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How to draw SPIN ‘N’ SWIRL

Zentangle pattern: Spin 'n' Swirl. 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.Spin ‘n’ Swirl might well be a reference for our mental state in these strange and sometimes trying times 😉

But in reality Spin ‘n’ Swirl is a pretty tangle from CZT Shilpi Gupta who shared her Vibes tangle with us not long ago.

Shilpi writes,

The inspiration for this pattern comes from a window design of a bakery shop I visited while on vacation. I had mentally registered the design as a pattern with some swirls, loops, and diamond shapes. I am not sure if the final pattern even closely resembles that window design, but after hours of playing and deconstructing I came with this combination of spiral-diamond-loop combination I titled Spin ‘n’ Swirl.

I begin this pattern by drawing somewhat evenly spaced diamond shapes (steps 1 and 2).

Next, I draw a Printemps spiral inside each diamond shape (step 3).

For step 4, I make loops emanating from each of the four corners of diamond shapes. If you wish, you can very well stop here and proceed to shading or move on to step 5 where I make smaller loops in between the loops from step 4.

Finally, I shade by drawing a circular shape at a point where four loops meet (drawing behind/ hollibaugh fashion) (step 6) and add embellishments/color/more shading as you wish!

This pattern can be drawn without an even spaced layout and/or be free floating as visible in the example tile.

I loved drawing the loops in this tangle, very rhythmic and satisfying indeed and for my example I chose to do a free-floating version.

Shilpi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Spin ‘n’ Swirl below where she features it in a duotangle with the Zentangle®-original Printemps.

ow to draw the Zentangle pattern Spin 'n' Swirl, tangle and deconstruction by Shilpi Gupta. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Today’s smile is courtesy of Joan Stark … #spreadjoy #laughteristhebestmedicine

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 ( 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!


ADDENDUM: I will admit that Robert and I are Rachel Maddow junkies. For all of us who need a ray of hope in this mess and the raging vacuum of actual leadership from the WH, this inspiring 10-minute interview with Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite of the US Army Corps of Engineers from last night’s program is like a shot of “hope adrenaline”:


ANOTHER ADDENDUM: In this excellent 13-minute Public Service Announcement (PSA), Michigan family practice physician Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen demonstrates safe grocery shopping and takeout food tips in this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic:


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7 comments to How to draw SPIN ‘N’ SWIRL

  • paula gaumer tooke

    this is such a nice, light pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susanne

    Ha! Gertrude is hilarious!!

  • Deborah Davis

    This is beautiful. So dainty. Thank you. I know I’ll use this one.

  • nancy pearson

    Shilpi I love your Spin ‘n’ Swirl. It feels light and ‘swirly’. Something we all need to feel since we are so bogged down with what is going on in our lives right now. So thank you for your beautiful pattern.

    Thank you, Linda, for your Gertrude picture. I don’t usually laugh out loud but this one got me!! Thank you for doing your part in lifting the spirits of all us tanglers. My husband and I have been isolated for 3+ weeks now and although I am not thinking about a noose it still hit me as so funny.Thank you.

  • Spin ‘n swirl gives me happy thoughts. Some lightness to the day. Thanks.

  • Shilpi Gupta

    Thank you so much everyone for giving such love to my newest pattern! Totally agree with Linda that the name does reflect our mental state during these stressful times. I hope all of you give this light and breezy tangle pattern a try and make it your own 🙂
    Stay safe and healthy everyone!

  • Thank you Shilpi for this lovely pattern. I’ve been sidelined for a while and your pattern is inspiring me in my re-start. I think it’s going to be one of my favorites. You’re right that the swirls are relaxing and fun to draw. I love it!

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