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How to draw SAVANA

Zentangle pattern: Savana. 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 Wednesday, and Australian CZT Yvette Campbell’s lovely Savana tangle.

Yesterday was Australia Day, “the official national day of Australia“, and while I understand that ANZAC Day (April 25th) is probably more popular, any excuse for a summer holiday works for me.

So sharing Yvette’s tangle is almost perfectly timed for the day and for all our tangling friends down under.

Savana is Yvette’s first tangle on the site. She says Savana was inspired by “the African savannah grasses” and her beautiful ensemble of tiles shows Savana really does give the impression of clumps of grasses waving gracefully in the breeze.

I am Yvette Campbell, an Australian artist from Boweya North in rural Victoria. I live on 120 acres in the Aussie bushland near the Murray River.

I work full-time in human services, but from when I could hold a pen, my art was always a passionate hobby and a vital life therapy. I have been able to self-manage various illnesses, pain, grief and constant anxiety through practising art.

I wanted to share these art benefits with others, but could not articulate how to do so. Researching the therapeutic benefits of art led me to discover Zentangle® in 2015. I was overjoyed to find exactly what I was looking for, and a whole supportive community opened up to me. I saved and finally travelled to the USA to qualify as a CZT in 2017, a most precious time.

I am so grateful for the framework of the Zentangle Method, which has given structure to my own rambling art practice, and has also enabled me to share with others the coping skills of practising Zentangle.

Naturally I had to do a little digging to check out savannas and the go-to Wikipedia informs:

A savanna or savannah is a mixed woodland-grassland ecosystem characterised by the trees being sufficiently widely spaced so that the canopy does not close. The open canopy allows sufficient light to reach the ground to support an unbroken herbaceous layer consisting primarily of grasses. …

Savannas are also characterised by seasonal water availability, with the majority of rainfall confined to one season; they are associated with several types of biomes, and are frequently in a transitional zone between forest and desert or grassland.

Savanna covers approximately 20% of the Earth’s land area.

Acacia savanna, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Kenya. By Christopher T Cooper, CC BY 3.0

Acacia savanna, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Kenya. By Christopher T Cooper, CC BY 3.0

As for our tangle …

You can take advantage of the sections created by your string to fill them with Savana leaving a little breathing space around each as Yvette has done with her tiles and her example below. Yvette’s consistent spacing between the “clumps” increases the impact, IMHO.

Yvette illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Savana below where she features it in a lovely duotangle with the Zentangle-original and infinitely-variable Bales.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Savana, tangle and deconstruction by Yvette Campbell. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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