Like every teenager in the waiting room (what better way to spend spring break, eh?) I updated my status on facebook: 'Waiting room at the dentist. Ho hum.' One of my fellow CZTs, Sharon Payne, suggested that I tangle to pass the time until my appointment. I joked that I was too sleepy to tangle, and she told me I should create a new tangle pattern and call it 'snore'. Woohoo, challenge accepted!
So I began dreaming up ways to construct a pattern entirely out of Zs... got out my pen and my little tin of Zentangle tiles. Naturally, that was the moment the dental hygienist opened the door and called my name. Rude.
The bare-bones version:
Start with a plus sign. Each 'branch' of the plus sign will be the TOP of a Z when you turn your tile:
Notice 1) the gap between each plus sign and 2) the gap on the bottom where 3) each Z is slightly rounded and 4) does not touch the one beside it... those are the tiny little details that will keep your pattern from looking like this:
Not that it's not lovely too... but if you want to end up with that one, there are much easier/less messy ways to draw it.
It's faster (and involves less tile-turning) to draw a row of plus signs and draw several at once. I have yet to do it that way without messing up, but I do have a head cold, so I'm gonna go ahead and blame it on that.
A few variations:
I like this one the most, because darkening every other one makes the 'nested' effect within the pattern more obvious.
with circles instead of gaps...
with two lines instead of one in the plus sign:
with some scrolly stuff thrown in:
...and with a ribbony effect.
Here's a happy little ZIA (Zentangle-inspired art) with snorr, cat-kin, sanibelle, antidots, cruffle, pokeroot, and tipple...
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Have a _____ week!
I'll let you fill in the blank... I'm not feeling that bossy today.
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