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How to draw SWOOSHI

Zentangle pattern: Swooshi. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Swooshi is such a fun new tangle from CZT Lucy Farran who recently shared her Essence tangle with us.

As you’ll see from Lucy’s steps and her Zentangle® tile examples, Swooshi is a really versatile tangle whether drawn randomly or in “a more orderly arrangement” and offers lots of opportunity for fills, or not.

Lucy explains how Swooshi evolved:

Swooshi developed because I wanted to see what would happen if I replaced the ‘C’ lines of Molygon with ‘S’ lines.

It didn’t really fit together like Molygon does and it seemed different enough to warrant its own step out.

It fits together in many different random or more uniform ways and the finished tangle offers many fill options from simple 2D or 3D shading to being used as a reticulum for other tangles or fragments.

The name ‘Swooshi’ comes from the fact that one end of each shape looks a little like the Nike ‘swoosh’, hence, it is a bit ‘swooshi’.

For my example I used Lucy’s first tile with the radial version of Swooshi as a model and her second tile for the fill. I love those S curves, even if my brain/pen connection goes a little wonky at times!

Lucy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Swooshi below. “The other tangles included in the examples are: on the tan tile, Fescu and Zinger, with a Crescent Moon/Bunzo fragment fill, and on the grey tile, Crescent Moon and Diva Dance, with a Shattuck fill.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Swooshi, tangle and deconstruction by Lucy Farran. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Zentangle's Elemental Strokes

The elemental strokes of a tangle in ZentangleFor those who aren't familiar with Zentangle's elemental strokes for deconstructing a pattern to be drawn as a tangle,

Usually the number of elemental strokes needed are 3 or less. Often, you only need one or two.

By ‘elemental strokes’ we mean a dot, a straight(-ish) line, a curve (like a parenthesis), a reverse curve (like an ‘S’), and an orb or circle.“ ~ from the Zentangle blog

For an ingenious example of these elemental strokes used together as a tangle, be sure to check out CZT® Mina Hsiao’s Dicso. (Note: not disco!)

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