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Steps PATTERN - Variations

Some ideas for changing up the  STEPS pattern that I posted yesterday

I know, I know, it's a confusing name.....but when a pattern name (or book title) feels right I am compelled to go with it - I am helpless to resist the pull of my compulsive nature.

1. Start with a curved line 
(I love how simply beginning with a curved line dictates that the curves follow through the whole design and create a more organic, flowing feel).

2. Use "S" shapes to fill in design
(a much more organic version)

3. Additional ideas and tips
(yep, the stuff that just doesn't fit anywhere else)

Hope your weekend is fabulous!


  1. So many possibilities! Wonderful and very creative! Thank you very much for sharing!

  2. Yes I can do that!! Awesome now I want to go play!! Thanks bunches as always child!!

  3. Great, what a lovely tangle! Thanks for sharing and I hope your weekend is fabulous too (here it's getting colder and it's raining: real autumn in Holland)!

  4. Morning from a cold and frosty Lake District U.K

    Brilliant idea and so versatile (excuse the pun I think I must be doing too many of these zentangle tile) can't wait to try it out today. Can I ask what media you use for the colours original post. I have just purchased some copic pens with a view to trying this type of blended colour.

    Thanks again for sharing.


    1. Hi Steve,

      Thank you :) I am very glad to be heading into warmer weather!

      I use Letraset Tria markers and pro markers for colouring - Copics should easily do just as well :)

      Hope that helps.


    2. Hi Helen
      I found out which ones you use after looking back through your posts (and a very interesting video where you were using colour) I'm going to have a good look at your older posts I think �� keep up the good work it's a joy go see


    3. Thanks, Steve :) Glad you found the info you were after :) h

  5. I love everything you post - you are without a doubt one of the most inspirational tanglers on the scene. And this tangle gave me a welcome kickstart after a short break I've had recently. It didn't come out quite as hoped but it's a great mistake.

    1. Oh, thank you! What a lovely compliment :) Glad this pattern got you drawing again :) h

  6. I already used your variation of Steps stroke (with "s") and the feather (I'm not satisfied, so I'll continue to work on it). thank you for all the ideas and inspiration!

    (if you are interested how I used your ideas, you are welcome here: )

  7. I always feel totally gobsmacked whenever I visit your site, so imaginative with so many variations on a I really love your work! your little lambs and calves too, would LOVE to give them a bit of a cuddle!


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