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How to draw BATEEK

Zentangle pattern: BateekRecently I was browsing through a World Market flyer from the weekend newspaper (known locally as “the mullet wrapper”) and spotted an appealing line of hand painted dinnerware from their Asian Batik collection.

The dinnerware is decorated with Bales (a pattern seen very often on a wide variety of consumer products from rugs and pillows to … dinnerware) and another attractive pattern I’ve named Bateek (original, no?! ;-) ).

Update 08/10/2012: The Asian Batik dinnerware on the World Market website is no longer available but fortunately I had a picture in my files to share:

Asian Batik dinnerware from The World Market

Zentangle pattern: BateekI knew the pattern would be simple to deconstruct and I love how it looks. Dressed up with a little shading added, it also takes on a nice dimensional quality.

Below are my step-by-step instructions for drawing the Bateek tangle pattern.

The charm of this tangle is in not being too perfect with the lines radiating out from the center dot, as you will see by looking closely at the picture of the dinnerware. So in Step 4 if you draw the lines as radii (so to speak), not across the complete diameter you get that looser, casual effect.

Bateek is fun to draw and makes a good filler as well as a good border tangle. Warping the initial grid could produce some interesting effects too. Enjoy!

Steps for drawing the BATEEK Zentangle pattern


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