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How to draw B-LEAF

Zentangle pattern: B-Leaf. 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.As you might recall from my commentary of years past, Labor Day marks the peak of our hurricane season. It’s a day on the calendar we Floridians keep an eye on as the Atlantic Ocean has been heating up all summer long.

While we escaped a Labor Day storm this year, a hurricane watch is on with Hurricane Florence this week. This worrisome storm is currently headed towards the East Coast, particularly the Carolinas, by the end of this week.

Today is the first “anniversary” of Hurricane Irma, “the costliest storm in the history of the U.S. state of Florida” which made landfall through The Keys and traveled all the way up the middle of the state a year ago.

We have not-so-fond memories of being enclosed in the dark for hours while the wind howled and the rain blew sideways but we were very fortunate and escaped major damage in our neighborhood. It’s easy to move on in our lives but in Irma’s aftermath many thousands of folks are still trying to recover “normal” in their lives, particularly in the very hard-hit Florida Keys. The after-effects linger on for a long time and recovery can be frustratingly slow.

So, prayers and fingers crossed for everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence.

B-Leaf is a fitting thought this week and it’s another lovely tangle to explore from Spanish tangler Tomàs Padrós.

Tomàs writes,

I have enjoyed a vacation time. I have moved away from the noise and stress of the big city to take refuge in the countryside.

In this natural environment, B-Leaf emerged. Reminds me a piece of cloth or a pair of twisted leaves. Hence the name.

The B of B-Leaf is pronounced the same as the Greek prefix Bi which means two or double.

Belief also means faith, trust, and that requires a conversion, a change of orientation, a turn to look in a new direction. I like this concept. Trust is a beautiful and powerful humanizing experience. 

This pattern is quite versatile. It can be used in isolated units but also as a ribbon and as an ogee grid pattern. It also admits many possible variations of decoration that allows adapting it to the taste of each one.

Tomàs’s illustrations of B-Leaf as a single motif, as a ribbon tangle, and as an ogee grid tangle.

Tomàs has provided three separate sets of step-by-step instructions for drawing B-Leaf, each with its own lovely tile. In this first set of a free-form style B-Leaf, I love all the twisty variations Tomàs demonstrates on the “isolated units” in his tile.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern B-Leaf, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

In this second set of steps Tomàs demonstrates how to tangle B-Leaf as a ribbon-style tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern B-Leaf, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights.

And lastly in this third set of steps Tomàs illustrates how to tangle B-Leaf in an ogee-grid style tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern B-Leaf, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights.

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17 comments to How to draw B-LEAF

  • another lovely organic pattern, thank you very much Tomàs!

  • Heidi Whitney

    Oh yay! I love leaf tangles. This one is graceful and flowing.

  • Wendolin

    Lovely pattern. I have collected a number of patterns by Tomas, and am of fan of his “style.”

  • Sharon Jerkovic CZT31

    This is beautiful, Tomas !! Thank you so much for your constant creations that never seem to stop, and to Linda for sharing with all of us !!!

  • Oh Tomas, I’m always delighted to find another of your tangles to play with! I’m impressed with the versatility of this one. Your 3 variations offer so MANY suggestions for how, when and where to incorporate B-Leaf into a Zentangle drawing. Thank you!!

  • Beth Snoderly

    Such a lovely tangle! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Thank you for another winning tangle, Tomas. I am intrigued by the slight offset you use to draw the grid and look forward to trying it with other ogee grid tangles. (Search on Tangle Patterns as “Tangles by Type – Ogee Grid.”

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Another easy search option is to click the live “ogee grid” link listed as “Tags” which (for every tangle) you’ll find in the gray-colored publication date bar at the end of the post just above the comments section …

  • Melena

    I’m with Jan Brandt on this one – I’m always delighted with your tangles too. That Ogee Grid style on the tile reminds me of a Calla Lily. So nice that you had some vacation time. We all need to relax and enjoy more often. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Sharon Wrench

    Beautiful Tangle! Thank you for Sharing.

  • Jody Genovese

    Tomas, yet another amazing pattern. I’m such a huge fan of all of your work. Thank you for all of your inspirations and the thoughtful way you present them. Can’t wait to give this one a try.

  • Tomàs Padrós

    En primer lugar, gracias a Linda Farmer por su maravilloso trabajo y consideraciones, y gracias a todos por sus amables y alentadoras palabras. Estoy muy agradecido. Sí, Malena, pensé en Calla Lily también.

  • Tomàs Padrós

    First of all, thanks to Linda Farmer for her wonderful work and considerations, and thanks all for you kind and encouraging words. I’m very grateful. Yes, Malena, I though in Calla Lily too.

  • Mary D'Angelo

    Fluid and versatile! Thank you! Mary

  • nancy olevia pearson

    Linda – I love Tomas Padros and have played with so many of his tangles. I really like your version of B-Leaf as well. May the people of the Carolinas be safe. Hope this storm weakens for them. Today is also, the Anniversary of September 11. May we always remember and never forget this day. May our young children and grandchildren also be taught of this horrific tragedy in our history. Even though we live in a crazy political world right now I hope we can instill in them patriotism and the knowledge that they live in the greatest country in the world.

    Thank you, Linda, for all you do. I appreciate you so much! Nancy

  • This will be fun. Can see me adding fall colors to it as somewhat reminds me of our aspen leaf’s that are so golden this time of year.

  • Susan Jaffe

    Thank you for this beautiful message and my prayers are with all during the hurricane Florence!
    I found this very inspirational to start the day!??

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