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How to draw TAKE HEART

Zentangle pattern: Take Heart. 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.Today is Victoria Day in Canada and the first long weekend of summer, though it might not feel like it just yet.

Victoria Day is “a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada.” Enjoy however you can this year!

Appropriate that Canadian CZT Cherryl Moote shares her Take Heart tangle with us today. It’s her fourth tangle on the site and the 56th “heart” tangle.

Cherryl writes,

Last year in April I received news that the son of a tangling friend was in medical distress. As it happened I was dining alone in a restaurant that evening (remember those days!) and I was thinking about her. I took out my little sketchbook and began drawing and this tangle emerged. I wanted to represent how all of us were reaching out to her through the atmosphere to wrap her in our love.

As I worked with the basic tangle over the next few days it took on a life of its own and as I drew it I started to intuitively chant the mantra that goes along with the pattern. “This is your heart. You have a hole in your heart. Feel a friend reach out to send love. And another, and another…until you are completely held in their love.”

This is the story of Take Heart, a special heart string created for Kelly Barone, April 2019.

Take Heart is an easy tangle that can be used in several different ways, I’ve used it as a ribbon-style tangle for my example and I thought it was interesting how the heart shapes almost disappeared. Although Cherryl’s Step 2 shows the orb drawn at the center of the heart shape, I used her second and third example tiles where the orb is connected at the top of the heart as the guide for my example. Each way produces a slightly different, but always pretty result.

Cherryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Take Heart below where she features it in tiles demonstrating a variety of Zentangle®-original tangle fills and variations. Cherryl’s first tile includes an interesting Hollibaugh-style of layering the elements behind one another, as well as varying their size.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Take Heart, tangle and deconstruction by Cherryl Moote. 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. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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8 comments to How to draw TAKE HEART

  • Monique Kelly

    This comes at a perfect time for me. My brother is in medical distress with not a good diagnosis. When I read the name of the tangle in the email I was immediately comforted. The universe knew this was needed today. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks for choosing my tangle. Love your border example and the way the bow tie shape emerges. That is cool!

  • Love this hearttangle at first sight, you can do a things with it, thank you very much for sharing!

  • Deborah Davis

    I really like this tangle. Thank you for the story/reason for the creation of this tangle. I know I will be trying it out soon.
    Thank you, again, and best wishes for healing to your friend’s son.

  • Mary D'Angelo, CZT

    Dear Cherryl, This is a lovely tangle in every sense of the word. It’s wonderful that you could send your friend a representation of your support that she can cherish.

  • Great story and great tangle too. Thanks Cherryl for the share.

  • Jenn Brayton

    What a gorgeous tangle, and a beautiful story that inspired the tangle! The step out is great to follow and your tiles illustrating Take Heart are stunning and are giving me lots of ideas!

    Many thanks from another Canadian!

  • LouAnn Smith

    What a great tangle and an amazing back story. I love this tangle and can’t wait to draw it!!

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