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How to draw SPYNES

Zentangle pattern: Spynes. 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.Hello my friends! Thanks for joining me on this Happy Friday.

It’s our Memorial Day long weekend here in the USA. This is certainly one for the books now that weekends don’t seem much different from weekdays.

I hope you’re hanging in there, safe and healthy. Here’s a fun tangle to explore in your safe-at-home-ness.

Today’s Spynes tangle is from fellow Floridian and CZT Heidi Kay. Like her Quasahnt tangle, Spynes can be a little bit more challenging but very satisfying when you get into the flow.

Heidi writes,

Here is a tangle that fell out of my pen. I think it has great possibilities, I am calling it “Spynes”.

You can do Spynes with different tangles as the spines.

You can unfurl the spirals and join them and play accordingly.

Heads up! Here are some useful tips from Heidi for tangling Spynes:

  • the ‘spines’ can be any shape, fragment or tangle but the rule is that they must protrude out further than the spiral ring they are sitting on.
  • the tangle is easier to draw if after you add a round of triangles (Step 2) that you back up over the last portion of the spiral you drew in a takeoff and land fashion to draw the next spiral section. Otherwise it’s hard to reproduce the exact same curve that the spiral was going in, and it doesn’t look natural.

Heidi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Spynes below where her sample tile includes some of the variations she described.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Spynes, tangle and deconstruction by Heidi Kay. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw SPYNES

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Hello Linda!
    I got a kick out of your comment about how the weekends don’t seem much different from weekdays during this time (so the holiday w/e isn’t going to be much different); ever since I retired on November 1, 2016, I’ve felt that same way—there’s virtually no difference in the days, other than that from sunset Friday night until sunset Saturday night, it’s the Sabbath, which is very special in my faith (not Jewish, though). I have a hard time differentiating one day from another until Friday rolls around, and it’s time to prepare for the Sabbath, which most definitely “feels” different from all the other days of the week, at least for those of us in my faith 🙂

  • Wow! This is super fun! I’m excited to play with it. Well Done!

  • Brenda Urbanik

    Super tangle! I am in awe of those who have this ability to “see” in this way! Going to play with this one!

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