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How to draw JEXIC

Zentangle pattern: Jexic. 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.Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp is back today with Jexic, another cool grid-based light/dark (notan) tangle for us to explore.

Cyndi writes,

Early this year, I found inspiration in a second hand shop. Though I didn’t score any big finds, I did score this pattern idea from dress fabric.

The name Jexic has no relation to the designer, it was simply pulled out of a hat.

In light of the pattern’s elongated hexagon shape, the “J” is intended to have the Spanish pronunciation “H”.

Like others in the op art genre that are grid based, it’s alternately filled to create a bold optical illusion.

As I tangled, I found it had a dynamic nature…when one quadrant of the square (Step 6) is isolated, it can be arranged differently to create other patterns (as illustrated).

And as it turned out, Jexic ended up being a different pattern than the intended inspired one.

For my example, after a few practice runs, I reversed Cyndi’s Steps 3 and 4 around. This is because I noticed from the weave of the fabric image that the angles in Step 4 are parallel to the underlying grid and I found it easier — for me — to place those first and then add the bars of Step 3. This gave me more even spacing and defined the length of the bars better. Both ways work!

As Cyndi notes, Jexic is an excellent fragment that can be mirrored and rotated in any number of ways to come up with some great variations.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Jexic below where she includes some of those mirroring and rotating variations in her monotangle Zentangle®.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Jexic, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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