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How to draw HUSH

Zentangle pattern: Hush. 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.Greetings y’all!

Hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend and it’s so good to have your company again 🙂

Our handy, fun and super easy ribbon-style Monday tangle comes from New York CZT Jody Genovese who now has over two dozen fine tangles on the site.

Could this be a great tangle to break out for Hallowe’en-themed projects?? … read on …

Jody explains the background and inspiration for Hush,

I have a simple offering today. I’ve been playing with it for a while and I don’t think I’ve seen it out there, but it is getting very hard to keep track. I am calling it Hush because, and bear with me, it reminds me of a mouth being sewed shut.

It sounds morbid, but really it is because of this. I couldn’t get this image out of my head. I got stuck with Federal jury duty for the month of May. I’ve never had jury duty before, well, I had county once a few years ago, but didn’t have to go.

So now I have federal. This works differently in that you are ‘on call’ for a month and if you have to go it is usually one day and then you are done. Two days before I am supposed to be done (I didn’t have to go the first 3 weeks) I get a notice a trial will begin on May 30th that will last until the middle of June. …

I had never been inside a court room, so that was new. The judge explained what was going to happen and how they would pick the jury and I of course paid attention to all of that, but one thing stuck in my mind and I couldn’t get it out to the point where I almost got the giggles. This is not verbatim, but you will get the idea. She said, “I have instructed the lawyers not to speak to any of the prospective jurors. This is so there can be no concern of jury tampering, which could cause a mistrial. The lawyers are all very nice, polite people, but I have told them to ignore you if they see you in the hall or in the bathroom. They are not even allowed to say hello to you.”

I understood why, but I just thought it was so funny and I could not get the image of a face with the lips sewn together out of my mind. I never got picked for the jury, maybe she read my mind. Anyway, here is Hush.

Hush is a super easy tangle and it’s a great one for reminding us to slow down and enjoy every stroke. By slowing down and concentrating on each stroke you will get the consistent spacing that makes this tangle so effective.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hush below where she features it in a Zendala tile with CZT Sandy Hunter’s Akoya {aside: pearls are my birthstone and I would LOVE to have this pearl bracelet!}. “In the middle and underneath the Akoya is a tangleation of Well“. Jody also includes Hush in a monotangle tile demonstrating the variations shown in the steps.

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

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4 comments to How to draw HUSH

  • Ria Matheussen

    Uncomplicated but nice and easy to combine with other tangles!

    • Jody Genovese

      Thank you Ria. Always appreciate your support.

    • Jessica L Dykes

      This tangle reminds me of the telemetry patterns of various heart rythms or brain waves (Sinus, A-fib, V-tach, ekg, eeg,etc.) as shown on medical equipment used to track such things in hospitals. Also resembles patterns formed by cedar shakes or roof shingles. I can see a lot of uses for this.

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    I’m enjoying using this as a border on my tile today and having lots of fun! With this simple tangle it’s amazing all the tangeations my brain is coming up with <3 Thank you!

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