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How to draw HART-ELLIE

Zentangle pattern: Hart-Ellie. 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.Although Valentine’s Day has passed for another year, hearts are always loved and heart tangles especially.

Thus we have another lovely new one for you today!

Hart-Ellie is a ribbon-style tangle from Ohio CZT Lee Kay and it’s her second tangle on the site. Recently Lee shared her Leef-ish tangle with us.

She writes,

So this little ribbon has been bumping to get out since last month!

I was thinking, searching and trying to find a flow of heart shapes to share and just wasn’t finding what I was looking for.

While looking around I found E’rutats by Elaine Hudson. And there was my answer – the wavy ribbon. From there (as Heidi Halpern Kay would say) it fell out of my pen.

I named it Hart-Ellie after Elinor (nee Hart) Gleason who is very close to my heart; she is my Mom.

A few tips for this tangle in box #6:

Start mid-way through one of the wide areas and make the first “bump.” Let the line flow across the narrow area and end at the opposite border. It gives the heart shapes a pleasantly wonky flow.

And like ‘Nzeppel, draw the lines along the borders, it really matters to how the heart forms look inside the borders.

Lee illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hart-Ellie below and for her example, “I use Hart-Ellie here to nest some of my favorite original tangles (flux, pokeleaf, and tipple) and added a bit of fescu-ish curls for flourish.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hart-Ellie, tangle and deconstruction by Lee Kay. 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 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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What is a ribbon-style tangle?

Ribbon is the term I’ve used to describe tangles that can flow like a ribbon through your tile or around it like a border.

To describe tangles as “border” tangles seems to dictate their use as a frame, whereas “ribbon” indicates their flexibility.

This also avoid confusion with the term “border” which we use in the Zentangle Method™ as one of the first steps in creating a Zentangle®.

This type of tangle is sometimes described as “vining”, as it can wander like a vine around the tile.

Most all ribbon-style tangles can also serve as background or fill tangles by placing them side-by-side in columns or in rows, depending on your “no up or down” perspective.

Likewise, most grid-based tangles can serve as ribbon-style tangles by using reticula in a single row/column.

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For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

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