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How to draw MAYPLE

Zentangle pattern: Mayple. 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.Happy Canada Day!

Michigan CZT Pam Signorelli’s fun Mayple tangle was so perfect for today that I’ve had it on reserve for a bit 🙂 Thanks for your patience, Pam!

Pam shared her sweet Ubud tangle with us in the past.

Pam writes,

I’m a CZT 10. I’ve been an art teacher for 40 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. Zentangle® is the perfect method for getting art into people lives and developing passions.

This tangle is called Mayple. It started because I wanted to use the Canadian 1 cent coin in my work and there is a Maple leaf on the front.

I looked for an abstract leaf and couldn’t find any easy way to draw it. So I deconstructed the leaf to make it easy to draw.

It can be used as a fragment, or a border as in the samples.

I’ve used it with flux and fescu in one sample, and crescent moon in the other.

The image of the Canadian penny — or 1 cent coin Pam refers to — I found (above) looks almost like a sculpture. Until 1996 pennies were composed almost completely of copper (98%) and that copper content made them age gracefully, however …

[From 1997-1999 they were 98.4% zinc with copper plating; from 2000-2012 they were 94% steel and 1.5% nickel with copper plating.]

Production of the penny ceased in May 2012, and the Royal Canadian Mint ceased distribution of them as of February 4, 2013. However, like all other discontinued currency in the Canadian monetary system, the coin remains legal tender. Nevertheless, once distribution of the coin ceased, vendors were no longer expected to return pennies as change for cash purchases, and were encouraged to round purchases to the nearest five cents.  ~ Wikipedia

Mayple is fun and easy and surprisingly versatile as Pam’s examples demonstrate.

Pam illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Mayple below and includes two simple variations to explore: “You can use it with straight lines as a geometric pattern. Or squiggle the connecting lines to get a leaf look. Or curve the lines.”


How to draw the Zentangle pattern Mayple, tangle and deconstruction by Pam Signorelli. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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