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How to draw HEARTIQUE

Zentangle pattern: Heartique. 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 to another wonderful week and of course we have more great new tangles to play with …

As we’re approaching Valentine’s Day soon, today we have Heartique by Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp.

This one makes a dozen-and-a-half so far from Cyndi! She writes,

This pattern developed while I was trying to come up with ideas for Valentine’s Day cards. No surprise, the afternoon quickly got sidetracked from cards to Zentangle!

While tangling, I scribbled down names that seemed to suit the pattern.

But with so many beautiful heart patterns, it was more difficult than I thought to come up with a unique name … Heart2Heart … taken, Heartline … taken, Heartique … 3 times lucky!

It’s a simple pattern that’s drawn in a continuous line and its openness gives tanglers carte blanche to fill and enhance.

Zentangle pattern: Heartique. 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.Continuous line tangles are so much fun to tangle and Cyndi has created several of them, including her recent J’Loop.

Heartique is so easy that I rushed off tangling without closely looking at Cyndi’s steps. Oopsie, I missed the fact that the hearts don’t actually touch each other, resulting in my first effort in the center of this example. But this slight variation also works well. To make up for my enthusiastic oversight I added the “proper” tangle along the edges. Carte blanche!

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Heartique with variations below including a Valentine-themed Zendala.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Heartique, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. 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 reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

I asked Cyndi how she created her Heartique Zendala and she kindly replied with this photo and explanation.

The tile was coloured with Tombow Dual Brush Pens using the Hefty Hack** technique. All the tangling ended up being over-tangled … white Zentangle pencil over white Gelly Roll pen and red Pilot pen over red Gelly Roll Stardust pen. By doing this, I gave up precision but got the colours and a less intense sparkle effect. The four hearts were shaded with Zentangle white charcoal, and coloured pencils.

**Monoprinting Splash Backgrounds

The plastic wrap monoprinting technique (called a Splash Background by CZT Marie Browning in her excellent Brush Marker Magic book) has been around for many years. I believe it originally came from watercolorists. It’s a quick and simple technique that became very popular in mixed media and art journaling.

In the first step, the color — this can be watercolor paint, thinned acrylic paint, inks etc., and in this case Tombow Dual Brush Pens —  is scribbled/painted/sprayed on a plastic surface/palette. This can be the Tombow blending palette, a plastic sandwich bag (Ziploc™, Hefty™), a piece of cling/plastic wrap, freezer paper, etc.

Next the colors are lightly misted with water to blend and spread the color on the palette.

Finally the color is printed by pressing the palette face-down onto the substrate, in this case a Zendala tile. The color is allowed to soak into the substrate for a few seconds and can be moved around by pressing and squeezing the color through the plastic.

The plastic is removed and the substrate allowed to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Easy, a bit messy, unpredictable, unique — and fun!

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