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How to draw 4GIVING

Zentangle pattern: 4Giving. 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.Hello my tangling friends, it’s Friday and today we have a tangle that might be just a little more challenging for you to explore this weekend.

4Giving is from NY CZT Jody Genovese who has loads of great tangles on the site. Be sure to check them out!

To me 4Giving is kind of like the Zentangle®-original Bales tangled without the underlying grid. 4Giving has a lovely floating quality to it, especially when shaded to add dimension.

Jody explains how she came up with the name and gives a couple of tips on how to tangle it,

I’ve been playing with it a awhile, but couldn’t think of a name. I was zoom’ing with a fellow CZT and we were trying to come up something. As we were talking I was saying how forgiving it was. Eureka! 4Giving it is.

A couple of tips make it even easier:

    1. Make the rice shapes slightly longer than the edges of the diamond shape on both ends.
    2. When you start to draw the additional diamond shapes do the first aura along the edge of a rice shape, making it slightly smaller and then turn the tile so that the tip of the diamond faces up. Ignore the rice shape and focus on drawing the diamond shape.

This is where it is forgiving because it doesn’t matter if the diamond shapes are a little wonky, different sizes, etc. As long as you heed those two tips in the end it all still works even with the different shapes and sizes.

For my example of 4Giving I tried several times to create it on an angle as Jody shows in the steps below but in the end I had to create it straight up and down. It’s flexible and 4Giving like that 🙂

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 4Giving below where she demonstrates some fill options and includes four beautiful Zentangle tiles starring her tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern 4Giving, tangle and deconstruction by Jody Genovese. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Enjoy your weekend and see you back here again soon …


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As we are coached in the chapter on Shading in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1, "Ignore the light source ... in Zentangle shading we do not consider the type or direction of the light source. ... More often, shading is a component of the tangle itself that we use to play with dimension, emphasis, and contrast."

Everything you need to know is here in two free tutorials on TanglePatterns.

  1. TanglePatterns Shading Mini Clinic, Part 1 by CZT Marizaan van Beek, and
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9 comments to How to draw 4GIVING

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I definitely have to work on keeping the patterns on an even keel—right now, my first attempt looks as if I was drunk (and I don’t consume alcohol at all!)

    The pattern reminds me strongly of the Wedding Ring quilt pattern, one of my favorite old-fashioned quilting designs.

    • Jody Genovese

      Oh dear Joyce! That made me laugh. Molly H. said it looked like socially distanced bales, which I thought was funny. After a couple of attempts and ignoring the rice shapes while drawing the box/diamond shapes it really does fall into place regardless of shape/size of each element. Thank you for trying it!

  • Deborah J Davis

    It’s beautiful. Thank you

    • Jody Genovese

      Thanks so much Deborah. If you happen to be on Mosaic check out a tangler by the name of HappyFlamingo. She has done some AMAZING things with it I never would have thought of. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  • Sue Zanker

    I love Jodi’s patterns, always a challenge, looking forward to giving it a try though!!

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    I am having a blast with this tangle!! So fun to add into spaces no matter the shape or size, and I can get as precise or as wonky as I want and they all look amazing! A perfect addition to the TanglePatterns library, and already added into my personal Top 100 collection PDF I use on my iPad for reference 🙂

  • nancy pearson

    Jody I love 4Giving. To me, it will be 4Giving! I love your variations and the fact you can squeeze as many as you want into a space. I have a question about your sample tile: Did you do hatch marks over the Printemps? If you did —how clever! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  • Carolyn

    Jody, Thanks for such a great pattern. I’m a newbie to zentangle having never drawn before. This pattern came out so lovely I’ve drawn it several times. When I searched under your name for other patterns by you I just started chuckly – since I found there many of my very favorites. Thanks for continuing to share your patterns with us all. I was going to get seriously busy today – time to start spring cleaning. Then I saw your tunnel vision tangle….so I guess the cleaning can wait!

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