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How to draw TREELINE

Zentangle pattern: Treeline. 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 and welcome back, thanks for keeping me company once again!

Today we have a sweet and simple seasonal tangle named Treeline and it’s from Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp. By now you’ll recognize Cyndi as a regular tangle contributor and also for sharing her excellent, detailed tutorials with us. Be sure to check them out, one way to find them is by going to the TANGLES BY ARTIST section in the left sidebar and looking for cyndik.

Cyndi introduces her tangle and gives us some fun ideas for using Treeline:

Treeline came about while tangling. It’s a super simple ribbon pattern named for the nature of its appearance. The single aura is perfect for white shading to give the appearance of a layer of snow but the pattern would easily take small fill and/or colour. It works well in both single or multiple adjacent rows for a fun border or background. And…

Treeline is a great pattern for paper ribbon which can be used to adorn and personalize many little things such as jars of preserves, handmade soap, cutlery wraps and gift boxes/bags, etc.

Here are simple examples with different coloured stock (red from the tutorial) and pens (White Gel, Pentel Dual Blue + Metallic Green and Gelly Roll Green Silver Shadow). Lots of year ’round potential!

Treeline decorates gift bands

For those who checked out Part 2 of the Making Multiple Cards with ZIA Copies tutorial, there was reference to keeping leftover pieces of scrapbook stock for future use. This is the perfect opportunity to use up those pieces to make petite decorations as easy as…

1. Cut leftover stock (80lb weight is preferable for durability) into strips of the desired width.
2. Tangle the strips with the desired pattern and pen/pencils.
3. Attach or overlap ends to the item using regular or double sided (removable or non-removable) tape.

Treeline tile

The Zentangle tile above with Treeline, Ahh, and Tipple has a myriad of white gel pen dots to add texture to the background instead of patterns and/or shading. To make a long story short, the scanner couldn’t differentiate the white dots from the white background so the tile had to be photographed. On the surface where the photo was taken, there were beautiful coloured reflections and by placing the tile in them, it gave a “Northern Lights” effect. Although the photo doesn’t do the reflections justice, it does give an idea of how a Northern Lights effect might be achieved with coloured pencils.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Treeline below, noting “TIP: Step 1 is optional but for me, it provided more control over the varied widths of the trees.” Cyndi’s Zendala features Treeline with Ahh, and Sand Swirl.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Treeline, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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1 comment to How to draw TREELINE

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    I’ve been using Treeline all over the place and it’s gorgeous! It’s perfect for all my holiday cards being mailed out where I have added it as a border to the envelopes. Great for gift tags and gift bags and so much more. Perfect timing for making gifts and cards to send out the month <3 Thank you for sharing!

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