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How to draw GOLDHAN

Zentangle pattern: Goldhan. 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’s ribbon-style Goldhan tangle is from UK tangler Helen Little and it’s her first on the site.

Helen introduces herself and explains how she discovered Zentangle®:

I live in Devon, England, with my husband and two sons. In 2017, while browsing our local museum shop, my eldest son picked up a book called “Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan” by Yellena James. He persuaded me to buy it for him, even though it looked rather advanced for an 8 year old!

I started looking at it myself, and it rekindled my interest in drawing (something I loved as a child). While searching for pen and ink drawing tutorials online I came across Zentangle patterns, and I was hooked!

I read about the Zentangle Method™ as much as I could, and tangled whenever I had time. Since then I’ve also explored other forms of art, but Zentangle is my ‘first love’ and something I always come back to.

Helen describes her inspiration for Goldhan and how she named it:

My parents-in-law have a lovely golden picture frame which features overlapping arcs, and I’ve often wondered if I could deconstruct the design and create a tangle.

On a recent visit during inclement weather I had plenty of time to try it! The result is this tangle, Goldhan – the name combines the gold frame inspiration and part of their village name.

The key element is the overlapping arcs (with the ‘underneath’ arc drawn using the Hollibaugh drawing behind technique). This Bijou tile shows Goldhan in grid form.

Alternate the orientation of the arc pairs as you progress along the ribbon, with the points of each pair touching the points of the previous one.

It then offers plenty of scope for embellishments, in the form of auras, orbs, shading, fills and so on. Goldhan can also be drawn in grid form, by excluding the auras, or could even be drawn in clusters!

This tile includes examples of a few different ways to shade Goldhan.

I found it took a few practice runsfor me to get the basic shape to cooperate (baulky thumb acting up) but once you get the hang of it, you’re away. Inspired by Helen’s tan tile, I plan on exploring Goldhan with a dot grid, I’m curious to see how that turns out …

Helen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Goldhan below where she features it in a lovely tile with the Zentangle-originals Florz, Flux and Mooka.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Goldhan, tangle and deconstruction by Helen Little. 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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