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How to draw BALO

Zentangle pattern: BaloAt first glance when I received CZT Hsin-Ya Hsu’s Balo tangle for consideration I thought it was Florida CZT Vicki Bassett’s Fandango.

However on closer study I realized they are two different patterns. Similar, but not the same.

Hsin-Ya’s inspiration for Balo was this pretty beaded bracelet, which she then deconstructed for us to draw as a tangle.

Hsin-Ya's inspiration for her BALO tangle pattern

Zentangle® co-founder Rick Roberts writes,

“Drawn as a tangle” means that you repeat a series of elemental strokes in a certain structured way so you inevitably end up with a particular pattern without needing to know what the pattern you are creating is supposed to look like.

Usually the number of elemental strokes needed are 3 or less. Often, you only need one or two. By “elemental strokes” we mean a dot, a straight(-ish) line, a curve (like a parenthesis), a reverse curve (like an “S”), and an orb or circle.

It also has to be done without any underlying pencil structure or preplanned grid.

Hsin-Ya illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Balo below.

Zentangle pattern: Balo

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And here she features Balo in a lovely piece of Zentangle-inspired art (ZIA) with several other familiar tangle patterns.

ZIA by CZT Hsin-Ya Hsu featuring BALO

Check out the tag hsinyah for more of Hsin-Ya’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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