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How to draw 4-CLEF

Zentangle pattern: 4-Clef. 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.It’s another wonderful Wednesday and we’re running out of the merry merry month of May. Can summer be far behind?

Today’s cool 4-Clef tangle is from Connecticut CZT Pam Lee and it’s her first on the site.

Pam writes,

I’m retired from the many hats I’ve worn and now focusing on the art I’ve always been drawn too.

I am a CZT class 27 and I have to say I have met amazing people and we have stayed very close.

Zentangle® for me has opened up my artistic abilities. Before Zentangle I could barely draw stick figures and now I’m doing Portraits.

I love my Zen roots. and keep up my daily practice.

A Complete Guide to Musical Clefs: What Are They and How to Use ThemPam has created a lovely tangle from the musical Treble Clef sign but in this case the pattern is composed of 4 Clefs. While tangling 4-Clef, you really want to “spin your tile” like a seasoned tangler.

And if I might offer a 4-Clef tip: for this to work out you want to make the center downstroke of the Clef sign in Step 1 parallel to the underlying grid so when you add the strokes in Step 3, you’re going over that downstroke. You also need to go all the way around once inside before you add the straight downstroke. “Around once inside, then straight down” – a little musical tune I made up 🙂

Pam illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 4-Clef below where she demonstrates it as a focal image on a Bijou tile and also how pretty it looks as a grid-style tangle. She notes, “My red pen was thick and hard to work with so I limited it use to where it really needed to be.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern 4-Clef, tangle and deconstruction by Pam Lee. 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

You can find examples of Pam’s portrait art here on her website.

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Speaking of music lovers, how clever is this message from the late, great Queen frontman Freddy Mercury 🙂


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