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How to draw CASSATT

Zentangle pattern: Cassatt. Image © Linda Farmer 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.Hi there my tangling friends!

Today is a very special Wednesday for me and for my Sweetheart, Robert.

On this day 48 (!) years ago Robert and I said “we will” surrounded by family and friends. My lovely Mom sewed my beautiful gown, as well as those of all three of my bridesmaids – my darling sisters Carol, Karen and Bev; her own gown, AND last but not least, one for her mom, my Grandmother. Needless to say Mom had an incredibly busy Spring that year!

On the day of our wedding, my Mom and sisters gathered armfuls of beautiful, heavenly scented lilacs for the church and for the reception hall at Toronto’s Anzac Club. Each year when the lilacs bloom it’s impossible not to think of that special day. Happy Anniversary my love!

Lilacs are also our tangle theme today.

I’ve been saving CZT Heidi Kay’s Cassatt tangle for this occasion 🙂

Heidi writes,

I was just playing around with another tangle and this happened.    

The first time I drew it, I immediately thought it looked like a lilac stem from an overhead view.

I love lilacs and I especially love Mary Cassatt’s famous painting of them, so the name was instant.

Mary Cassat's Lilacs in a Window

Lilacs in a Window; By Mary Cassatt – Public Domain

It can be done:

    • large and filled up with more lines or tangles,
    • stripped down to just the rice shapes and outer “point to two auras”, replacing the small orbs and radial lines from the orbs with other things,
    • or done small as a fill that can continue out organically into infinity…..

Heidi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Cassatt below and she includes a variation to explore.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Cassatt, tangle and deconstruction by Heidi Kay. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

Heidi includes this illustration showing how to use Cassatt as an organic fragment and as a ribbon creating a frame or border:

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Another event today — a total lunar eclipse …

It’s another Noom Repus (Super Moon, spelled backwards)!

According to NASA,

The Moon will be located on Earth’s opposite side from the Sun and fully illuminated May 26, 2021, at 6:13 a.m. CDT. This Full Moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance.

Compared to other Full Moons in 2021, the Flower Moon will have the nearest approach to Earth, making it appear as the closet and largest Full Moon of the year. This is what is commonly referred to as a “supermoon”. Yet, it’s not just bringing brightness and size. May’s supermoon is also bringing a “super power” to change its color, and the color is red!

Mars is most commonly known as the Red Planet. But have you ever witnessed our own planet’s Moon turn red? If you haven’t, you’ll get your chance with this year’s only total lunar eclipse also happening May 26! It’s been nearly two and a half years since the last one.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker, taking on a rusty or blood-red color. The color is so striking that lunar eclipses are sometimes called Blood Moons.

The total eclipse phase will be visible near moonset in the western United States and Canada, all of Mexico, most of Central America and Ecuador, western Peru, and southern Chile and Argentina. The eclipse can be seen in its entirety in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. Unlike a solar eclipse, you won’t need special glasses to view this lunar eclipse, just go outside and keep your head to the sky!

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14 comments to How to draw CASSATT

  • anna wieseman

    heel erg mooi Heidi
    prachtige de tangle vanuit een sering. heel knap. anna

    very very nice Heidi
    beautiful the tangle from a lilac. very handsome. anna

  • Heather BENNEN

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Rita Muller

    Happy Anniversary Linda! Thanks for today’s tangle. It’s lovely and I can’t wait to try it because I love lilacs too. Living in Florida, I don’t get to see or smell them any more, but they’ll always be in my heart as an original northerner.

  • Ria Matheussen

    Lilacs are beautiful and I love the smell! Also in our country they are blooming at the moment. The new pattern looks pretty and has a lot of possibilities. For you Linda a wonderful day with a lot of Lilacs and still many years to go!!!

  • Jody Genovese

    I love this Heidi. So versatile. What a great day to have it published!
    Happy anniversary Linda and Robert. My very warmest wishes to you both.

  • Cynthia (Cyndy) Aten

    I hope you are having a delightful anniversary, Linda! Congratulations!
    And thanks to Heidi for this wonderful Tangle. I have already added it to the blank 7 1/2″ by 10″ Moleskine notebook that I keep all of Linda’s featured Tangles in. All I have to do is leaf through its pages for inspiration. I’m on my second one already, as I draw only on the right-hand page.

  • Deborah J Davis

    Thank you This is a beautiful tangle and I’m sure I will be using it.

  • Bonnie Johnson

    Heidi- I love your tangle because it will remind me of the lilacs that we both love so much! Where are you from… the article forgot to let us know.


    Belated happy anniversary wishes! How lovely that your mom gathered lilacs for your wedding. Such a beautiful flower, and a fragrance that I love. Thank you, Heidi for a sweet and versatile tangle!

  • Happy Anniversary! And wishes to you for many more!
    Question on step 2 – after step 1, what is drawn next? Is it the circle? Or the outer lines? I am not able to see the process of how step 2 is drawn. I think I am looking for a step 1 1/2?

  • Judy Murphy

    What a fun pattern! Thank you…:0).

  • Bev Davy

    Love this tangle!!! Thank you

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