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How to draw MAZORITO

Zentangle pattern: Mazorito. 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.Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen shares another very easy and quite wonderful tangle with us today.

Mazorito is our second tangle this week to be inspired by a tattoo – or a Tatu. And Mazorito makes an even dozen tangles on the site from Ria.

Ria writes, “At the moment, it is better to stay in the house during the day, just too hot. We are not used to these tropical temperatures, so now there is much time to tangle and to surf.”

While she was surfing Ria saw an image of a Maori tattoo on YouTube and began doing a little digging into Maori art. 

Here’s a tidbit about Maori tattoos that I sure didn’t know:

Ta moko, often referred to as Maori tattoo, is the traditional permanent marking of the body and face by Maori. But ta moko is distinct from tattoo in that the skin is carved by uhi (chisels) instead of being punctured with needles. This leaves the skin with textured grooves, rather than the smooth surface of a normal tattoo. ~ Maori.com

All righty then … Ria explains her tangle and its origins:

“Thanks to your site, we all have the opportunity to admire different countries, architectures and cultures. I’m always curious to discover something new. We have already seen patterns with influences of Asia, Africa, America, Australia, Europe and for this tangle I found Inspiration in the Maori culture of New Zealand.

Zentangle® art connects us all and that is why I called this new pattern Mazorito (Maori, Zentangle, Tattoo.)

The Maori people create beautiful art (for example, wooden carvings, jewels, paintings…) The artists love fluid, curly lines.

But they are also known for their famous tattoo’s. I found inspiration in this image (4th row).

Maori art examples

It looks very familiar and at first instance I thought immediately of Verve, so I decided to make a few changes and here is the result.

As you can see, Mazorito can be used as a border (in a square but also wavy or in a circle) and again a lot of variations are possible…

This is not a difficult tangle but you have to focus well, especially in the beginning. It is very important to draw the tipples on the same distances and it can help to place little dots in the middle… It is also recommended to turn your tile for step 4.”

As rugby fans around the world well know, the New Zealand All Blacks‘ fearsome Maori haka dance is probably as famous as Maori art and culture. In looking at the reference images, it is so interesting to me to see how similar to Celtic motifs they are. I’m guessing a deeper dive into New Zealand’s history could explain that observation, but I’ll save that one for another time.

Zentangle pattern: Mazorito. 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.For my main example of Mazorito above I added the white dots in the center of the black ribbons with a White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. On the right is the “before” image and now I’m not sure which I prefer – they’re both pretty!

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Mazorito below. She shows us several ways to vary this sweet tangle and how beautifully it works in the round on her gorgeous black Zendala tile, “Here, I have made a combination with Mazorito, Tipple, Msst and Munchin and Crescent Moon.

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

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