Be sure to see the overview and step-outs for the B’Twined pattern before reading on…
Here are some Zentangle B’Twined Tips that you may find useful. Most people commenting on the B’Twined tangle say they love it. When creating a piece of art using B’Twined, it is easy to get into the ‘flow’ of the pattern while focusing on the stroke being drawn. To me, this is the Zen of Zentangle.
Zentangle: B’Twined Tips
Following the advice below may make this tangle become one of your all time favorites! The shading possibilities are nearly endless and it has that special 3-D pop needed on tiles.
* If you’re learning B’Twined, then you might start with all straight lines instead of the parenthesis strokes. This will give you a tangleation that is a nice lattice pattern. Move on to the parenthesis strokes after getting the straight lines down.
* Practice learning B’Twined on paper or in a sketchbook to get a feel for it before committing it to a tile.
* Practice learning B’Twined on a really big grid. If working on a 3.5” drawn square in your sketchbook, I recommend starting with a 3×3 or 4×4 grid and to create a monotangle.
* In Step 2 only, I sometimes use only right “)” parenthesis strokes and turn my tile 180 degrees to begin each new row or column of parentheses. Results tend to end up more even that way.
* Step 2’s Parenthesis stroke should be placed with its widest part close to the diagonal line so that Step 4 fits and connects nicely.
* In step 4, I think of drawing the parenthesis strokes pair in a ‘Hollibaugh’ fashion – by ‘drawing behind’.
* When drawing the pair of parenthesis in step 4, I do focus on where the ‘connection point’ is and start the parenthesis stroke from that spot instead of always starting from the top of the stroke. See photo below for a graphic explanation.
* This tangle does scale down nicely. It can also be used as a border tangle, or as a fill-in, even for circles!
* B’Twined can be shaded and/or filled in many ways, experiment! Try shading in pen too! Play with the grid shape!
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