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How to draw LOOPLOPP

Zentangle pattern: LooploppAustralian Ksenija Vojisavljevic has come up with another great tangle pattern to add to our collection, and Looplopp comes from her love of all things related to stitching.

In a kindasorta way Looplopp reminds me of another basket-weave or woven cloth type of texture, the official Zentangle® pattern Keeko. But they definitely are not the same.

Ksenija also came up with four interesting variations based on simply changing the shape of the initial strokes. For my example I chose one of her Looplopp variations. I think the trick with this tangle is to focus on controlling your strokes so they’re as close to the same length as you can make them. I’d like more practice with this one and with some of the variations.

And BTW, there’s nothing wrong with practicing a tangle as many times as you like until you get a feel for it. Though true tangle patterns are all simple enough to do without preplanning, many of us weren’t born with a pen in our hand and sometimes we’ll want to practice until we develop a comfort level making strokes that don’t come naturally to us. One of my drawing challenges is judging proportion and drawing a tangle several (sometimes many) times helps me learn to see that better. Focus. Breathe. Take it slowly, Zentangle’s “one stroke at a time”. That “Ah-ha!” moment when the light bulb flashes is worth it. And the practice? Pure Zen-like fun.

Zentangle pattern: Looplopp, shading addedThere are several ways to go with shading Looplopp, including emphasizing the over-under parts which I tend to go for. Here’s what it looks like with the “background” simply filled in. Believe it or not I used a pencil for this but the scan came out pretty dark. In contrast to the well-worn pencils I like to use for shading, in this case a sharp pointy pencil was required to get in the corners.

Here are Ksenija’s steps by step instructions for drawing LoopLopp and her variations.

Steps for Ksenija Vojisavljevic's LOOPLOPP tangle pattern

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