MIANDER is a pattern that keeps appearing in my tangles. It can grow in any direction depending on how you turn your tile. Shaded or unshaded, it’s a fun pattern to try. It resembles the official Zentangle® pattern TRIPOLI, but in a square kind of way, as you’ll see if you follow along.

First, begin with a square. Add a triangle on each side. Turn your tile 45 degrees in either direction and draw another square on the side of one of the triangles. Add a triangle to each of the remaining sides of the square. Turn your tile again, and repeat. If you keep turning in the same direction, circular or spiral patterns may form. I like to vary my direction and let the pattern “wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination.” That’s how Merriam-Webster defines meander—the inspiration for naming this pattern, and so zen! My choice of spelling is a combination of the names of two special people, Mindy and Andy. 
Merry Christmas, you two! Merry Christmas to you!

Disclaimer: If this pattern has appeared elsewhere as a tangle pattern, please let me know so that I can give full credit. 

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