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How to draw SWIFTLY

Zentangle pattern: Swiftly. 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.Happy Good Friday and the beginning of the Jewish festival of Passover.

Today’s Swiftly tangle is another deconstruction by North Carolina freshly-minted CZT Beth Gaughan, it’s her third on the site. Beth just became certified at CZT38 last week.

Beth writes,

I vacationed in Ireland a few years ago, and saw these beautiful tiles in the floor of the St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin.

Inspiration for Swiftly from St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin

I deconstructed them into a tangle. It has a Celtic look, but doesn’t require any pencil dots or other help to draw it.

The floor tiles also decorated Jonathan Swift’s tomb inside the cathedral, so I’ve named this tangle Swiftly.

According to Wikipedia:

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191, is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland.

Jonathan Swift, who as Beth notes was buried in the Cathedral, was a Dean of the Cathedral:

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet, and Anglican cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, “Dean Swift”.

Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver’s Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier—or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

His deadpan, ironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed “Swiftian”.

Just so we’re clear now, “How to draw Swiftly” is about Jonathan Swift and is not meant to contradict the Zentangle Method™ of slowly and mindfully making each stroke 🙂

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Swiftly below, “My example tile places Swiftly inside a frame of Flux, Mooka and Tipple.”

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

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Linda’s Tip in case it helps: I found it challenging to get Steps 1 and 2 to work out nicely for me. So eventually I came up with a system using ink dots to guide me. I placed 4 dots in the middle indicating where the points of the shape in Step 1 would go. Then I added dots where the ends of the stroke in Step 2 would finish. From there it was simply a matter of turning my tile and connect the dots using a curved stroke as in this example on the right. You will also notice my main example above isn’t exactly the same as Beth’s finished tangle, I liked the variation without the additional triangles in Step 5 so I stopped before completing it. Just to change it up a bit.

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