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How to draw FENGLISH

Zentangle pattern: Fenglish. 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.Fenglish comes to us from Maryland CZT Jessica Davies and it’s her first tangle on the site.

Fenglish was a result of Jessica’s experiments with Fengle, a Zentangle®-original tangle.

Jessica introduces herself and explains how Fenglish developed:

I’m CZT21 and teach at The Queen’s Ink in Savage, Maryland.

As someone who has been creating and tangling labyrinths a lot, I am always on the lookout for interesting ribbon or border tangles.

Recently, I started playing with organic tangles – my favorite tangle type – trying to morph them into a border. In the process of “flattening” Fengle to fit in to a ribbon, I stumbled upon this pattern. Thus “Fenglish!”

Fenglish is very easy, can be drawn with a reticula or organically, and there are a lot of opportunities for embellishment.

Zentangle pattern: Fenglish. 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.I used Jessica’s ribbon-style version for my main example and added a touch of shading along the outer edges. Depending on how much shading you add like this on ribbon tangles, it can make them appear as if they’re curving up off the page for a dimensional effect.

I also explored the grid-based version just for fun!

Jessica illustrates two ways to tangle Fenglish. First, the basic step-by-step instructions using a grid where she includes examples of how you might embellish it.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Fenglish, tangle and deconstruction by Jessica Davies. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In her second illustration Jessica shows how to tangle a free-form or ribbon-style version of Fenglish. Be sure to visit Jessica’s website saltedpinkstudio.com to learn more about her and her classes. “Why ‘salted pink?’ Pink is my favorite color and I like just about anything glittered, sparkled or salted!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Fenglish, tangle and deconstruction by Jessica Davies. 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 TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. For more information, click on the image for the article “Copyrights and your blog.” “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

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