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Zentangle pattern: Hugz and Kisses. 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.Yes, another one “just in time for Valentine’s Day“, today we have Hugz and Kisses to have fun with.

Valentines-related tangles don’t have to be hearts!

Hugz and Kisses is from Ohio tangler Joan Stark who writes,

At first glance you may be reminded of Fandango. Looking closely you’ll see that there is a major difference in the body of the tangle — no shells or fans.

We have a row of hugz (O’s) and kisses (X’s) weaving their way between each of the hugs.

It’s a pretty simple tangle. Draw a line of large orbs and aura it.

Next weave a solid line zig-zagging along the row of circles.

Then weave another line zig-zagging in the opposite direction as the solid line. This second line creates the Kiss/X.

The really cool thing about this second line is that by adding thin stripes along the line, you can “hide” the existing lines of the hugs/O.

Shading is fun too.

The technique of creating the illusion where one part of a tangle appears to be going behind another part although it is actually drawn over top, appeared often in CZT Suzanne McNeill’s tangles. We have almost 80 of Suzanne’s deconstructions on the site (suzannem). Along with CZT Sandy Steen Bartholomew (sandyb), Suzanne was one of the first to publish books about the brand new art form called Zentangle® back in 2010. You can find information about those on the BOOK REVIEWS tab.

Totally Tangled still remains one of my three all-time favorite Zentangle books. Of course Rick and Maria’s Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 is top of the list. CZT Marie Browning’s Time to Tangle With Colors is tied with Sandy’s at #2. All indispensable for a tangler’s library.

Hugz and Kisses can be a little tricky but if things go awry I don’t think anyone will notice. A tip I might suggest is to be consistent with the angle of the zigzag angles going in the same direction — by that I mean if the first \ stroke goes under (as in Joan’s step 2), then all the subsequent \ strokes go under too. Ipso facto, all the opposing / strokes will go over. If you get my drift.

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hugz and Kisses below and demonstrates it in a duotangle with a Tipple frame. You’ll notice in Joan’s example that the zigzags { / and \ } can have a bit of a curve to them too …

Zentangle pattern: Hugz and Kisses. How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hugz and Kisses, tangle and deconstruction by Joan Stark. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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