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How to draw NOVA

Zentangle pattern: Nova. 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.Hey everyone, YAY it’s Friday!

Always love the weekends and for sports fans we’ve got March Madness coming soon, the new F1 season is gearing up, and the NBA and Premier League are approaching the finishing stretches of their seasons. Lots of great tangling time there 🙂

Today’s Nova tangle is from North Carolina tangler Beth Gaughan and it’s her second on the site. Beth recently shared her Heartswirl tangle with us.

She writes,

This tangle began when I realized I was consistently mis-drawing Vano by Hanneke Sieben. So I began investigating the “happy accident”.

The initial triangle shape reminded me of the Star Trek emblem, so I named the tangle Nova.

This tangle works as a grid-based tangle, but can also be a border.

When I first looked at Beth’s submission I thought it might be CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Flying Geese from Zentangle Basics, the very first book about Zentangle® to come on the market way back in the day. Nova is similar but as it turns out, not the same.

For my example I flipped the center column just for a little variety. I am finding that I’m liking the Sakura Micron PN pen for the solid inking parts of tangles, saves the nib of the Micron 01 and takes fewer strokes to complete the fills.

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Nova below where she shows us ways to use the fragment rotated, mirrored and flipped as well as in a ribbon. Her tile includes the Zentangle®-originals Mooka and Printemps.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nova, tangle and deconstruction by Beth Gaughan. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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4 comments to How to draw NOVA

  • Jody Genovese

    Fun Fragment. Thanks for sharing Beth.

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Beth and Linda – Thanks for posting Tangle Nova. Did you know that Variation 1 is a Maltese Cross, the symbol in my household known as “Fire and Rescue Squad”? Just letting you know where my mind went. I’ll find this one really useful. Thanks again.

  • Donna

    This is lovely! I’m seeing this tangle as sharing DNA with OOF, as well. [My tangle-vision is a bit odd, I will admit.] Thank you!

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I just today decided to learn to draw “Nova,” but I read Beth’s story about how she came to design it, and I found it funny/humorous that her name for the pattern, Nova, is the anagram of the pattern she initially had a problem drawing (Vano).
    I love odd little “easter eggs” like that!
    Now I’m having fun drawing Nova, and am using Linda’s idea of using my PN pen for the fill work.
    Fun name, neat little anagram, and a pattern that can be worked up in many different configurations; what better way to spend a very hot Missouri day than in the a/c, pens in hand, learning this new-to-me pattern?!

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