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How to draw OLÉ

Zentangle pattern: OléToday is my tangling Mom’s 85th Birthday, Olé Olé Olé! Happy Birthday across the miles, Mom!! And here’s to many, many more XOXOXO

This beautiful tangle pattern comes to us from California tangler, Barbara Finwall. Barbara has previously shared her 4 Corners tangle with us and also several Strings. Barbara writes that years ago there was a Mexican gift shop in Los Angeles named “Olé” and it was the inspiration for her tangle’s name.

To me Olé is reminiscent of Mexican pottery designs and it’s another tangle that starts with the concept of a “grid seed“.

Here Barbara illustrates not one but three different ways to draw her lovely tangle pattern. I tried all three and used the third method for my example but I am still practicing this one to get the lovely curvy-shaped petals of Barbara’s examples. I switched from the 01 Micron to an 05 to fill in the black as that nib seems to stand up better for large areas of ink.

How to draw OLÉ by Barbara Finwall

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Here Barbara features Olé in a lovely completed Zentangle® that also includes a fine rendition of the official tangle Dex.

Zentangle by Barbara Finwall

Check out the tag barbaraf for more of Barbara’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

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7 comments to How to draw OLÉ

  • Sharon Wrench

    This is a bright chearful pattern! I grew up in the San Diego, CA area and enjoyed visiting Old Town. The designs used in the pottery are beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a pretty pattern. It does make you feel like saying “Olé!” I wish your mom many more birthdays!

  • Jan Brandt, CZT

    Barbara, I love this pattern and all its variations! Although simple and easy to draw, it is so pleasing to the eye. Your tile using 2 versions, different sizes, is gorgeous! What’s the name of the pattern in the top right? Love that too. :)

  • Bonnie House

    I like the OLE tangle. I like how you can do different ways with it. I like the BISCUS design also. I am going to try theses.

  • Jennifer Hohensteiner

    Very, very pretty and it also looks like a lot of fun to draw. I hope to try it soon!

  • Being a newcomer to Zentangle this pattern is nice and easy for me to get started with. A friend introduced me to this wonderful creativity group and I have to say I am hooked!

  • Karen Cross

    this is a very unique pattern & its very simple.(:

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