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Zentangle pattern: Blind Membranart. 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.Warm and happy Christmas Eve Eve wishes to you!

Since we last explored a tangle from him, Spanish tangler Tomàs Padrós has become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Clearly this was inevitable 🙂

And Blind Membranart is his latest contribution to our singular resource of all things Zentangle®.

Blind Membranart is our last tangle for 2019 as I take the rest of the week and next “off” for the Christmas and New Year holidays and work on my TANGLE GUIDE, 2020 Edition.

My dear CZT#7 pal Australian artist Michele Beauchamp has sent her cover art, and as always it is deliciously special ZIA eye candy featuring her signature take on tangles from the year.

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And now for our tangle, Tomàs writes,

Blind Membranart is an almost opposite version to Membranart.

In that tangle, a kind of abstract membranous tissue extends and adapts to a frame and reveals a farther background through its “holes”.

Here, the “membranous tissue” clings to a solid form and envelops it, so the “holes” do not give an empty space but a solid mass.

It adapts to any string shape.

Tomàs shares three different step-by-step instructions for drawing Blind Membranart, “In the first example I play with the contrast between the two versions of Membranart.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Blind Membranart, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“In the second example I adapted Blind Membranart to a completely random string and decorated the background with Shiraz.”

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Blind Membranart, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.In the third page I show other possibilities of deconstructions and arrangements.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Blind Membranart, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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9 comments to How to draw BLIND MEMBRANART

  • Thank you very much Tomàs for this interesting versatile tangle and beautiful tiles!
    Thank you Linda for all those wonderful posts with new tangles!
    I wish you and whole the Zentangle community a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  • It’s a great tangle that I love using, and always offers up an interesting focus to a tile. Thanks for sharing Linda and Tomàs!

    Season’s Greetings to you!

  • Jody Genovese

    Tomas is one of the most giving Zentangle artists and now CZT (lucky us) in this community. I joined Instagram just to follow him and get his beautiful patterns. I’ve since been fortunate enough to get to know him a little through this platform and absolutely love all of his contributions. Thank you again for offering up so many possibilities with this pattern Tomas. I am definitely going to use this in my class at the clinic. Happy Holidays to all!

    Thank you for another fabulous year. I so appreciate all of your hard work and all you do to keep us never wanting for patterns. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

    • Mimi

      Muchas gracias Linda por el esfuerzo que haces al permitirnos conocer el trabajo de otros artistas. Te deseo un nuevo año 2020 lleno de salud, amor y prosperidad. Gracias Linda por ser, estar y existir. Hugs from Venezuela. Mimi

      Google Translates: Thank you very much Linda for the effort you make in letting us know the work of other artists. I wish you a new year 2020 full of health, love and prosperity. Thank you Linda for being, being and existing. Hugs from Venezuela Mimi

  • Tomàs Padrós

    Thank you, Linda, for this Christmas present. I wish you a happy Christmas. I also send my best Christmas wishes to Ria, Jem, Jody and all those who look out here looking forward to new tangles to play with them.

  • HeidiSue

    blind membranart has a lot of scope for shading! it reminds me of swiss cheese, or maybe little microbes LOL especially in the example he provides. It’ll be fun to play with.

  • I had a lot of fun with Membranart two or three years ago, and missed this post with the variation. When I first saw the name I assumed I’d be drawing Membranart ‘blind’, that is, with my eyes closed. I look forward to trying this variation, and I wonder if someone can explain why it’s called “blind”.

    • Tomàs Padrós

      Dear Margaret, I named it blind membranart because in Spanish a window or any other bricked-up opening is considered blinded. That is, we would speak of a blind window. In blind membranart the “holes” do not seem to open up to an empty space, but rather hook onto something solid. I made a literal translation into English, but I already realize that this architectural concept does not have that name in English. That happens to me for insisting on using English without having a clue. Oops!

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