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How to draw FLURRY

Zentangle pattern: Flurry. 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 everyone!

Today’s Flurry tangle is from Texas CZT Suzanne McNeill who has dozens and dozens of tangles on the site.

Suzanne became certified in one of the very first CZT classes and her Zentangle® books were the earliest published.

A few months back when we explored Suzanne’s Belted and Wings tangles, 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 …

Today we explore Flurry from Suzanne’s Zentangle 10: Featuring Ideas for Origami & Paper Crafts. Zentangle 10 is worth checking out for holiday gift-making project ideas:

The design possibilities of Zentangle extend in many dimensions! Combine the art forms of paper crafts and tangling to create memorable 3D keepsakes and one-of-a-kind gifts for every season. Inside you’ll discover wonderful paper projects for booklets, greeting cards, angels, ornaments, beads, boxes, accordion folds, and more.

Zentangle pattern: Flurry.vImage © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-It wasn’t until I finished my first Flurry example that it dawned on me Suzanne’s steps use slightly curved strokes for the triangles in Step 2 and it does make a difference. I was so focused on getting the spacing right that I missed that detail completely. It’s a subtle difference!

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Flurry below and she includes a simple variation to explore. Flurry might also be fun in a colorful ZIA.

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

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. (Small sidenote: if you look at the legalese in Pinterest, you are legally responsible for obtaining permission to post every photo that gets ‘Pinned’. Giving credit or sharing the source link doesn’t count.) Thank you for respecting these rights. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

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Check out the tag suzannem for more of Suzanne’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals
  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • 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.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: a tangle NEVER starts with pencil planning.
  • How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
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