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How to draw NANA

Zentangle pattern: Nana. 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.Last one for the month of January 2020. {Where on earth did that month go??}

And it’s Super Bowl weekend in Miami, taking place about 80 miles south on I-95 from us. Hope our famed Sunshine State lives up to its name this weekend …

Today we have an interesting tangle from Japanese/Swedish CZT Eriko Ågren, and it’s her first on the site.

Eriko introduces herself and explains how Zentangle® has changed her life:

I’m a CZT#34 and I live in Sweden. I’m originally from Japan but moved to Sweden in 2007 to start a new life with my Swedish husband.

I got into Zentangle when I was into “bullet journaling”. I really loved decorating my journal by drawing geometric patterns in my journal and one day when I googled to find cool patterns I would draw in my journal, I found something called … Zentangle. (I believe it was in 2017) I bought a book of Zentangle by a Japanese CZT, Izumi Sato, and since then I’ve been more into Zentangle than bullet journaling 😉

Through tangling, I could build up my confidence, overcame a complex that I had since I was a child that I cannot draw like my sister does …

I also found that meeting new people through Zentangle is a wonderful thing!

I even changed my perspective of seeing what life is through tangling. I am more relaxed in most situations now. I could say it became easier to live 🙂 (“No mistakes”, “accept what it is”)

There are only four CZTs in Sweden and my dream is to spread the greatness of Zentangle in the whole country!

Eriko explains her inspiration for her Nana tangle:

This tangle was inspired by one of my favourite patterns by Marimekko, called Kivet.

I really love this “round but not round” pattern and wanted to create a tangle that’s just like that, i.e. a tangle that is round but not round.

And I came up with this tangle – first, draw a big orb and then add seven lines inside of the orb. Yes, it’s a heptagon in the orb. But it doesn’t have to be an exact heptagon but a bit irregular? (uneven?) heptagon, which makes the tangle more lively.

And fill in the gap between the lines and the circle.

You can arrange a tangle by adding another tangle inside of the heptagon.

“Nana” is a very simple one but it’s also an elegant tangle in a way, I think. And it’s not difficult to draw at all.

As simple as this looks, I actually found it a bit of a challenge for me … but a good challenge is always fun!

BTW, wondering about the name Nana? Check out the comments 🙂

Eriko illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Nana below and she demonstrates several ways to explore it. Her lovely tile example includes the Zentangle-original Flux, and she has shown ways to embellish Nana by adding elements within the orbs.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nana, tangle and deconstruction by Eriko Ågren. 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. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
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