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How to draw GINGO

Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Taiwan CZT Lisa Chang shares her Gingo tangle with us today.

Her abstract deconstruction of Ginkgo biloba leaves is her second tangle on the site.

Gingo is a sweet organic tangle that’s open to a variety of configurations and it’s so simple and pleasing to tangle. It “almost” shades itself where the strokes converge.

Ginkgo biloba on Wikipedia

By James Field (Jame) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

According to this article:

Ginkgo biloba is known as a “living fossil tree”. It is a mysterious tree old species. The ginkgo tree’s genetic line spans the Mesozoic era [an interval of geological time from about 252 to 66 million years ago] back to the Triassic period. Closely related species are thought to have existed for over 200 million years.

Also known as maidenhair-tree, the leaf shape and other vegetative organs are identical to fossils found in the United States, Europe, and Greenland. The contemporary ginkgo is cultivated and does not exist anywhere in the wild state.

… The Ginkgo leaf is fan-shaped and often compared to a “duck foot”. It is about 3 inches across with a notch dividing into 2 lobes (thus biloba). Numerous veins radiate out of the base with no midrib. The leaf has a beautiful fall yellow color.

Here is one of Lisa’s Gingo interpretations in a beautiful Renaissance tan Zendala tile with some wonderful dewdrops:

Lisa writes,

I was a music teacher who retired five years ago. After a busy teaching life, Zentangle® entered my life. My first tangle was Fe-Ba.

I really like the beauty of the curve, and I was waiting to find a curve-filled pattern.

The inspiration for this pattern is from Ginkgo Leaves, simple lines and repeating strokes, such elegant and organic beauty.

They can be separated or overlapped with each other, can be arranged in the same direction or at random.

In this lovely tile Lisa has connected Gingo in a Betweed-like fashion:

In this tile Lisa includes the Zentangle-original Printemps with some floating dewdrops/bubbles/orbs.

Lisa illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gingo below.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Gingo, tangle and deconstruction by Lisa Chang. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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9 comments to How to draw GINGO

  • Chrissie Frampton

    This is a nice tangle, I love the coloured inks on the tan Zendala.

  • Carl Johnson

    Wow! A very beautiful pattern, Lisa! Thank you! That round tile is gorgeous.

  • Brenda Urbanik

    I have been seeing this tangle a lot on social media recently and absolutely love it!

  • Nancy pearson

    Lisa thank you for sharing your Gingo. Your zendala with the dewdrops is amazing! I love how the leaves overlap. Very nice! Thank you!

  • Melena

    Lisa, I love love love this tangle. I love the flow to it. The examples of it on the 3 tiles are so wonderfully flowing – just the kind of tangle I like the best. I will be using this very soon. I also really like the Ginkgo tree, so this is is an especially nice tangle for me. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Lisa. And thank you Linda for posting it.

  • Elisabeth WALBRÖHL

    Ein hübsches Muster, was ich ähnlich schon seit Jahren verwende. Es ist eine gute Idee die vier Blätter miteinander zu verbinden. Die Adern sind übrigens Nadeln, die zusammengewachsen sind. Der Ginkgo ist ein Urzeitbaum.

    A pretty pattern, which I use similar for years. It’s a good idea to join the four sheets together. Incidentally, the veins are needles that have grown together. The ginkgo is a primeval tree.

  • Lisa Chang

    Thank you very much for all of encouragement and nice comments.

  • Karin

    Dear Lisa. I am a great fan of your work and I love both of your tangles Gingo and Fe-ba. Gingo is such an elegant tangle. I will most certainly play with it. Warm regards, Karin CZT Belgium

  • I love GINGO. Your Zendalas are spectacular. Thank you!

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