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How to draw ZIGZATREE

Zentangle pattern: Zigzatree. 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.Season’s Greetings all!

It’s never too late for a few Zentangle®-inspired Christmas cards, gift tags and notes and today we explore an easy and festive tangle that’s simply perfect for this purpose.

Zigzatree is from Taiwan CZT Shell Chang and is presented along with several pretty ZIA tiles by Shell’s teacher, CZT Lin Chiu.

Lin writes,

The pattern of Zigzatree was tangled by my student Shell Chang in this 2015 ZIA Christmas artwork:

Shell Chang said that when she first thought about it, she accidentally discovered that positive and negative zigzag Christmas trees can be combined, which is the same as Zentangle’s non-directionality. This is very interesting!

I think of this Christmas tree pattern every December, so this year I tangled pattern steps for this pattern, and extended many different Zigzatree variations, hoping to make the application of this pattern more diversified.

I discussed with Shell Chang about this pattern’s name “Zigzag+Tree = Zigzatree” We named the pattern “Zigzatree”, because this pattern is a combination of zigzag elements as a positive and negative Christmas tree!

Lin illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Shell Chang’s Zigzatree below and shows some simple, creative ways to vary this sweet festive tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zigzatree, tangle by Shell Chang and deconstruction by Lin Chiu. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Here are some more of Lin’s gorgeous explorations of Zigzatree together with mostly Zentangle-original tangles, the first is on a Renaissance Tan tile:

A ZIA message with love on a Renaissance Tan Zendala tile:

A pretty-in-pink ZIA on a white Zentangle tile:

And lastly, sweetly tied up in a pretty bow on a Zendala:

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Check out the tag shellc for more of Shell’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

Better late than never?

I realize it’s a bit late in the season but I just decided to add a new tag – christmas – so we can find all the tangles and related tutorials in this category. If you find any I missed, feel free to send me a heads up so I can remedy the situation 🙂

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