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How to draw VEA

Zentangle pattern: Vea. 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.It’s Monday and of course that means it’s time for another super easy tangle to explore.

And as Saturday, July 21st, was Belgian National Day … the lovely Vea tangle is from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen, who writes:

I’m always on the hunt to find new tangles.

From the first of July, new collections of the winter fashion are already available and I have seen a lot of tangles in these clothes…

So I began to search different textiles and have found for the third time inspiration on a beautiful African textile.

I simplified a bit the pattern. With a little bit of imagination, you can recognize a kind of sea shell.

Shells remind me always of our holidays on the seaside. When we (my brother, sister and I) were kids, we spent every year a few weeks at the Belgian coast and I have nice memories of that time. Our mum used to protect us against the sun with a cream of Nivea from a blue box. I’m almost 64 years and this box still exists in the same form. When I think about the sea, I always see Nivea in front of me and that is why I chose the name VEA for this tangle.

I have two variations included and then the tangle looks completely different: more like little flags.

This is an uncomplicated tangle, looks cheerful and is easy to combine with other tangles.

In my composition on a tan tile, I have tried to create a bit of a sunny atmosphere with tangles that remind me at the beach: Molygon, Méringue, Shiraz, Festune and Vea.

I am often challenged in producing the smooth curves of Ria’s first step. Sometimes I get part the way through and my brain throws a different curve into the stroke or they turn out very uneven. What I’ve found is that placing a row of evenly spaced tiny dots such as I’ve shown here acts as a target for starting and stopping the elongated S shapes that create the regular wavy line — and plots the line in the direction you intend it to go. (When you look at Ria’s inspiration image, you can see an example of this on the fabric.) You could go further and place additional dots where the “waistline” of the S would be, then connect them with alternating C curves.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Vea here and she includes some variations to explore as well as featuring Vea in the pretty ZIA Zentangle tile she just described.

Zentangle pattern: Vea. How to draw the Zentangle pattern Vea, tangle and deconstruction by Ria Matheussen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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