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How to draw NO-NO

Zentangle pattern: No-No. Image © Linda Farmer and 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’s cool new tangle is from German tangler Indrani Novello and it’s her first on the site.

Indrani named her tangle No-No, which “came about playing with the initials of a friend. Basically it is alternating rows of capital N’s with capital O’s, with the O’s hanging off the bottom triangles of the N’s. I think it makes for a pretty, versatile pattern, which can serve either as a ribbon or a wider layer.

Here she tells us a little about herself,

I live in Düsseldorf, Germany and I discovered Zentangle about 2 years ago in the form of a book. I have been having lots of fun with it since then, creating tiles and even doing some ZIA etchings, etc.

I have found it to be a great way to relax and also to while away time on long-haul flights, or in waiting-rooms, etc.

I love how you can create something beautiful without the fear of a big empty canvas.

Did you know that Düsseldorf has been ranked as the world’s 6th best city for quality of living? You can read more here on Wikipedia.

No-No uses what I’ve called a “channel grid” as its base strokes. For my example of No-No, I inked it a little differently from the way Indrani shows in her steps. There are many ways you can fill this one, and if you were to reverse a row or two of N’s (literally, making the N’s backwards so the down stroke goes from right to left instead of left to right), you get a rather interesting variation.

Indrani illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing No-No below and features it in a tile with some Zentangle®-originals.

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In this pretty tile Indrani highlights No-No with a touch of color.

Renaissance Tan tile

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7 comments to How to draw NO-NO

  • Paula Commander


    This is really pretty. I’m still learning, but I always find everyone’s posts so encouraging. Thank you for sharing this.

    Paula Commander

  • Hannah Rottman

    Thank you. It is a very nice Tangle. I am new at this but love to try the patterns. My great-grandfather came from Dusseldorf in 1860. The world is a small place and the world of Zentangle is really interconnected!
    Hannah Rottman

  • joyce

    This is a really cool tangle, Indrani, thank you for sharing it. To me, it looks sort of like a tribal design, which I love. Especially like it with the colors you used, so thanks again for sharing!!

  • Sally Q.

    It’s lovely. Thank you for posting these.

  • Melena

    This is a very nice tangle. I was playing with it today and came up with some other ways of shading it. I can see it being a wonderful border, or a ribbon through other tangles, or…….on and on. 😀 I love the tile you did with the colors. It reminds me of a tribal design also. I will have fun with this one. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Indrani

    Thanks everyone for the positive feedback!I am sooo psyched to have a pattern of mine published here! I hope all of you have lots of fun with it!

  • Martina H.

    Indrani=Love this pattern! Reminds me of a border on a beautiful Indian print bedspread. Kepp on tangling!

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