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How to draw SHIRL

Zentangle pattern: Shirl. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Ohio tangler Joan Stark is on a roll creating new tangles.

Just a few weeks ago {although it feels like an age now, right? – a lot has happened!} we explored Joan’s 2 Diamonds + a Rice.

Her latest, Shirl, is so-named “after Shirley Temple and my mother,” Joan writes.

As an aside, Shirl is also a masculine name — my sweetie Robert’s late and much-loved uncle was named Shirl. As yesterday was Robert’s birthday, I shall think of this tangle as a tribute to this sweet and very funny gentleman Shirl Farmer of the village of Barwell in Leicestershire, UK. Here’s to all the Shirl’s and Shirley’s everywhere!

Joan continues,

Shirl is similar to Coil and Shirley but very different.

I think you’ll find it easy when you realize it’s only 3 shapes (S’s, insides, and hatching).

The shapes are attached to each other at their points to adjoining mid-sections. This part is important so you can get the insides to look right.

I find creating them in one continuous movement to be very zen. However if people are still working on trying to draw the shape, it can accomplished with 2 flat reverse “S”s touching at each end.

It can be a border, a ribbon, or just Hollibaugh a handful of them (like on my step-out).

I’ve also been told that it looks like there are pearls between the shapes — that can be. I didn’t intend for it. LOL

As Joan demonstrates, Shirl can either be constructed with a continuous stroke or by creating back-to-back S shapes, or reverse S shapes depending on which way you want them to face. I used shading in place of Step 5’s hatching, just a personal preference but anything goes! 🙂 There are many ways you can embellish or decorate the insides too but the basic Shirl looks very cool as is.

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Shirl-the-tangle below including her “Hollibaugh-ed” example that “kinda looks like a telephone cord — I’m showing my age here!“:

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

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Courtesy of my UK brother-in-law …

SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! for all of us in the community who don’t do social media (there are many, including me) if you’ve seen something funny that “takes the mickey” out of our current sticky situation and you’d like to give a smile to your Zentangle friends, email the image (with credits if at all possible) to me (linda@tanglepatterns.com) using the subject line “Laughter is the best medicine” and I’ll select the best ones to add to the upcoming posts for a while. Let’s see what you’ve got!

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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:

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When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves my memory some wear and tear.)

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3 comments to How to draw SHIRL

  • JENNIFER SPARROW

    Thanks for another cool tangle, and a hilarious photo! I immediately saw the telephone cord! Both took “the mickey” out of my lonely evening. (Hubby, a medical courier, is hard at work on the front lines.) Peace, health and humor to you!

  • Looks like a play for this afternoon. And thanks to Jennifer’s hubby for being on the front lines along with so many others. Hoping all our heros out there stay safe.

  • Pam

    I picked this up about 5 years ago during a very stressful time. It was like finding a gentle stream I could return to over and over. Thank you

    Well that time and situation passed and I slowly stopped visiting that stream. During this isolated time I have rediscovered this oasis and I am enjoying your talents and sharing once more

    Thank you for making this so available and easy to step into I’m enjoying the stream
    Pam

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