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How to draw DUNZ

Zentangle pattern: Dunz. 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 again, so good to have your company this week for some fun, creative tangle explorations!

Today’s easy Monday tangle, Dunz, is from CZT Suzanne O’Malley and it’s her first on the site.

Suzanne introduces herself and her tangle (which gives us a good tip for pronouncing Dunz!),

My husband and I are now both retired and reside in Sun City, AZ. We have resided in Arizona for approx. 25 years.

I have been a watercolorist for many years and then expanded into mixed media using both ink and watercolor. I started taking Botanical Illustration with Judy Kula (another CZT) through the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ, however, the Garden discontinued the program.

As it turned out, Judy retired from Phoenix College and became bored. She discovered Zentangle® and became a CZT. I took her Beginners Class and I was hooked.

A group of 10 of us continued taking monthly classes with Judy and then formed the “Phoenix Tanglers” – that was 10 years ago and we still meet monthly.

I became a CZT along with another member of our Phoenix Tanglers Group back in April 2017 at CZT27. I began teaching Zentangle in 2018 here in Phoenix, AZ. I have used it in mixed media work using colored pencil, watercolor pens, gel pens and traditional watercolor. I teach Workshops at Shemer Art Center here in Phoenix, AZ and am now also teaching Workshops at the Sun City Calligraphy Society in Sun City, AZ. Zentangle and Calligraphy work well together.

My husband and I spend from May to October on Cape Cod in Hyannis, MA where we have a 2nd home and then return to Sun City, AZ from October to May. I teach while on the Cape at the Cape Cod Museum of Art – Art School and will start teaching next summer at the Cotuit Art Center which is also on the Cape.

As for where the name of the tangle came from – well, after I came up with the Tangle, I needed a name. I asked a couple of my fellow Tanglers for some suggestions and one person came up with Dunz as the triangles reminded her of Dunce Hats – which I thought was hilarious – hence the name.

I love that Zentangle can be incorporated into so many other art forms and is so versatile. It is so rewarding to teach as pupils amaze themselves and although they don’t quite believe at the beginning of the class there are no mistakes, are so happy with the end results which they can call their own!

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dunz below where she demonstrates it in a ZIA as a border around a heart shape which creates a lacy appearance.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Dunz, tangle and deconstruction by Suzanne O'Malley. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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