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How to draw TRIPOLI

Zentangle pattern: Tripoli. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.What fun! Zentangle® originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas have just added a new tangle pattern named Tripoli, so called because its main form is a three-sided polygon.

Its basic structure is a malleable tessellation, but tripoli takes things a bit further. It’s not just tiling adjacent triangles – a delightful tangle in itself – but what you then do within and between those triangles that yields amazingly different and fun results.” Maria illustrates several variations for embellishing the triangles and after trying out several of them I chose this variation for my example.

As they point out in their tips for drawing Tripoli, it’s important to keep consistent spacing between the triangles. Hmm, I could use more practice at that. Tripoli is a fun challenge to draw and its variations really do produce amazingly different results. Shading adds an eye-catching finishing touch.

Maria’s step-by-step instructions for drawing the Tripoli tangle are here.

Tripoli makes its first appearance in a Zentangle tile here on the blog in April 2011.

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Update 01/18/2014: CZT Anya Lothrop (Germany) posted this tutorial with her tips on an alternate way to draw Tripoli that helps a great deal with the spacing issue. Check it out!

Update 09/12/2016: Tangler Mariet Lustenhower has posted a reference chart of 22 ways to embellish Tripoli.

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5 comments to How to draw TRIPOLI

  • Molly Zautner

    Ifollowed the tessellation link and then the wallpaper group link . . . and my-oh-my !!!! so many possibilities for tangles. while so many are precise and structured, how wonderful they would be hand-drawn !! love the linking – molly z.

  • When I first started working with Tripoli I struggled with maintaining the triangle size and spacing. I had a light bulb moment where it all clicked, but in reading other blog posts I was seeing a lot of comments that others were having some of the same struggles in working the pattern. I shared what I was doing with a couple other bloggers. With some positive feedback – one thing led to another ending with a post on my blog of a more detailed description of the layout for Tripoli. The post is here: http://tinyurl.com/6ex5jz3

  • Ninna

    I think it is difficult to draw this. Do you have any tutorial at drawing Tripoli? I cant really get the triangles and spaces right 🙁

  • Martha

    Thank you to Anya for solving my problem with Tripoli. I was coming close, but your step-out helps!
    Martha

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