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How to draw ALOHA

Zentangle pattern: Aloha. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Today is Earth Day, now in its 46th year:

“It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.”

In a nod to the occasion today we have an “organic” tangle, Aloha, from CZT Suzanne Fluhr of Philadelphia PA.

When Suzanne was visiting Hawaii recently she noted the decorative pattern of an attractive wall sconce, then later proceeded to deconstruct her interpretation of it so it could be drawn as a tangle.

‘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 … ~ Zentangle blog

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Aloha here on her blog and includes a photo of the inspiration for her tangle. In her Zentangle® tiles she shows several ways to use and vary her tangle.

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours.

Check out the tag suzannef for more of Suzanne’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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