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How to draw HEARTGRAM

Zentangle pattern: Heartgram. 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 my tangling friends!

It’s February and that means it’s time for a heart tangle or two. Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp shares her sweet Heartgram with us today.

Cyndi writes,

With stay-at-home restrictions in place for ON residents…

I started thinking about ideas for Valentines Day cards early this year and while going through my flower photos, I came across one of Bleeding Hearts. Immediately it evoked childhood memories – images of my grandmother’s flower gardens.

Of all the flowers she grew, I particularly remember Lily of the Valley and Peonies for their fragrance and Bleeding Hearts for their intriguing shape.

Gram always had a small vase of flowers on the kitchen table and often when I stayed with her, she sat me down with pencil/paper and got me to (try to) draw them. She’s been gone for decades now but once again I find myself drawing Bleeding Hearts – this time as a Zentangle pattern, not a sketch.

Heartgram is an extremely simple pattern that’s named for the shape of the flower and the short form of what I called my grandmother. It has a nice flow drawn in a continuous line so Steps 2-4 have been laid out to reflect that.

Cyndi shared this link to The Spruce article with complete information about the common bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), a spring-blooming herbaceous perennial plant:

Flowers have traditionally been assigned various meanings, based both on the type of flower and the specific color. With bleeding heart, traditionally the pink-flowered and red-flowered types are said to symbolize romantic love, while white-flowered types signify purity.

Heartgram shares DNA with CZT® Barbara Duel Johnson’s Deesie but Heartgram is more specifically heart-shaped. For my example I went for a very simple ribbon-style version.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Heartgram below where she features it in a beautiful ZIA Zendala as a ribbon-style tangle framing the radial-style center.

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I am the very lucky recipient of one of Cyndi’s elegant cards featuring Heartgram.  This photo doesn’t do justice to all the lovely glittery bits on Cyndi’s delicate card. As she notes on the image below she used Staedtler Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils to color the image.

Cyndi writes,

It’s another vessel pattern, versatile in both application and fill possibilities both of which are shown in the illustration and photo of the non-Zentangle supplies used to draw it as well as this year’s Valentines Day cards.

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