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How to draw ANN

Zentangle pattern: Ann. 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 my tangling friends.

It’s a wild understatement to say there are shocking, incomprehensible, horrifying events going down in the world right now, circumstances way beyond our individual control. I believe this makes it all the more important we have our calming Zentangle® practice to help settle ourselves, even if only for brief respites. That’s all I feel I want to say to acknowledge the world’s current surreal state, but rest assured it’s on my mind and prayers for resolution and peace are ongoing. There’s always Hope.

Ann is a tangle that recently resurfaced during a review of the submission archives. Ann is from German tangler Yvonne Limbach and it’s her first on the site.

Yvonne explains how she deconstructed Ann:

Since I discovered Zentangle® I always wanted to design a tangle myself but that’s not really my strong part, creating something completely new – I always need an inspiration, a starting point.

Then I remembered IX, a tangle that’s inspired by a letter and I thought that I could try that, too. Somehow, the letter N was the first thing I thought about and I quickly “found” Ann. The center “window” in the last step was added at a time when I thought that it was nice but something was still missing.

I was tangling with a friend and suddenly that window was there! I think it really adds a cool dimension to the tangle and I’m so happy with the result. It was also my friend who inspired the name – according to the name of the letter it came from.

Ann could be said to share a little DNA with the Zentangle-original Dex, right?

Yvonne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ann below where she features it in a pretty ZIA. Yvonne explains, “The tile shows two different possibilities to colour some parts of Ann black. However, after shading I didn’t feel like I was done already… and wanted to make it ‘glow’. Then Fescu came along, too.. and.. yeah. Zen mode, I guess. 🙂 .

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Ann, tangle and deconstruction by Yvonne Limbach. 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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Check out the tag yvonnel for more of Yvonne’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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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 TanglePatterns.com they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them.

Be sure your submission isn't “a thing to draw” rather than a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”).

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."

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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. 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.
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2 comments to How to draw ANN

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    Congrats Yvonne on your first published tangle!! That’s such an accomplishment! And Ann is a lovely tangle to share with the world too – I had great fun playing with it last night on some Bijou tiles and Ann is delightful <3

  • Deborah

    This is a really clever tangle; to just start with one letter. Thank you.

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