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How to draw HARP

Zentangle pattern: Harp. 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.Harp is our last tangle for the month of September 2020 and it’s from Nevada CZT Jan Brandt.

Harp is Jan’s first tangle on the site though she’s long been a valued contributor with her supportive comments for other artists and their tangles.

With many other fun and popular tangles, Harp shares DNA with the Zentangle-original Cadent.

Jan introduces herself:

I’ve been tangling since 2012. I was hooked within an hour of drawing my first line! My path to discovering Zentangle has truly been a “maze”!

Since I was three (when I decided to become a ballerina), I have envisioned becoming an artist. Any kind of artist. However, since paying the bills is a requirement of adult life, I found my way into a career as a computer instructor, first as a freelancer, then as an assistant professor for several community colleges in southern California.

Several years after I retired and moved to the mountains between Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe, Zentangle found me! As it has for so many others, it slowly allowed me to believe I AM an artist. I was thrilled to attend CZT Seminar #12 in 2013 and I have been teaching ever since. Although I enjoy many other creative pursuits, Zentangle is my passion. 🙂

These are photos of “Dangling Bijous” I created last Christmas, they include Harp and Stella on Bijou tiles.

I learned the process at TangleU 2018 from Annie Reiser, CZT, who called them “Charming Tiny Tiles”. “Dangling Bijou” is the term I use to describe this ornament made by placing 2 tangled Bijou tiles back to back, punching tiny holes through opposite corners, threading a length of very thin ribbon through the top holes and clipping a beaded dangle through the bottom holes. (Two of my students and I make the beaded dangles ourselves.)

I teach the technique to my students, using a variety of tangles, in themed workshops throughout the year, including Valentines, Spring/Easter, Autumn, Christmas and Winter.

In particular, Harp seems to lend itself to a Christmas/Winter theme. 

Jan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Harp below and includes three lovely examples of Harp with and without color. “I chose the name ‘Harp’ because of the harp-like shape of the sections.

For the gorgeous Renaissance tile shown above, Jan writes it’s “another rendition of Harp I drew on a Renaissance tile. I lowered the center then shortened the lower shapes and lengthened the upper shapes as well as added some fancy auras or ‘lacy embellishments’ surrounding the tangle. This may be my favorite drawing of Harp so far! It’s fun to invent variations of a tangle that looks so straight forward at first.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Harp, tangle and deconstruction by Jan Brandt. 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

Jan’s last example is “my embellished version of Harp on a canvas tote.

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  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
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