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How to draw MOSHUN

Zentangle pattern: Moshun. 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.Happy Monday, y’all!

Everybody doing well and settled into a comfortable routine? And staying safe, not only for our own sake but especially for our weary and stressed heroic health care workers everywhere. They are always uppermost in my thoughts.

Getting our new week underway, today we have Moshun to play with. It’s a super easy tangle from Pennsylvania tangler Martie Kyde.

Martie’s name may be familiar to you because she shared her beautiful “Flowers in Spring” poem with us a couple of weeks ago. Moshun is her first tangle on the site.

She shares a little more about herself,

We live in Bucks County PA in the middle of a thirty acre woods. I garden in pots on the deck, the only place I have enough sunlight to grow herbs and annuals.

My children are grown, but I have four furry people to care for ( two dogs, two cats), and a pair of black vultures who come for handouts to the deck. Mom Bird and Dad Bird have been coming for 15 years, and they eat string cheese out of my hand.

I’m a scientist. not an artist, but through the magic of Zentangle, I can make art. It’s enormously satisfying.

Love the bird story, how cool they’ve been friends for so many years!

Martie tells us about Moshun,

The inspiration for the tangle was a chain saw chain, or a bicycle chain.

I was searching for a novel ribbon tangle for a series of greeting cards I was making. The image of a bike chain or a chain saw chain kept coming into my head, but I derived the tangle without actually looking at either one.

It has infinite variations. I chose to show a few examples instead of a finished Zentangle, as I though that might be more valuable.

One could stop at step four or five, and with a little shading still have an interesting design.

I haven’t experimented with color, but each of the orbs could be colored like a jewel.

I’m calling it Moshun, because it does indeed have a lot of movement.

Martie’s Moshun invites all kinds of fun embellishments and explorations.

Martie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Moshun below where she also demonstrates several ways to play with this easy tangle to come up with cool, “infinite” variations.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Moshun, tangle and deconstruction by Martie Kyde. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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5 comments to How to draw MOSHUN

  • Looks like a fun one. I’ll have to do this for a nephew that does own a bicycle shop. Really looks like a chain.

  • Helen Watt

    Thanks! This will be fun to experiment with.

  • Deborah Davis

    I know I’ll use this one. It is not difficult but has many options for variations. Who would of thought – a chain saw?! But, designs are everywhere; we just have to be observant.
    I enjoyed your noting the vultures that visit. Not many people would try to befriend one.

  • Marion M Kyde

    The vultures are lovely. Black vultures are quite beautiful – the feathers have all the colors of the rainbow. They are not aggressive, and they seem very tame. They know me, they know my animals, and they are not even afraid of my 165 pound Great Dane. Every fall they bring the year’s babies to the deck. They feed them in the same way as pigeons, from their crops. They know my car, because they come to the deck just after I arrive home. if you look into their eyes, you can see real intelligence. i feel very fortunate to have made friends with this pair. Black vultures may live for 28 years or so, and I don’t know how old they were when they first came. I will be very sorry when one of them dies, because they mate for life and I suspect the survivor will be mournful.

  • Beth Lovelle

    I love this pattern. Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    From one Bucks County resident to another, I love the vultures too; although have never gotten up close and personal with them so i’m sorta jealous. So happy you’ve found Zentangle. Many of us are not artists when we find this creative outlet and somehow, we all become one! All the best!

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