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How to draw TIED TOGETHER

Zentangle pattern: Tied Together. 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 and thanks so much for joining me once again for another week of tangle creativity.

Tied Together, today’s easy and versatile tangle, is from Texas CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Zentangle 7 book. Suzanne participated in one of the earliest certification seminars ever held, oh so long ago.

Recently I explained how Suzanne’s copyrights are now owned by Fox Chapel Publishing and both she and Fox Chapel have graciously given me permission to publish the occasional tangle from her series of books, each featuring different Zentangle®-inspired crafts.

In particular Zentangle 7 focuses on Zentangle-inspired circles, Zendalas and shapes,

Bring your Zentangles full circle with 40 new tangle patterns and ideas for making beautiful Zendalas.

Talented Certified Zentangle Teachers share their tips and designs for using watercolors and circular stencils, making mini Zendalas on metal rim tags, creating a Zendala spinner, or using the pre-strung tiles.” ~ from my Zentangle 7 review

I selected Tied Together not just for its simplicity but for the creative opportunities to explore it further. For my very basic example I filled the rectangular “beads” with alternating rows of horizontal and vertical strokes. I also added a touch of shading though it’s hard to see. Using color or filling with other tangles are more options to consider depending on the scale you tangle it.

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tied Together below. Easy, fun, creative … what can be better for a Monday?

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

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4 comments to How to draw TIED TOGETHER

  • Alice

    I love Suzanne’s work and often refer to her books for tangles. I think I have the whole set <3

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Neat pattern! It reminds me strongly of the room “dividers” of the 1960s, ones that were comprised of very lightweight materials, usually on tall tension poles, and could be easily moved to anywhere the homeowner wanted them to be placed. I babysat 55 years ago in a cute little house that had just such a room divider, and I liked it a lot. This pattern just brought back the memory of that little place, and of a fun time in my then-young life 🙂

  • Deborah J Davis

    This looks like a tangle I will enjoy. So many possibilities with fill patterns, etc. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Fun inspiration for my tangle a day calendar. Using a lot of the post you do Linda, so thanks for all you do to inspire us tanglers.

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