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How to draw ZEPPO

Zentangle pattern: Zeppo. 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.Welcome to the first Monday tangle of 2019!

Holidays behind us, we happily return to whatever passes for “normal” in our lives and a brand new year of possibilities …

Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen gets our new year’s adventures underway with another sweet tangle inspired by tasty food. This has zero calories or carbs.

A few weeks ago we had QuaSahnt followed by Momo. Today we have Ria’s fun and easy Zeppo!

Zeppo is somewhat similar to CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Bubbles tangle but with a whole lot more personality. Tastier too 🙂

Ria introduces Zeppo:

Unexpectedly, the American Donut inspired me to create a new tangle.

Who doesn’t know this famous little pastry? In almost every country we can find some family: in Belgium and France, we call them “Beignets”. This variation is often filled with fruit, potatoes or meat. In the Netherlands it is a tradition to eat “oliebollen” on the last day of the year. In Berlin they have their “Berliner Bol” and in South Africa you can find “vetkoek”. I’m sure I have forgotten to mention several countries but the nicest name is given by the Italians: Zeppole and so I gave this new tangle the name Zeppo.

As you can see in the steps, I started with two circles, one big and one smaller inside. It is necessary to use a bit of black inside the inner circle to become a kind of “hole”, where you can look through. Zeppo can be drawn regular or irregular and you can draw something else behind like strokes, perfs or as in my example Nipa. On my composition you also see CO2 and Pebble Flowers.

I hope you like this “delicious” tangle with nice memories and thoughts of little guilty pleasures for lots of us.

Donut aficionados around the world are devotees of the Canadian hockey player Tim Horton’s famous now-international franchise, Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop. The “holes” at Tim Hortons are the “bite size morsels” known as Timbits®. Mmmmmmm …

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zeppo below where she includes both the regular and irregular forms she described above. For my example I used an irregular version – or maybe someone nibbled a few Zeppo from the plate 😉

Ria notes that “Every ‘donut’ is always surrounded by 6 little tipples, as well in the regular form as in the irregular version. The little tipples make the connections between the different ‘donuts’, they always are a lot smaller than the ‘donuts’ themselves.

How to draw the tangle pattern Zeppo, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Ria Matheussen.

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13 comments to How to draw ZEPPO

  • Joyce Bruns

    This is cute, Ria, thank you for sharing it. And Linda, thank you for posting it.

    I do love donuts, I really really really do!!

    • Thank you so much Joyce for this nice compliment. I’m glad you like this new pattern and hope you will enjoy it. Anyway, I always enjoy eating a donut (especially filled with apples or pineappleslices)

  • Robert

    Weer een mooie tangle Ria.

  • Bunny Wright

    This is fun! I love how the pieces fit together. It reminds me of the toy that consisted of round scored plastic balls that fit together that my boys used to build with. Thanks for a fun tangle!

  • Thank you very much Bunny for your kind comment. Indeed, thanks to the 6 repeated little “Tipples”the “Donuts” fit together. It is pleasant to read that this pattern reminds you to a game of your sons. I hope you will enjoy Zeppo!

  • Wonton

    Ria, this is so cool. I have a love/hate relationship with tangles composed of a bunch of circles. I find them so challenging because I get stuck trying to make the circles perfectly round, but I’m sooo drawn to them that they find their way into my work frequently. I know I should relax and allow imperfections, but I can’t control my need for perfect circles. Lol Thanks so much for you lovely contribution!

  • Thank you very much Wonton. I hope you will enjoy drawing this tangle. As you said, you have to allow imperfections,I know that is difficult sometimes but there is no need to draw everything in a perfect way, on the contrary, artisanal handwork is always pretty and worth to admire. I wish you many beautiful relaxing moments while tangling…

  • Thank you very much Linda for adding Zeppo on tanglepatterns. You made a wonderful presentation with all those usefull links!!!
    I like your intepretation of my tangle very much; the little black spaces between the tipples give Zeppo just that tiny bit more.
    I’m very grateful to have seen Zeppo popping up already on challenges!

  • Jody Genovese

    Ria this is a super clever tangle. I didn’t realize until I started to draw, but the interconnect with the perfs is really ingenious. I can see using this quite a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melena

    I’m finally catching up, Ria. Zeppo really intrigues me. I will be trying this today. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Hi Melena, as you can see, Zeppo can be drawn in different ways but I do like the way Linda did. She added a little more black than I did between the different “Donuts”. Thank you for your nice comment and I wish you a lot of pleasant tanglemoments!

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