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How to draw BINX

Image © Carla Jooren and 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.Before we get started today I want to thank you for the kind and congratulatory comments helping me celebrate TanglePatterns’ 11th Tangleversary yesterday. You mean so much to me and I’m very grateful for your friendship. Words are not enough. Onward we go for tangle year 12 …

Today’s fun Binx tangle is from Dutch CZT Carla Jooren and it’s her second on the site. Earlier this year she shared her Ziraffe tangle with us.

Carla writes that she was “tangling on about” and Binx just appeared … what interesting paths our intuition can take us on.

In a change to my customary tangle procedure of the last eleven years, the example image for Carla’s tangle is her own. Because I’m still not completely sorted out with my vision yet I’ve decided to go down this road for a bit to give my eyes a break. This will not only give them a break from the close detail of testing out every tangle submission but also from the volume of computer work involved. Going forward, some tangles will have my illustrations and others will use their creators’ originals where possible. (I’ll work out a template to be used with submissions.)

Carla illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Binx below and in her Zentangle tile she demonstrates a few ways it can be used in yours including an Indy-Rella-inspired version and a sweet flower pod version together with a touch of Henna Drum.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Binx, tangle and deconstruction by Carla Jooren. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In case you missed it ...

Zentangle is "not just the latest buzzword for ‘that thing I was already doing years ago in the margins of notebooks’."

So if that's what you've been thinking, you don't know Zentangle yet.

For enlightenment on this subject please read CZT Sandy Hunter's eloquent article On Understanding Zentangle.


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  5. 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.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
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7 comments to How to draw BINX

  • Deborah J Davis

    This tangle is very interesting. Can’t wait to try it. Should be fun. Thank you

  • Dessie Arnold

    Linda, I am sorry to hear that you’re having vision problems, and I for one will really miss your “thumbnails” for the tangles. Your style is so clean and often I see qualities in your sketches that I don’t see in the stepouts or other examples. I hope your vision issues will be solved soon. All the best, and thank you for 11 years of creating and maintaining such a wonderful site for those of us who love Zentangle.

  • Jody Genovese

    Carla I love tangles like this. It looks like so much fun. Definitely adding this to my ever growing pile of things to try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dessie Arnold

    Carla, I just saw the beautiful tile you made with Binx! That is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your tangle with us.

  • Ginny Sones

    I adore this whimsical tangle Carla! Thanks for sharing.

  • Karin Godyns, Belgian CZT living in Spain

    Dank je wel Carla voor deze prachtige nieuwe tangle. Ik kijk er naar uit om mee aan de slag te gaan.

    Linda’s Google Translation: Thank you Carla for this beautiful new tangle. I’m looking forward to getting started.


    Merci pour ce partage ! je trouve cette tuile super !

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