New tangle pattern Gleam #zentangle

I’ve been drawing a lot of tree pictures lately with globes of light glowing through the branches.  I’ve had several people ask how I get the effect, so I came up with this pattern.

 I’ve added a lot of commentary, which isn’t usual for a traditional tangle pattern.  But this pattern is only one way to achieve the effect, so I felt it might be helpful if you knew a little more about the reason it works the way it does. 

The penciled circle at the beginning is a place holder, meant to help you determine where to start and end your loops so you’ll be sure to have the blank area in the center.  You don’t have to draw one and after a while, you won’t need to.


 The silver gel pen I used in the example below doesn’t show up very well, and just served to muddy colors in the scan.  But it looks cool in the actual picture!  Both tangle and example are the latest entries in Round 10 of the Rhodia Journal Swap.  You can see what others are doing in their swap journals at the Rhodia Journal Swap blog on Tumblr.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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