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How to draw L’S

Zentangle pattern: Ls. 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 there friends and a very happy Friday to ya!

As we’re quietly recovering from yesterday’s celebrations — and enjoying our delicious leftovers — let’s also have some fun with Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp’s L’s tangle.

This is the second tangle this week that makes use of the letter L for its construction.

Cyndi writes,

Checking my morning online feed, I came across an architectural photo with a tiny glimpse of intriguing wallpaper … that’s all I needed to create this fun Notan pattern. It was named L’s for it’s multiple use of the “L” shape. A very simple pattern but the opposing colours and/or lines may require a bit of concentration as you get into it.

In this Zendala Cyndi includes the Zentangle-orginal Striping (visit the link to CZT Margaret Bremner’s Striping with a Twist tutorial on that page).

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing L’s below. She gives us tips and explains the different versions she demonstrates using columns in the Zentangle® example below the steps:

L’s turned out to be more versatile than I thought. Not only can you vary the number of lines in Step #3 and use it as a border but you can transform it from a Notan to an Op Art pattern by tangling it solely in black on white.

Regardless of how it’s tangled, the backbone of this pattern is Step #2 as illustrated in the Zentangle. From the left column to the right:

1. The fundamentals of Step #2 in grid form.
2. Op Art variation 1 – Step #2 lines tangled in the same direction.
3. The intended Notan pattern.
4. Op Art variation 2 – Step #2 lines tangled in the opposite direction.

Note, the shaded areas of the two variations are to draw your attention to their illusory zig zag effect, as well as the addition of the diamond effect in variation 2.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern L's, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Here are Cyndi’s tips for tangling L’s:

  • To stay focused, tangle all of one step before moving on to the next step.
  • In a grid, try drawing Step #2 as a continuous line instead of square by square.
  • For the Op Art variations – Once Step#2 is established, note the alternating ” [ ” shapes that span two squares (see Zentangle column #1 and ZIA Collage #1 below). These are more easily and uniformly tangled as one instead of square by square.

In this Zendala, Cyndi demonstrates L’s “in the round”:

In this image, she shows a progression collage of how she tangled the above Zendala tile:

Check out the tag cyndik for more of Cyndi’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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