amazing Zentangle World Community, where everyone is always encouraging and friendly.

As for Nanalee, I saw some banana leaves and was inspired by them.

Nanalee, ’nana lea-ves … 🙂

I hope this lush photo of bananas with leaves does justice to Mary’s inspiration from which she’s abstracted an excellent, fun tangle. In the way it’s constructed Nanalee is not unlike the Zentangle-original Sampson.

Zentangle pattern: Nanalee. 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.After playing with Nanalee for a bit, I wondered what it would look like if I used a stroke that’s more like a flick of the Micron starting from the center “vein” for Steps 2-4 and turns out that produces some cool results too with a tapered end to each flick. Think I may go back to the tangling board to explore this a little more …

Mary illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Nanalee below where she features it in a monotangle – a similar effort makes for good practice at “drawing behind”, à la Hollibaugh.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nanalee, tangle and deconstruction by Mary Helen Fein. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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