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How to draw PRINTEN

Zentangle pattern: Printen. 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.Today we have another easy grid-based tangle to explore.

Printen is from German tangler Indrani Novello and it’s her eighth tangle on the site. Most recently Indrani shared her Surya tangle with us.

She writes,

“‘Printen’ came about on a trip to Aachen.

That city is not only famous for its Charlemagne-built cathedral and historic City Hall, but also for a special kind of Christmas gingerbread called ‘Printe’ (Printen is the plural).

Printen is often decorated with almonds and candied cherries, as well as chocolate or just plain icing.

Always eager to explore without having to pack a bag, I went on an internet visit to Aachen starting with Wikipedia. Aachen is not only known for its spa springs, incredible architecture and ancient history, by contrast it is also a technologically advanced city …

Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany, located near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 61 km (38 mi) west south west of Cologne in a former coal-mining area.

One of Germany’s leading institutes of higher education in technology, the RWTH Aachen University, is located in the city.

Aachen’s industries include science, engineering and information technology. In 2009, Aachen was ranked eighth among cities in Germany for innovation.

The location has been inhabited by humans since the Neolithic era, about 5,000 years ago, attracted to its warm mineral springs.

And then interested to find out what I could about Printen, I fell down a whole new huge rabbit hole when I checked out traditional German pastries. That took a pot of tea to explore! No additional calories were consumed. {Yet.}

Printen is soothing to tangle and it has lots of possibilities for exploration and variation. Printen borrows in part from the Zentangle-original ‘Nzeppel in the way it traces around the original shape as in Step 2 below. This is sometimes now referred to as ‘nzeppeling.

Indrani illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Printen below where she also includes some easy variations to explore. Indrani’s tile also features some additional ribbon-style tangles including Adam Roades’s Ovy and Margaret Bremner’s Copada.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Printen, tangle and deconstruction by Indrani Novello. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw PRINTEN

  • Thanks for a fun share, Brought back a Christmas memorie from over 45 or 46 years ago of a trip to Germany and eating a gingerbread cookie that looked exactly like this. Long before I even know about zentangle and all the patterns in the world we are all coming up with.

  • Indrani Novello

    Thank you, Linda, for posting my pattern here! And, ha, glad to have led you down some new exploring paths with Aachen and its Printen.
    Yes, we Germans are quite fond (and proud) of our huge variety of pastries. You should come and try them some time!

    I hope everyone enjoys this pattern, have fun playing with it.

  • Joyce Bruns

    Indrani, this is a great tangle. Thank you for sharing it with us. I love a grid tangle, so I really appreciate this one.

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