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How to draw ESPE

Zentangle pattern: Espe. 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.Here we are at the last long weekend of the Summer with the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

As I write this now, in Florida I think everyone is in a nervous state of anxiety and disruption as we monitor the threatening track of a potential Category 4 Hurricane Dorian.

The current forecast track loop as of 11 AM Eastern today (Friday, August 30) puts the eye of the hurricane coming ashore almost directly on our doorstep in Palm Beach County then heading inland and north towards Orlando — the track is always subject to change.

Currently we are expecting Tropical Storm force winds (~ 70 mph) to arrive here late Sunday night before the Category 4 force winds (sustained winds of 130–156 mph / 209–251 km/h) arrive sometime late on Monday or early Tuesday.

In the meantime Robert and I are making what physical hurricane preparations we can {mentally, it’s a challenge}, and are preparing for the very real possibility we’ll need to take ourselves out of harm’s way as soon as we can. As always keeping an eye on the Hurricane Center advisories at 5 and 11 AM/PM to get a better picture of what might transpire. Just as unclear as what the actual “strike zone” of the storm is right now, what lies ahead for us is full of uncertainties at this point.

Here’s a question for you: what would you pack right this minute if you learn you have to leave your home within 24 hours and you have no idea what condition it will be in or if your home will still be there when you return? This is but one of the questions many Floridians are dealing with today.

Prayers for everyone in Dorian’s path, it could be a monster.

BTW: it could well be a few days before I can respond to emails. Your patience is appreciated!

On a much lighter, and very pretty note …

Espe is our last tangle for the month of August, it has some lovely curvy lines to tangle and it comes from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen.

It has been a couple of months since we’ve explored one of Ria’s tangles, she made an effort to take the summer off. She writes,

We had a hot and dry summer but now it is very comfortable: temperatures are still nice but the evenings and the nights are much cooler.

A beautiful coloured Autumn is coming, my favorite season. I love the smell of the woods after the rain and will make lots of walks to stay in a good condition. During the summer it is too hot and I prefer to stay inside during the hottest hours…

On hot days, I have drawn a lot, lovely music in the background, a cool drink beside me and two little doggies at my feet.

The tangle I have found is Espe. The translation of mirror in Portugese is Espelho. I chose this name because this easy pattern is based on a picture of an Art Deco Mirror:

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Espe below, “I have made a Zendala with Espe as a border and inside you will recognize Tipple and Toodles. I admit that I like Espe, especially drawn in the round.” I agree with Ria, it’s lovely as a ribbon-style tangle and it’s especially pretty in the round.

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

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24 comments to How to draw ESPE

  • Georgayne Appleton

    Linda I worked/ volunteered for Red Cross disaster services for years and this was what we gave out to folks in areas affected by hurricanes. However, this can work for an “all disaster” way too. Be safe and good thoughts from the midwest, formerly from Houston, TX
    https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Hurricane/Hurricane.pdf

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks for your thoughts, Georgayne. Most appreciated!

      We have lived in Florida for almost 40 years and have been through many of these now but they never get easier to deal with. Andrew was our first experience of evacuating and we gained a lot of wisdom from that one. Much has changed in the years since in terms of general public awareness and we see people getting prepared a lot earlier than they used to. Retailers are much more prepared too, for example extra pallets of drinking water supplies are everywhere and they are kept stocked up. Hope your download can help others too! Thanks again.

  • Gail Minichiello

    Stay safe! Hoping the intensity decreases before it hits your area.

  • Wanda

    As a former Florida resident, I know how hard it can be waiting for the weather to arrive. Wishing you safe and sound through this one. Sending good thoughts your way.

  • Ann Stapleton

    Beautiful tangle Thanks for sharing Stay safe!

  • Linda Dochter CZT

    Lovely tangle. I also enjoy the sample tile with its “nest of Toodles”

    For those in the path of the storm, don’t try to second guess nature. Stay safe.

  • Joan Stark

    Thank you Ria. This is a wonderful tangle– I must admit that I see little kitty-cats hiding amongst the Espe!

    Linda, do your best to stay safe. Remember that we can live for a while without a new tangle– (most of us, lol). Do let us know how you fare. Don’t feel pressured to get a tangle out. We will understand. <3

    • Yes, I agree with you, Espe looks a bit like little kitty-cats… I started to draw after seeing the mirror and this is the result, it was not on purpose, it just appeared in that way on my paper. I hope you will enjoy it and I thank you for your kind comment!

  • I just saw the news on TV and also here in Belgium, Florida and the hurricane is a topic. I hope Dorian will be slow down in the next days and would not bring damage or victims on monday. Thank you Linda for your post and publishing Espe, especially now at those difficults moments. Take care and stay safe!

  • Joyce Bruns

    Ria, this is such a cute tangle, I love it! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Barb Saunders

    Please stay safe. Will be thinking of you.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Breathing big sighs of relief this morning with the latest track projections. Although we aren’t out of the woods yet, we are no longer the target. Given the size of the wind field we could still get winds and rain later in the week and we are now all prepared for that. No thoughts of evacuation now, thank goodness!! There’s no place like home. Many thanks for your thoughts and emails, yesterday in particular was a very nervous time.

  • Barbara Saunders

    What a relief!

  • Bram

    nice pattern Ria, not too difficult, but beautiful nevertheless, lovely

    • Ik wist dat je dit patroontje leuk zou vinden en vind het fijn dat je me dit langs deze weg laat weten. Dank je wel Bram!

      Google Translate: I knew that you would like this pattern and I would like you to let me know this way. Thank you, Bram!

  • Karin CZT Belgium

    What an elegant beautiful tangle. Thank you Ria. Will be playing with it this week. Love, Karin

  • Jody Genovese

    Ria,
    You have captured the essence of that mirror so amazingly. What a beautiful scrolled edge this makes for literally anything.
    I appreciate all of the tangle patterns you continue to share with us. Thank you so much.
    Hope everyone in Dorian’s path is safe.

    • There are already so many patterns and still it is possible to discover new ones. Immediately when I saw the mirror, I had a pattern in my head. It is a very easy one but pleasant to draw and I hope you can use it some day. Thank you very much for your kind feedback.

  • Jan Brandt, CZT

    Ria, this is a gorgeous new pattern!! Thank you so much! I love it in the round. I also added an interior, reversed circle and that’s wonderful too. ?

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