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leaflet - video & variation

When I was playing around making a video demo for leaflet yesterday, I experimented with a different approach to drawing it. Here's the result:

I really love it. So flowy and organic.

The video runs through how to do the basic pattern, some shading options, and shows the alternative way to draw as above. It does run for a bit over 8 minutes, though you won't have to listen to my voice the whole time (a fate worse than death if my husband is to be believed!!!), as I have sped up some sections. Love to know what you think!

I had one more drawing in progress for the challenge  when I posted yesteday. I had sketched out a sun with straight lines for the sunbeams that I wanted to draw when I found this gorgeous drawing by Melissa Johnson on my pinterest zentangle board - I knew then that I had to add some flowing sunbeams too!

It was also a good excuse to colour using sunset tones - and give my orange promarkers a workout -  orange is a colour I don't really use a lot. I love it, I just can't use it!

I have kept the straight beams in a single pattern and colour - this woodgrain pattern is one that I used to draw quite a bit years ago - very basic, but I have stepped it out as it might be useful for some. It's a pattern that will turn out differently every time.



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE it, Helen!!! You're a genius :) thank you!

  2. Terrific idea.So easy, too. Thanks.

  3. Thanx for sharing this video with us, it looks really great. I love the one with the random lines. Its very flowy with great shading possibilities.

  4. Just love how it looks w/the squiggly lines!! Very organic!!

  5. Helen ~ thank you so much for sharing this ~ just beautiful! Love the video!

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to make the video.

  7. love your art and your style - loved the video

  8. Oohhh. Love the wood grain. So wonderful and so easy to do.

  9. Just watched your video and I'm really exited about this Leaflet. Thank you for sharing Helen!!!

  10. Great video and I really love the curved variation of leaflet...some looked like folds and I can just imagine this colored in, especially LeeAnn Denzer style...pretty!! Can't wait to play with this Helen!

  11. This is such a beautiful pattern. Thanks so much for doing a video for us, Helen. =)

  12. Thanks, everyone :) Glad you enjoyed the video! I am really having fun with this pattern and can't wait to see what others do with it!

  13. Thanks Helen for the video, LOVE the natural flow of this tangle and all your art work in general...AND I enjoyed hearing your voice...Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
    Sue Olsen

  14. Helen, I think your work is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. You are truly an inspiration to me.


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