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How to draw MARIPOSA

Zentangle pattern: Mariposa. 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’s lovely Mariposa tangle is Texas tangler Viveca Chenoweth’s first on the site.

As with Friday’s 1/2 Orbs tangle, Mariposa looks somewhat complicated but is constructed with just a few simple steps.

Viveca has gone to the trouble of sending us two ways to draw Mariposa, and I used the basic grid version for my example.

She writes,

I am relatively new to Zentangle®, but have always been interested in ways to express my creativity through art, crafting, photography, and my former career as a 2nd grade teacher.  

I discovered Zentangle in April of 2015 and have been hooked ever since, tangling almost daily or studying books and videos to improve my art, since I’ve never had any formal art training.

It’s true what they say about patterns being everywhere, and recently I noticed the backdrop at my church. I studied it for a couple of weeks, and finally was able to deconstruct a basic pattern, that I embellished just a bit.  

I called it Mariposa, because once it is finished, it looks a bit like a butterfly or a Spanish tile. It can be drawn on its own, but was meant to be set in an ogee grid, by flip-flopping the pattern along curved lines. It looks best when the tips of the “flower” meet along the grid.  

I think the regular grid would be easier for most people, and the design ends up making it’s own ogee grid when it’s finished. I personally prefer the ogee grid version, just because I thought the design looked more elegant without the grid behind it, but either one works.

When the design is drawn larger, than smaller, it gives more space for variations.

Viveca illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Mariposa using the ogee grid she prefers and features it in a simple monotangle.

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In these steps she shows how to draw Mariposa with the basic grid as I used for my example.

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Image copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate the tangles from this site in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to any page. However the artists and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

This is Viveca’s Zentangle tile with Mariposa and a touch of color for a ZIA.

mariposa-tile-viveca-chenoweth

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14 comments to How to draw MARIPOSA

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Hi Viveca! Really great pattern! Congratulations! WIll try it… Jutta

  • This is a very nice pattern, I like it very much and I’m going to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Paula Commander

    Thank you for this. It makes me think of early spring flowers.

  • Mary

    Beautiful, graceful design. Thank you for sharing.

  • Melena

    Beautiful tangle, Viveka. I can’t wait to try it! I like both variations. The 2nd one on a square grid reminds me of ceramic tiles. The ogee grid at the top is very flowing. Hmmmm, guess I’ll try both! 🙂

    • Melena

      I have tried both variations now. I love them both. I have to say I like the square grid just a bit more because it reminds me of Spanish tiles. I can see this done on a Renaissance tile with brown and black microns with some white charcoal highlights.

      Another reason to love this one (for me, anyway) is that there is a very beautiful California Native flower – the Mariposa Lily, which is also named after the butterfly.

  • Jane Ellen

    How did I miss this one? Point me in the right direction please, perhaps a date it was published?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      The date for every post is included on its page in the bar below the post content and just above the comments, the date bar also includes the live tags for each tangle. Hope that helps!

  • Jane Ellen

    Oh, heavens. I finally found it. Thanks Linda for the map to thr right place!
    Lovely, really delicate, sort of wispy. Thank you Viveca.

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    Wow, this is a really nice pattern… I love it and have drawn it about a dozen times so far. Thank you so much for including the ogee version and the square grid versions. I have always been intimidated by ogee grids, could never get one to work right, they always turned out a mess. But looking at your step-outs really helped, and now I can actually draw an ogee grid and it works!
    Thanks for the really nice pattern and the instructions.

  • Lara

    I just love this one..it is so pretty!

  • Jan Brandt, CZT

    Because of your excellent stepout for this pretty pattern, Viveca, I’ve just discovered how much easier it is for me to draw an ogee grid horizontally than vertically! For that I thank you!! And your deconstruction of this tangle makes it so easy to draw a double ogee without realizing you’ve done so … brilliant. 😀 Thanks for sharing this lovely, organic tangle!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Wow! I didn`t know there was so much we could learn about drawing ogees!
    Above are two new ways (for me!) One has no grid and one offsets the ogee by half a square. I have used a grid that is part of the pattern but will now try the other two methods. Thank you, Viveca, and thank you Linda, for offering us all these wonderful opportunities to learn!

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