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How to draw POZ

Zentangle pattern: Poz. 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.Well folks, it’s here! Today’s the first day of Autumn 2021.

Where did Summer go!? And of course here we’re still keeping an eye on the Tropics and there’s definitely something worth watching right now. South Florida has been very lucky so far this hurricane season, but “it ain’t over yet”. Sigh …

Today’s Poz tangle is from CZT Angie Gittles who shared her Nome tangle with us not so long ago and 8 more as well.

Wait until you see the inspiration for the name Poz! Angie explains:

I had recently purchased a new “Miss Molly” Butterfly Bush, and decided I wanted to try to draw a Zentangle-inspired version of the plant.

The flowers reminded me of clumps of tipple with irregular edges.

Then I realized this would make a fun and easy fill pattern in general – not just to make flowers.

It’s a small tangle (although you can draw it as big as you want), and I wanted a small name – so I named it after my favorite Claymonster cookie jar. The pottery artist names her pieces, and mine is named Poz.

First of all, Miss Molly – can we just say WOW. And oh man, wouldn’t I LOVE one of those Claymonsters! Unfortunately I think they’re limited editions sold at craft shows and fairs mostly in the northeast … but isn’t Poz just so lovable?? And absolutely gorgeous glaze work. Hmmm … does Poz share DNA with Bijou? Questions, questions …

I had such fun with Poz the tangle. It helped to visualize little circles as I zigzagged my way around. The continuous zigzags do take a little control, I found. I tangled quite a few samples as I played with Poz but this one I decided on appealed to me the most. As Angie demonstrates, many ways to play with this tangle. So simple, so fun.

Angie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Poz below and she includes a tile with her Miss Molly ZIA as well as showing us some ways to add variety and embellishments.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Poz, tangle and deconstruction by Angie Gittles. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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How to submit your pattern to TanglePatterns

Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do NOT need to be a CZT. In order for patterns to be considered for they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them.

Be sure your submission isn't “a thing to draw” rather than a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”).

From The Book of Zentangle:

Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

Remember that tangles never start with pencil planning.

"A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines."

If you need a refresher on what makes a tangle, read the A PATTERN IS NOT ALWAYS A TANGLE page on the ZENTANGLES menu bar at the top of any page.

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

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And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."


Related Links

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  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  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.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
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12 comments to How to draw POZ

  • Nancy Garcia

    Angie Gittles, Poz is another awesome tangle. So versatile!

  • Linda Dochter

    As I remember saying to my brothers in my youth – WOW-WEE COW.

    The starting description of a “jagged-edged Tipple” lit my imagination. I have a personal collection I call “Tipple Tangleations.” Every time I add to it, I think “Now THAT has got to be the last possible variation of an orb.” Can’t wait to double (?) the number of entries with a “jagged-edged” Tipple.

  • Barb Masinton

    Love love love at first sight! What caught my eye was the simplicity of the pattern, with all kinds of possibilities from monotangle to filler. Then I found the cookie jar and the variation possibilities increased exponentially! I instantly sketched Poz the Claymonster Cookie Jar alongside Poz grass, Pos floating, Poz framed, laughing all the time. After chatting with Angie, she was agreeable to letting me include the cookie jar on my practice page! And I did, belly laughing the entire time! Thanks Angie for making my day! And thanks Tanglepatterns for posting Poz!

  • Ginny so

    Angie, Thanks for your simple, versatile tangle. I will be seeing what direction Poz takes on my tiles.

  • LLS

    Linda, I am so glad that I took the time to read your comments! I was fascinated by the reply you made to Linda Dochter! What on earth is Cruffle???? Who is Sandy Hunter??? This led me to look up a CZT by their name for the first time. I still didn’t find the 150 Cruffle, so I looked up Cruffle on the 5th page of C tangles. That led me to the article by Sandy Hunter. . . It has taken me 2 days, but I copied all 150 of those adorable Cruffles!!!! I learned so many things that I wouldn’t have if you hadn’t pointed the article out. The variety and shading is amazing. It reminds me of fragments and reticulum. Instead of square or triangle reticulum, Cruffles start with cicular reticulum. . .Thank you so very much!!!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi LLS, delighted you’ve discovered Sandy after some sleuthing! My comment actually has a live link to the Cruffle list but you knew enough to use the site to find it on your own, kudos. Be sure to check out her tangles on the site (sandyh in TANGLES BY ARTIST) and her article On Understanding Zentangle (that’s a link) which is also reproduced in the TANGLE GUIDE.

  • Beatrice

    Beautiful, organic tangle. Thank you!!!

  • Viola Dean

    Great simple pattern to use as filler. As I am looking at the example tiles, I am wondering is there a name for the black orb with the aura around it in the middle tile?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Viola, I’ve always considered that as embellishments of the Zentangle-original Tipple although others have given them names like Black Pearls or Caviar. Still Tipple to me 🙂

  • Viola Dean

    Thank you, Linda! I think it’s a great way to add some dramatic contrast to your work 🙂

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