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How to draw LAPWING

Zentangle pattern: Lapwing. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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 another “Zen-spirational” new week and a very Happy Monday to you!

Today’s lovely Lapwing tangle is from UK CZT Lucy Farran and it’s her sixth on the site. Most recently Lucy paid tribute to the late Caroline McNamara, CZT with her sweet Caro tangle.

Lapwing might look complicated but it’s truly very simple — it will give your pen control skills a workout because it’s all about the aura. It’s also very flexible, it comes in both a ribbon-style and a dot grid-based version that reminds me of Mi2.

Update: As Jan Brandt points out in the comments, this is indeed a very close cousin to Ria Matheussen’s lovely Mazorito. (I plead COVID fatigue!)

Before we get to the steps, Lucy explains her inspiration for the tangle and for its name.

Lapwing is inspired by the pattern that can be found on the still water version of Harrogate spring water, a bottled water from Harrogate in the UK. I don’t often drink bottled water in the UK, but sometimes when I am out and about I will indulge in a bottle, and recently I took a short holiday in Cheshire and happened to pick up a bottle of Harrogate spring water on the way, only to notice the interesting pattern on the label, which I promptly deconstructed. (The sparkling version has Crescent Moon on its label!)

The history of Harrogate and the springs there is quite interesting: (from the Harrogate spring water website and Wikipedia)

With a history dating from 1571, Harrogate Spring is Britain’s oldest bottled water and has been revered by Royalty and enjoyed across the world for centuries.

First bottled in 1740, it is ‘ The Original British Bottled Water’ from ‘ The Original British Spa Town’ Following discovery of the mineral springs in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I’s personal physician recommended their medicinal properties and Harrogate was christened ‘ The English Spa.’ Wealthy visitors travelled to ‘take the mineral rich waters’ and Harrogate became a popular health destination.

The first mineral spring was discovered by William Slingsby who found that water from the Tewit Well in High Harrogate possessed similar properties to that from springs in the Belgian town of Spa, which gave its name to spa towns.

The well was named “Tewit”, after a local word for Peewit or Lapwing, a bird which still frequently flocks on the area near the well.

I named the tangle Lapwing, based on the above, and the fact that it the aura-ed V shapes makes me think of birds in the sky. I developed the tangle as a border tangle, but it can also be started as a dot grid as on the original water bottle label design, as shown at the bottom of the step out.

Just for fun, I include a Zia of a Lapwing that I tangled for my aunt’s Birthday last year.

Lucky Aunt, what a beautiful keepsake!

Lucy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lapwing below where she includes the steps for a dot grid variation and three lovely sample tiles to inspire you to venture forth. “The tan tile shows Lapwing as a border/ribbon together with Flux, Marasu and Crazy ‘Nzeppel. The black tile shows Lapwing in dot grid formation as on the water bottle label. The grey tile example shows Lapwing in border form, but in the round.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Lapwing, tangle and deconstruction by Lucy Farran. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do not need to be a CZT. However, in order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com you must submit them to me by email. Here's how:

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves my memory some wear and tear.)

If your pattern is posted on your blog, be sure your email submission includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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