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How to draw PONYTAIL

Zentangle pattern: Ponytail. 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.Welcome back, lovely to see you again! And a very Happy Monday, Happy Columbus Day (sales!), and Happy Thanksgiving.

Today we have a super easy tangle to explore, Ponytail is from Maryland CZT Angie Gittles.

Ponytail is Angie’s sixth tangle on the site and she explains,

Ponytail is an easy, versatile grid fragment. I think it would work outside the grid as well.

I like it best when every other fragment is turned 90 degrees.

The name came about because the variation with the 2 orbs in the center reminded me of those old ponytail ties that had the balls on the ends cinching a ponytail.

I searched Google for ponytail holders and who knew how many different kinds there are! (Mind you, my hair is about half an inch long so I won’t be needing one any time soon.) I chose a photo of the variation I used for my Ponytail example and Angie used in her first tile below.

Angie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ponytail below where she includes some ideas for variations to explore. Angie’s sample Zentangle® tiles feature CZT® Marie Browning’s Jester, (with Angie’s own A-Frame tucked in there), Simone Bischoff’s Girlande and the Zentangle-original Flux. The variation with the rounding tangle enhancer on the Bijou tile is cool too.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Ponytail, tangle and deconstruction by Angie Gittles. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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5 comments to How to draw PONYTAIL

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    I look forward to using PONYTAILS as an example when I teach students how to create a tangle by looking at ordinary objects. You will, of course, be created with the original deconstruction. Thank you so much.

  • Bunny Wright

    This is a fun and easy tangle. I really like it. Like you Linda, my hair (ginger) has seldom ever been below my shoulders and with three sons I’ve had little use for ponytail holders. It is such an easy concept and I love any pattern with little balls in it. Thanks Angie!

  • Nancy D. CZT

    Nice pattern Angie! Will give it a try!

  • Jody Genovese

    I was watching Young Sheldon the other night and his twin sister had one of these in her hair. It reminded me of when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen one of these bands in years.
    Fun deconstruction Angie. I will definitely give this a go. Thank you for sharing.

  • fun tangle and those old pony tail holders are good for a lot of other things too, like ties on clothing when packing, use as gift closures on bags and oh so much more. Keep using mine in lots of crafty ways tho my hair is no longer long enough to use any that way.

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