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How to draw JAZ

Zentangle pattern: JaZ. 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.Hi friends!

Today we have a two-for-one for you to explore this weekend, and beyond.

UK CZT Lucy Farran shares her JaZ and a little bit later today, its tangleation B-JaZzy.

This sisterly duo make Lucy’s 12th and 13th tangles on the site, be sure to check them out. As with all tangles on the site, you can learn all about Lucy (and her George Bernard Shaw hometown) together with her first tangle, Trix.

Lucy introduces the first of her two tangles:

The main tangle is inspired by the Star Jasmin plant that I have growing in my garden.

Star Jasmine Plant

My neighbours built an extension which provided me with a new wall to grow plants up. I chose the Jasmin in autumn for its beautiful red leaves, but it wasn’t until I saw the flowers up close in spring that I was struck by their, elegant swirling beauty and was inspired to create a tangle somehow based on their shape. The end result isn’t particularly representative, as the shape morphed as I developed it, but for the inspiration it provided, the tangle’s name comes from a shortening of Jasmin to JaZ (with a capital Z of course!)

The tangle first developed in the radial form based on the flower, but I soon realised by breaking it down into its more fundamental shape it had many more possibilities. PP10 demonstrated the scope for drawing tangles differently and because the basis of this tangle is so simple it makes it really versatile.

It is such a fun shape to draw and by emphasising different parts with shading or auras it can look very different. It can also be drawn large and used as a reticulum for other tangles.

A really interesting way to draw it is as a border which can be ‘JaZ’zed up with additional auras etc. A simple organic border version is shown in the main step out, and a more complex border configuration has been shown in a separate step out.

For my example of JaZ I was looking to embellish it in a way that Lucy hasn’t already demonstrated below, but frankly her ideas are better 😉

Lucy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing JaZ below including how to tangle it in the round as well as a frame or ribbon on your tile. She also includes two lovely Zentangle® tiles which she describes:

The white apprentice tile example shows JaZ in radial form, each one with slightly different aura lines and shading, to demonstrate some options. It also has an example of the simple organic JaZ border, drawn with an aura, rounding and some orbs. This tile also features Printemps. The tan tile (cut from tile packaging) features a large radial JaZ with some different Striping fills and a little Fescu.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern JaZ, tangle and deconstruction by Lucy Farran. 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. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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3 comments to How to draw JAZ

  • Monica Pariani

    Parece sencillo, pero no lo es. si no tienes cuidado parecen garras. Seguire intentando. Nuevo desafio. Nuevas practicas se avecinan.

    Google Translate: It seems simple, but it is not. If you’re not careful they look like claws. I’ll keep trying. New challenge. New practices are coming.

  • Love these, Lucy! And I love that you explored different ways to tangle JaZ. In particular, I’m intrigued with your striping on tan.

  • Lucy Farran

    Yes, it is a little bit tricky to get the shape Monica, I commend your perseverance, and thank-you Jan, yes, the different striping directions really do weird things with your perception of the shape I think!

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