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Valentangles 2022

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Every year around this time, I post some heart-related tangles.

Last summer, I stopped practicing Zentangles in favor of drawing people. But after the ICAD (Index-Card-a-Day) challenge ended, I didn’t do much drawing at all. Whenever I stop Zentangling, I lose my skills, and I feel like I’m starting all over again. I’m dissatisfied with this first one, using the pattern Amer by Maria Vennekens:

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Next is Triskel Heart, designed by Ina Sonnenmoser:

Triskel Heart

This is Heart Thread, designed by Dolly Bolen:

Heart Thread

Cross-Ur-Heart reminds me of a traditional appliqué pattern, which is why I repeated it like quilt blocks. The pattern was designed by Jenna Black:

Cross-Ur-Heart

I love “grid” designs. This one is by Helen Williams, and it’s called Hearts & Diamonds:

Hearts & Diamonds

Another grid pattern, SweetHeart, also by Helen Williams:

SweetHeart

The next tile is a string of several patterns, including LG by Adele Bruner, Fan of Hearts by Rachel Foster, Luheart (I made a variation) by Chen Su Chun, Heart Wrap by Ina Sonnenmoser, Heart Thread by Dolly Bolen, and Heart wave by Helen Williams. This is my favorite in this group:

String with patterns LG, Fan of Hearts, LuHeart, Heart Thread, and Heart wave

If you read Creative Juice #280, you may have seen the Valentine tutorial. I tried it, but I didn’t like the colors of the Tombow markers I have (they’re skin tones, not perfect for hearts), so I tried alcohol markers. That technique doesn’t work with alcohol markers. So I substituted actual watercolor paints. My painting isn’t as cute as Smitha’s, but it was fun:

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If you’d like to see my Valentangles from previous years, here they are from 2021202020192018, and 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend it with the one you love. If not, can you do something nice for another person who might be lonely?

Valentangles 2021

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Every year around this time, my artwork focuses on the theme of hearts. Here are some of my tangled creations.

This heart is filled with sea waves, a pattern designed by Jinny Lu.

This next one is filled with frost flower by Karen Huen:

The next one is filled with walk the line by Chris Titus. As I was working on this, I expected it to come out looking like a double oval spiral; but instead, it looks sort of like angel wings. Happy accident:

I love grid patterns. Sometimes they look like quilt blocks to me; other times they look like tiles. This one is called heartangles by Vandana Krishna. I especially like the web design:

This heart is filled with another grid pattern, trellis by Alice Hendon:

The next one uses printemps, auras, stripes, and dots:

I used sprigs by Michele Beauchamp to form a heart:

And this one is my favorite. I adapted cosmic flower by Nicole Dreyer and shaped it into sort of a heart. To me it looks “hippy.”

If you’d like to see my Valentangles from previous years, here they are from 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, everyone. I hope you get to spend it with the one you love.

Valentangles

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A few years ago I started a tradition of posting a bunch of Zentangle® valentines in February. Last year I thought I coined a new term: Valentangle. This year I discovered there has been a Valentangle challenge for several years already, so I didn’t invent the word.

I tried to join the Valentangle2020 Facebook group (in fact, I tried several times), but I never got approved. I don’t know if it was a glitch, or I missed a secret deadline, or they really don’t want me.

Anyway, I’m still calling these Valentangles.

This one uses the pattern Ixorus:

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This one combines Snail and Florz:

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This design is called Pepper. Doesn’t it look like a zebra?

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This one uses the design Mistrel:

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This one is filled with Double S:

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This might be my personal favorite of the group. Drupe:

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I am calling this one “Heart Attack”:

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This one uses Puffle, Onamato, and Luv-A. Puffle reminds me of ribbon candy.

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Which one do you like best? Vote in the comments.

If you want to see my previous Valentine posts, click on the years: 2019, 2018, 2017.