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How to draw TWINKLE

Zentangle pattern: Twinkle. 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.This has been one incredibly strange, head-spinning week of alternate universe, dystopian reality TV.

Four dark, disorienting nights of porkies, porkies and more porkies capped off by a devastating hurricane. Head-spinning in so many ways.

Not to worry … To help us unwind and return to reality, brightness and light, CZT Leslee Feiwus shares her grid-based Twinkle tangle with us.

Leslee writes,

I have these glass blocks in my kitchen and bathroom and I have wanted to create this tangle for years now.

I’m always fascinated by how the day light makes these little squares change their shadows by moving my head from side to side or at different times of the day. They actually twinkle in the sunlight.

By shading it in different ways you can make the squares look concave or convex.

Twinkle shares DNA with the Zentangle-original Pinch, the steps for which Zentangle HQ has not released publicly yet but it’s an easy one to deconstruct and I included this example in one of my earliest “slideshow” images for the top of the site’s pages. CZT Nancy Newlin’s Panthe could also be a kissing cousin.

Leslee illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Twinkle below where she shares several ways to vary her tangle with ink and shades of graphite. Leslee describes her monotangle Zentangle® tile, “The middle section I tried to capture the twinkling light and shadow changes. When you change the shading you can see different meta patterns appear.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Twinkle, tangle and deconstruction by Leslee Feiwus. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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The origins of my use of the term Porkies

Robert and I recently binge-watched (again) the BBC television series Shetland, based on the wonderful novels of Ann Cleeves. In one of the episodes, the character Detective Sergeant Alison “Tosh” Macintosh comments that one of the miscreants was “telling porkies”. I’d never heard the expression before but I instantly LOVED it!

Porkies originates in Cockney rhyming slang:porkie pies” means telling lies.

Telling porkies is a perfect expression for the telling of big fat lies.

And there you have it, I hope porkies becomes part of the American vernacular too!

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5 comments to How to draw TWINKLE

  • This is nice, and it does kind of twinkle, but to me it is basically Dex with a very small center.

  • Joyce Blodgett

    YAY, a super simple pattern to end the week with! It’s been a rough week physically (for me), and my brain can’t cope with more “stuff.”

    Thank you for explaining “porkies” Linda. I figured, in the context of what you were saying, it had to do with all the political lying going on (an in this day and age, the words “politics” and “politician” are synonymous with the word “lie”!)
    It’s pathetic to see what supposedly mature adults are doing to attempt to discredit their opponents while also trying to aggrandize themselves ?.

  • Bobbi Walker

    I like this tangle a lot! I used a gray colored pencil for the lighter and darker shades and that worked fine. I love how this tangle can have so many variations. I too like that it is a simple one and you don’t have to “tangle your brain” around it.
    Thank you so much Leslee!
    AND, Always a big thank you to Linda for this site.

  • Jody Genovese

    Great design Leslie. Love the depth. Would love to see the tile as you described it. Sounds beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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