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How to draw TENTOCULUS

Zentangle pattern: Tentoculus. 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.Greetings, my friends. Welcome to another week of fun tangles and creative explorations.

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Today’s so-simple tangle …

Tentoculus is from Spanish CZT Tomàs Padrós and just wait until you see all the fun things you can do with Tentoculus which Tomàs describes as, “a minimalist and organic tangle, with an optical character.”

Tomàs’s tangles are always very popular but Tentoculus knocks it out of the park for me. SO easy! and SO many options to get creative. It could be considered a “kissing cousin” (thanks Jody) of the Zentangle®-original Rain.

Tomàs writes,

The name combines the Spanish word Tentáculo (Tentacle) with the Latin word Oculus (Eye) by obvious associations.

The basic design consists of a central line flanked by semi-curves and a point or half point between the curves.

The original design has no sharp outlines. These are suggested as a simple optical effect, which can be emphasized with a little shading.

Tentoculus is a lot of fun and allows many variations and tangleations. Its optical character, normally without outlines (but you can added them if you want), allows all kinds of plays with shading, ambiguity between shape and background, positive and negative shapes, mega patterns when lines meet, or connect with lines or filaments, etc.

Tomàs illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tentoculus below and features it in a graceful minimalist monotangle. [Here’s how to find tangles by artist or type.]

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Tentoculus, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Here he shares some tips and demonstrates a variety of ways to explore and have fun with Tentoculus:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Tentoculus, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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