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How to draw OYSTEROID

Zentangle pattern: Oysteroid. 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 and a very warm welcome to the first of our November tangle inspirations.

Before we get there, a quick housekeeping note.

We’re winding down the year (!?) and before long it will be time for me to start work on the 2023 Edition of the TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE. If you have a pattern to submit and would like to see it in the next edition, be sure to email me now/asap so I can consider it in the site planning before the end of this calendar year. Submission information is included below and is always available on the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of every page.

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Today’s fun Oysteroid tangle is from NY CZT Jody Genovese and it’s her 23rd (!) cool tangle on the site.

When Jody first submitted Oysteroid I thought it was very similar to one of Suzanne McNeill’s early tangles but Jody’s creative examples have always intrigued me and thus we present Oysteroid.

Jody explains how she named her tangle:

I’m calling it oysteroid because one of my Mosaic friends thought it looked like oyster shells. I thought it looked like asteroids.

When I looked up oysters to see if there were any catchy words related to that I found that the superfamily name for oysters is ostreoidea, which kind of sounds like asteroids. I made up my own version called oysteroids.

Oysteroid is easy to tangle and fun to compose clusters of them. For the site’s example I’ve used Jody’s Bijou tile from below.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Oysteroid below. Her sample tiles include some familiar Zentangle®-originals including Mooka, Finery and Tipple.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Oysteroid, tangle and deconstruction by Jody Genovese. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. (Small side note: if you look at the legalese in Pinterest, you are legally responsible for obtaining permission to post every photo that gets ‘Pinned’. Giving credit or sharing the source link doesn’t count.) Thank you for respecting these rights. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

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How to submit your pattern to TanglePatterns

From The Book of Zentangle:

Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

Remember that tangles never start with pencil planning!

"A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines."

If you need a refresher on what makes a tangle, read the A PATTERN IS NOT ALWAYS A TANGLE page on the ZENTANGLES menu bar at the top of any page.

Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do NOT need to be a CZT.

In order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them. Here's how:

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves me time and my memory some wear and tear.)

If your pattern is posted on your blog, attach your steps and tile images to your email and be sure your email includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  5. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  6. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  7. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
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3 comments to How to draw OYSTEROID

  • Ria Matheussen

    Great tangle, you know Jody, I like this tangle very much and used it already in my work. Thank you very much!

  • Deanna J. Rankin

    I really enjoyed this tangle! It’s amazing how putting weight on one side can change the whole look of a tangle! Thank you !!!

  • Jessica Dykes CZT39

    I am intrigued by this pattern. In fact, I think people are already using it. I just saw something like this on the Mosaic recently! I love your examples. Can’t wait to try it!?

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