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How to draw DANCER

Zentangle pattern: Dancer. 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 everyone, hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing Labor Day weekend 🙂

It’s hard to believe but for the first time in a very long while — as Labor Day is traditionally the peak of our hurricane season — we aren’t in some kind of storm monitoring mode here in South Florida. It sure makes for a change and it feels pretty wonderful not to be in that uncertainty kind of Labor Day headspace!

Dancer is today’s sweet and easy Monday tangle and it’s from Missouri CZT LaJuania Dorman. Dancer is LaJuania’s first on the site.

LaJuania has been a member of our Zentangle® community for a few years and last year she took advantage of Zentangle’s first online certification seminar, CZT36 to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

She introduces herself and her Dancer tangle:

I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I’m a proud wife, mother of two, grandmother of five, great-grandmother of six, and 6 grand-dogs!

My Zentangle journey began in October 2017 shortly after I retired. I was “window-shopping” in a local hobby store and picked up a very interesting book titled “The Joy of Zentangle”. Being a frustrated artist, I was intrigued by the concept. Right then and there I bought the book and all of the suggested supplies to get started. I worked my way through that book and many more, as well as watching multiple YouTube instructional videos, finding Rick and Maria and “Z” crew a well as many talented and creative artists. Finally, in 2020, I was fortunate to participate in CZT36, the first-ever online CZT seminar.

As a CZT, my interest lies in sharing my love of Zentangle with anyone that shows an interest! I currently have three ladies in my “Beginnings” class. This is finally a job that I love doing, BUT, I’m retired! How fun is that.

The tangle Dancer evolved as many tangles do; a mis-stroke of a familiar and comfortable tangle. But, since “there are no mistakes in Zentangle,” (according to our wise founders) I just kept tangling to see how it would develop.

Dancer can act as a focal point and it can also make an pretty frame around a tile, ribbon-style. Perhaps influenced by Day 3 in Project Pack #15, I decided to “beef up” Dancer‘s C-shape curves just a tad in my example. It is fun to play with shapes and sculpt them with the Micron.

LaJuania illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dancer below where she pairs it in a simple Zentangle tile with the Zentangle-originals Pokeleaf, Pokeroot, Flux and a touch of Tipple.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Dancer, tangle and deconstruction by LaJuania Dorman. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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4 comments to How to draw DANCER

  • Lovely! Because I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from U.C. Irvine (in the previous century), the name of this tangle immediately caught my eye. 🙂 Its graceful combination of curves sent me right to my studio for pen and paper. I love playing with such versatile tangles! Thank you, LaJuania. I hope you’ll continue to create and share your tangles with the Zentangle world!

  • LLS

    What a lovely tangle! I like the different ways you showed shading it! It is amazing to me what a difference a little graphite makes in a design! Keep up the wonderful work! Thank you!

  • Polly Heinselman

    Lovely tangle that I played with tonite. Thank you .

  • Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun one I’ll have to have a play with soon.

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