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How to draw ZENWHEEL

Zentangle pattern: Zenwheel. 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.Welcome to April 2020! What WILL this new month bring us?!

The “seasoned” tanglers among us will recognize that today’s Zenwheel tangle shares DNA with the Zentangle®-original Cadent, as do many fun and interesting tangles. (I’ve attempted to keep track of them on Cadent‘s page.)

Zenwheel is from tangler Melissa Bruce and it’s her first on the site.

Melissa introduces herself,

I’m from Albuquerque, NM. I got into Zentangle® when I saw pictures a friend was creating, and it reminded me so much of pictures my late brother would draw.

It got me excited to create and express myself so I jumped in and have been tangling ever since.

This is Melissa’s monotangle representation of Zenwheel.

Just for fun I smudged little graphite spots around the edges on my example to mimic the first step of Zenwheel. If you just take a quick glance at the remaining steps you might think all six of the strokes “take off and land” on the center dot. But look closer at Step 3 and you’ll see that the alternate strokes actually meet (or leave) the Step 2 strokes part the way up. This minor difference affects the end result! Take it from the voice of “took a quick glance” experience 😉

Melissa illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zenwheel below,

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zenwheel, tangle and deconstruction by Melissa Bruce. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Check out the tag melissab for more of Melissa’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Today’s smile is courtesy of Marion “Martie” Kyde of Tinicum Township, Bucks County PA, who writes that her “very most favorite tangle is Cadent“, making this a perfect fit with today’s Zenwheel.

Martie writes, “I went out to gather ramps this morning, and these words just popped into my head. It is not great literary poetry, but maybe a little upbeat and appropriate for the times we’re in. Use it if you think it may make someone smile.

Flowers in Spring, by Marion Kyde

I went to my window this morning –

The forest floor burgeoned with green.

I opened the frame to look into

The prettiest landscape I’ve seen

Daffodils here and hellebore there,

Bloodroot, anemones, squills –

It was almost enough to make me forget

The pandemic and all of its ills

The plague will still be here tomorrow.

How long after that we can’t know,

But depending on sunshine and weather

A succession of flowers will grow.

Life after Covid will surely be changed.

Who knows what the future will bring?

But one thing I’m fairly confident of —

There will always be flowers in spring!

So lovely, so heartwarming!

And if this wasn’t just perfect timing … my sweet sister Carol took this gorgeous photo a few days ago from one of her daily walks in Niagara-on-the-Lake (known as NOTL by locals). Carol’s photo goes so well with Martie’s poem and I have her permission to share this glorious still life with Ontario spring crocuses with you.

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Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do not need to be a CZT. However, in order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com you must submit them to me by email. Here's how:

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:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

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

If your pattern is posted on your blog, be sure your email submission includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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