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How to draw BELTED

Zentangle pattern: Belted. 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.Hi everyone, thanks so much for keeping me company again 🙂

Today’s Belted tangle is from Texas CZT Suzanne McNeill, and it’s her 86th! on the site.

A little Zentangle®-related history … before her retirement Suzanne was well known in the crafts industry and she’s one of the first to publish books about Zentangle way-back-when, through her own Design Originals company. She published a series of still-available, very affordable Zentangle booklets that combine Zentangle art and various types of ZIA projects including quilting and fabric arts. In that series she published two of what are still, after all these years, my very favorite “not-ZTHQ” books of all the books you can find out there: CZT Sandy Bartholomew’s Totally Tangled, and CZT Marie Browning’s Time to Tangle with Colors.

Several years later Suzanne sold Design Originals to Fox Chapel Publishing who now hold the copyright to Design Originals titles. (You can read more about Suzanne’s Zentangle titles on the BOOK REVIEWS page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.) It’s been a few years now that Suzanne published steps on her now-defunct website, so with many thanks for her blessing and the kind permission of Fox Chapel Publishing, occasionally I’ll be adding tangles from her Zentangle series …

Starting with Belted which was published in Suzanne’s Zentangle 8 – Monograms and Alphabets.

As explained in the page capture, Zentangle 8 was inspired by illuminated letters and features lovely letters and monograms on a Zentangle tile, each one created and contributed by a different Zentangle artist. Suzanne includes tips for adding watercolor or watercolor pencil to ZIAs.

As I wrote in my publication review in November 2012,

For this 20-page (including covers) publication Suzanne asked guest artists and CZTs to submit a tangled alphabet letter. (My “L” tile is included – I drew the “L” freehand, then tangled the tile.) “These letters feature a variety of styles shapes, forms, and details that range from simple to intricate. Similar to our handwriting, each person drew from the same set of instructions, but each has their own individual style.” These lovely tiles are the main content of Zentangle 8.

This example Zentangle of the letter “K” is by invited artist Joanne Fink. Her Zenspirations series was also published by Design Originals and you’ll no doubt recognize Joanne’s style.

For today’s tangle I felt the urge for a grid-type of tangle and Belted popped to mind because it’s a little unusual. The underlying grid is made up of “channels” spaced far enough apart to squeeze little orbs into. I found the inking in process in this one very soothing. Although it’s hard to see in my example, I added a little graphite to the center variation of Belted for a bit of dimension. I needed a little “clean up on aisle 3” so I used my Sakura White Gelly Roll pen to touch up the white orbs that were inked in a little too much. This would make a very fun colorful ZIA too.

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Belted below:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Belted, tangle and deconstruction by Suzanne McNeill. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Free Download: How to draw four basic grids (reticula) for your Zentangles

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Here is a free TanglePatterns PDF download showing how to ink a basic Freehand Squared Grid, Freehand Diamond-Shaped Grid with a Triangle variation, and a Freehand Ogee-Shaped Grid.

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  • 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.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: a tangle NEVER starts with pencil planning.
  • How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
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