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How to draw AFRICAN ARTIST

Zentangle pattern: African Artist. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved.African Artist gets its name from Swiss CZT Tina Hunziker’s inspiration — a piece of African fabric. Tina wanted to honor the artists in Africa with her tangle pattern.

Africans are known for many types of art including wonderful carvings in exotic woods and beautiful handmade jewelry as well as a wide range of gorgeous fabrics.

African fabrics include the widely known woven mud cloth (hand made cloth dyed with fermented mud), as well as Batik (wax resist dyeing), Tie Dye (familiar resist dyeing technique), and Brocade (shuttle-woven fabrics, usually silk) just to name a few.

These highly sought-after fabrics are known for their beautiful colors, traditional patterns and rich symbolism, like Ghanian Adrinkra symbols for example.

Anthony Boakye prints an adinkra cloth with a calabash stamp in Ntonso, Ghana. "NtonsoAdinkra" by ArtProf - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NtonsoAdinkra.jpg#/media/File:NtonsoAdinkra.jpg

Anthony Boakye prints an adinkra cloth with a calabash stamp in Ntonso, Ghana. Photo credit: “NtonsoAdinkra” by ArtProf – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

This is a collection of calabash stamps ready for use in printing Adrinka cloth. If you search Google for “african fabric symbols” and click on the images link, you’ll learn a whole bunch of interesting things by following the image links.

"AdinkraCalabashStamps" by ArtProf - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AdinkraCalabashStamps.jpg#/media/File:AdinkraCalabashStamps.jpg

“AdinkraCalabashStamps” by ArtProf – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AdinkraCalabashStamps.jpg#/media/File:AdinkraCalabashStamps.jpg

Little did you know you’d learn so much from a tangle’s inspiration! 🙂

Tina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing African Artist here on her blog. If you take a good close look at her lovely Zendala and Zentangle® tile examples (click on the image), Tina shows us several ways we can vary her tangle.

Check out the tag tinah for more of Tina’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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