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How to draw SNACK

Zentangle pattern: Snack. 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.Hello friends! What a wonderful bonanza of activities and celebrations happening this weekend. Here’s just a few I know of …

Today, July 1st, is Canada’s birthday, Canada Day. As always I send my Happy Canada Day wishes to my Canadian family and all our tangling friends north of the 49th.

Also getting underway today is the Grand Départ, Stage 1, of the pro cycling 2022 Edition of the Tour de France and this year the grueling 2,068 mile trek begins in Copenhagen. “Four countries: Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and of course France will appear on the Tour map in 2022.” Those of you who’ve been with me for a while will remember that Robert and I are dedicated armchair fans of the world’s toughest (and most scenic) sport and our DVR is all set.

And not to be outdone, for Formula 1 fans the season’s 10th race takes place this weekend at the iconic Silverstone Circuit for the British Grand Prix.

Of course Monday the 4th is our Independence Day holiday and all the wonderful celebrations that go with. A very exciting weekend indeed!

Also to keep us entertained this weekend — and beyond — we have Spanish CZT Tomàs Padró’s fun and versatile Snack tangle to explore.

Snack is very fitting for a weekend of celebrations. Tomàs introduces his quirky tangle:

I call it Snack because it has a shape reminiscent of a cashew nut, and it seems like a small snack. In addition, its shape resembles an S and it is the initial letter of Snack.

It accepts very diverse decorations and formal variations.

It can be used as single units, as a filler tangle, ribbon, and as a square or triangle fragment, so fun is guaranteed.

Tomàs kindly provides us with four sets of step-by-step instructions to show many, many ways to explore his versatile tangle.

This first set is for drawing the basic Snack form and Tomàs illustrates some ways to “create your own snack” and “decorate it as you like“. Fun IS guaranteed!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Snack, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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This second set demonstrates Snack used in a free-form style and includes a ZIA Renaissance Tan Zentangle® tile with orbs/Tipple and the Zentangle-originals Fescu.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Snack, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

See copyright notice with first set of steps above, those apply here too.

The third set is the one I used for my example, Tomàs illustrates Snack as a fragment and uses the fragment in a grid. The centerpiece image in his lovely ZIA Zendala features his recent Folium tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Snack, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

See copyright notice with first set of steps above, those apply here too.

In his fourth and last illustration Tomàs shows us more possibilities to play with including a triangle fragment and as a ribbon-style tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Snack, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

See copyright notice with first set of steps above, those apply here too.

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Whatever you get up to this weekend, have a safe and happy one!

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