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How to draw AWHINGING

Zentangle pattern: Awhinging. 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.Today we have a floral-like tangle named Awhinging and it comes with an interesting background story.

Awhinging is from tangler Phylis Chen and it’s her first on the site.

Phylis writes,

My husband and his longtime friend spent several weeks hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees last summer during which time he had been sending me photos of his travels. In one of the small villages along the way, they had stopped at a cozy looking cafe for a well earned coffee and rest break.

It turns out that hanging beside their table were lace curtains with a pattern on it. However, I wanted to increase the ‘uniqueness’ factor of this pattern and so, I started to experiment without knowing whether anything would come of it.

Eventually, I ended up with an unexpected ribbon tangle that bears absolutely no resemblance to the original curtain pattern.

Chuckling to myself, I decided to title my tangle, Awhinging (owing to a hilarious scene from The Game of Thrones where their usage of the word ‘whinging’ has never failed to make others seeing the same scene laugh, too).

As to the tangle’s floral nature, well, I am glad that it turned out this way, because I would like to dedicate this tangle to my Mother who had passed in 2008, and to my Mother-in-law who has just recently passed.

There is much potential for fellow tangle artists to customize this pattern to suit the needs of their own unique Zentangle art pieces.

It is so easy and fun to do that there are really no particular tips that I need to share about it, other than the fact that the additional petals in step 5 can be omitted, if desired. This would lead to a cool ‘flatter look’ where the elongated Flux tangle petals appear to closely adhere to the centre line in a skin tight fashion, as in this example.

The centre line separating the florals to either side was highlighted with the Paradox tangle drawn inside the leaf shapes. This helped to make the Paradox leaves stand out as a vine upon which the florals hang.

For those not familiar with the term “whinging“: it is British and Australian slang meaning to complain or whine, “especially about something that does not seem important“. This link includes an audio clip on how to pronounce it. Tip: it’s not pronounced the same as “whine”.

Phylis illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Awhinging below with her example including the “extra” flux-like leaves. (The version I used for my example.)

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Awhinging, tangle and deconstruction by Phylis Chen. 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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