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How to draw 11

Zentangle pattern: 11. 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.Welcome to Wednesday and the lovely month of September.

Almost Fall for us in the northern hemisphere and Spring for our “down under” tangling friends, two beautiful seasons wherever you are.

We begin this new month with Taiwan CZT Mina Hsiao’s 11 tangle. And don’t let my minimalist 11 example fool you into passing it up, variations abound.

It’s been a little while since we’ve explored a new tangle from Mina but this makes her 16th on the site.

The name 11 comes from the fact that it’s composed of pairs of parallel strokes, either in a regular grid or in a channel grid as in this lovely Zentangle tile together with Flux and perfs.

Mina writes,

11 is very changeable. In Chinese the name means surprise.

The source of inspiration is the ceiling of the lobby of my working hospital.

I always walked quickly through the hall without seeing the beautiful ceiling. In order to prevent and control epidemics, one of my jobs in the past six months has been to check the body temperature before someone enters the hospital. One day, I stayed there and looked at the ceiling, which allowed me to deconstruct a new pattern.

I use double lines to draw it. Just turn the tile, you can easily draw.

This pattern is so simple and fun, I hope you like it. Hope you will enjoy drawing it.

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 11 below and she includes a monotangle composed of a collection of variations to explore. “I use Zentangle’s tangle enhancers (aura, shading, rounding….) for variation.” Lots of surprises!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern 11, tangle and deconstruction by Mina (Ping-min) Hsiao. 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. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

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6 comments to How to draw 11

  • Georgianna

    11 is such a great pattern since it can be a fragment seed to create endless other fragments. I love these kinds of patterns. Thank you, Mina.

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Thank you, Mina, for this fun tangle and for your advice.
    Look to the left, Look to the right, Look down, and Look up. Always remember to look up. Tangle patterns everywhere. 🙂

  • Bobbi Walker

    Hello. At first I had a little trouble “lining things up”. I thought, “I don’t like this tangle”. But, I hate to just give up SO…. I penciled in an imaginary box in the center and made the lines from there – that made it very simple for me. That’s probably just my silliness, but anyway, now, I love the tangle. So much can be done with it! Thank you Mina. Bobbi

  • Jenn Brayton

    Lots of fun play possibilities with this tangle! I’m enjoying it on bijou tiles 🙂

  • Deborah Davis

    I like this tangle. There are so many variations to be done with it. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth Ruby-Cunningham

    Thank you for sharing this tangle. I like the way the lines are drawn.

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