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How to draw WINGS

Zentangle pattern: Wings. 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 and welcome back, so lovely to “see” you again …

Wings is a grid-based tangle from Texas CZT Suzanne McNeill and it’s from her Zentangle 8: Monograms & Alphabets booklet.

A few months back when we explored Suzanne’s Belted tangle, I explained her background and that of her publishing company:

A little Zentangle®-related history … before her retirement Suzanne was well known in the crafts industry and she’s one of the first to publish books about Zentangle way-back-when, through her own Design Originals company. She published a series of still-available, very affordable Zentangle booklets that combine Zentangle art and various types of ZIA projects including quilting and fabric arts. In that series she published two of what are still, after all these years, my very favorite “not-ZTHQ” books of all the books you can find out there: CZT Sandy Bartholomew’s Totally Tangled, and CZT Marie Browning’s Time to Tangle with Colors.

Several years later Suzanne sold Design Originals to Fox Chapel Publishing who now hold the copyright to Design Originals titles. (You can read more about Suzanne’s Zentangle titles on the BOOK REVIEWS page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.) It’s been a few years now that Suzanne published steps on her now-defunct website, so with many thanks for her blessing and the kind permission of Fox Chapel Publishing, occasionally I’ll be adding tangles from her Zentangle series …

Thus today we get to play with Wings. It’s easy to tangle and it has possibilities for some imaginative fill options in addition to the ones Suzanne includes. Wonky grids could also be interesting.

BTW, a really easy way to establish an evenly rectangular grid is to draw a regular square one and then divide the squares in half horizontally.

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Wings below and demonstrates two easy variations to explore.

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

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3 comments to How to draw WINGS

  • LLS

    Thank you so very much for this dramatic pattern. I have several of Suzanne McNeil’s pattern books. I agree that Yoga for the Brain is an amazing book! I have given it as a gift to two of my friends. I am hoping to get the Zentangle Volume 8, but don’t have it yet. Thanks for sharing these variations. I especially like Variation #1. Happy tangling!

  • Thanks, I got several of her books early on which really helped me get hooked on Zentangle!

  • Ria Matheussen

    Cheerful, pleasant and easy tangle. Thanks for sharing!

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