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How to draw ZIGGI

Zentangle pattern: Ziggi. Image © Zentangle. 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.Greetings y’all, lovely to see you again and welcome to our Wednesday tangle.

On Monday we explored a tangle named Ikshana inspired by Nik from the late Bunny Wright, a Canadian CZT sadly gone too soon but we are lucky have her tangles to remember her.

That Nik inspiration reminded me of Ziggi, a tangle from the archives by another Canadian, tangler Cyndi Knapp. (Both of these ladies have a lot of tangles on the site so remember to check them out.) I recalled that one of Cyndi’s Ziggi tiles included Nik:

Cyndi writes,

Ziggi was in my little stash of scribbles waiting to be developed into patterns. It’s a simple design that once into its rhythm, I found easiest to draw in a continuous line. However to get precision, it’s best drawn step by step.

Both methods were used for the illustrated Zentangle – the vertical baselines were drawn first, then one row step by step, then each remaining row in a continuous line.

The step by step method was used for both the 3Z (above) and Zendaletta (below), the latter being a bijou reshaped using a 2″ circle punch.

It’s a fun pattern that looks just as good on a curvy baseline as it does on a straight one. A good background, border or pattern divider and lends itself to some embellishment and fills.

After several versions of experimenting with Ziggi, I discovered a slightly different look when you tangle the columns “stuck” adjacent to each other so I thought I’d use that as my example. Then just to keep us on our toes, I turned my example sideways 🙂 as we are always encourages to turn our tiles to see different perspectives.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ziggi below where she’s layered her three tiles together in a Ziggi ensemble 😉

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

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