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How to draw SHEAFF

Zentangle pattern: Sheaff. 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 there my tangley friends and welcome back. Lovely to see you as always 🙂

Sheaff, today’s cool grid-based tangle is from Pennsylvania tangler Lynne Wohleber and it’s her fourth on the site.

Lynne describes her inspiration for Sheaff and gives some ideas on ways to explore this versatile tangle:

An adaptation of a design I saw on a pillow in a clothing catalogue, Sheaff has myriad possibilities.

It can be done in a traditional square grid, diagonally on a square grid, in a diagonal grid, or as a single motif … even within a circular space. [As shown here with the Zentangle®-original Noom.]

Different designs can be inserted in the space at the ends of the center double-loop, creating more possibilities. The lines that go from the center to the sides, can be made double to provide more dimension. It can be used on point as a border, or drawn as a line of squares.

A border can be placed around each Sheaff when it’s used in grids; however, it works best without a border because then it creates a multiple of auxiliary designs, depending upon whether the center double-loop is facing the same direction in each tangle or alternating. As a stand-alone, you can aura it with anything appropriate.

Suggestion: When drawing the curved lines from the center to the sides, moving from the side of the end motif toward the center line will create a more even curve and distribution of lines. There is no limit on the number you create, but be sure that the number is the same for all the tangles, since you use them to connect the tangles together in the grid.

These are just a few of the possibilities; I’m sure there are many more to be created. Enjoy!

Lynne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sheaff below where her monotangle demonstrates some combinations of grids as well as combining, flipping and mirroring the fragments for “myriad” effects.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Sheaff, tangle and deconstruction by Lynne Wohleber. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In this tile Lynne shows some of the variations described above including one with a Zentangle-original Knightsbridge frame:

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