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How to draw FANTSEE

Zentangle pattern: Fantsee. Image © Linda Farmer and 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 my tangling friends, great to see you again 🙂

Today’s sweet Fantsee tangle is from Indian CZT Rashim Bhargava and it’s her first on the site. (Note that my example is very basic, Rashim demonstrates pretty ways to embellish it below.)

Rashim introduces herself,

I hail from a small educational town Roorkee in the state of Uttrakhand, India. I have been in the education line and retired as Principal from Army Public School No 1, Roorkee. Presently my husband is working in Doha, Qatar and I am here with him.

One day in the month of August 2020 I was searching on Google for some sketching ideas for a birthday card and these lovely drawings which I had never seen before, popped up! I just loved them and got curious. One search led to another and Zentangle® came into my world! I was very fascinated with the whole idea and philosophy of the art form.

I started tangling without even knowing it was tangling and found it very relaxing and meditative. While creating a tile and after finishing it I felt very happy and positive. No comparisons to anything or anybody. No stress of drawing ‘how it is supposed’ to be drawn. The best part was also the limited space and materials it required. Could be done just anywhere!

At that time I was in San Jose with my son’s family and seeing my interest, they booked an introduction to Zentangle class for me with CZT Andrea Chebeleu on 27th Aug 2020 and since then there has been no going back! Have been tangling everyday since then.

A little geographical diversion before we get to our tangle … I first became somewhat familiar with Doha, the capital city of Qatar (and “home to 80% of the country’s residents”), while watching Formula One races and the new Qatar Grand Prix in November 2021. It’s an incredibly modern city in the Persian Gulf as this photo of some of its amazing architecture shows.

Then last year the 2022 FIFA World Cup took place in Qatar and Robert and I watched many of the matches. So through the accompanying television documentaries we became more familiar with the country and in particular Doha. According to Wikipedia,

Human habitation in Qatar dates back to 50,000 years ago. Settlements and tools dating back to the Stone Age have been unearthed in the peninsula. …

In terms of income, the country has the fourth-highest GDP (PPP) per capita in the world.

Rashim tells us how she came up with her Fantsee tangle:

This tangle is the outcome of a little holiday to Banana Island near Doha and the deconstruction is inspired by a quaint ceiling fan in the suite where we stayed. When I opened my eyes in the morning the first thing that I saw was this pretty fan and it led me into some philosophical thinking with its 5 blades about the 5 elements of the universe, 5 senses etc.

The fan was unique in the sense that it did not have a regulator for speed control. However the cooling was very effective due to the change in the angles of the blade! Well, I don’t know much about the how and the why of it but I’m just so happy that it led to this tangle called “Fantsee’!!

Rashim illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Fantsee below and she features it in a lovely Zentangle tile with some Fescu fronds and Henna Drum motifs. This is another tangle that benefits from some space so you can add embellishments in and around it.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Fantsee, tangle and deconstruction by Rashim Bhargava. 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 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

Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do NOT need to be a CZT. In order for patterns to be considered for they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them.

For a submission to qualify as a tangle it must be a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”) and not “a thing to draw”.

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.

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 JPGs. (Please save me time and do not send PDFs). It also includes a link to this PDF submission form.

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 JPGs 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."


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. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. 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.
  6. "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.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. 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.
  9. Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!
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3 comments to How to draw FANTSEE

  • Deborah

    I really like what you have done with your simple tangle. So easy to ‘dress them up’ when they start more simple, like this one. I will have fun with it.
    Thank you

  • Denise Potter

    That that really fun. Not too difficult and even in a small form, it turned out well. thanks for sharing!

  • Lynn Starnes

    I loved reading about the artist’s background and inspiration for this tangle. I have used this pattern before and it is fun and easy to draw.

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