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How to draw BRR

Zentangle pattern: Brr. 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! Welcome back you Zentangle® Zealots 🙂 …

Our easy Monday tangle gets us in the mood for “think winter“.

Brr is from Maryland CZ Julie Isaac and it’s her second tangle on the site, her first was Leur.

Julie writes,

So many tangles are floral, but not that many are crystal-like for snowy looking results.

Snowflakes have 6 sides, but so many tangles end up with 8. Not that that really matters in Zentangle®, but still, in working with this idea, I ended up with a really versatile step out that gives some wonderfully snowflaky results. It starts simply with an X and a line thru it to build 6 sides.

Here are a couple snowy tangles to pair nicely with Brr, plus a tangle-tip for each:

    • Syng – Create a faceted effect with an inside aura and connected corners.
    • Ahh – A small center circle, lightly drawn in pencil, is a great place to start this tangle. Blend that out after.
    • Kaboom – You could keep it simple and stick to six sides or go nuts and build it big. Try using that same idea of inner aura connected at corners to create a beveled or faceted look.
    • Splish – Linda Farmer offers a couple tips for using this snowy tangle.

Both of Julie’s lovely tiles feature Brr with CZT Shilpi Gupta’s Syng. In her post with the steps Julie shows several ways (of an infinite number) to decorate the basic shape.

Julie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Brr here on her Let it Snow blog post. Julie has collected fascinating facts about snowflakes, starting with “All snowflakes have six sides“; she suggests some “Snowy & Warm Grooves to Entertain you while you Tangle your Tangles“; and she shows how tangling Brr on black tiles with with white, grey, or metallic Gelly Roll pens gives “snowy results“. Note that Julie provides a PDF for you to download.

Although many of these are NOT 6-sided, for more ideas on how to decorate Brr/snowflakes, check out this image. A Google search will quickly turn up lots of ideas.

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1 comment to How to draw BRR

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    Just had our first snow last week so this tangle is perfct for the start of my winter snow tangles!! And so much information about snowflakes – awesome!

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