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How to draw ROUCHE

Zentangle pattern: Rouche. 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.This lovely tangle pattern, Rouche, is from new tangler Rose Brown and it’s her first on the site.

I’m new to the art of Zentangle®, but I’m definitely a quick disciple! I started [Rouche] thinking about Chinese lanterns and Christmas ornaments – very stream of consciousness, kind of like Zentangles themselves. It ended up being reminiscent of ribbons and fabric, all twisted together and winding around themselves, which I was happy about. It really just emerged as I continued to work on it.

Zentangle pattern: Rouche. 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.In this example you can see that Rouche looks equally interesting from a different angle. It’s a very versatile tangle and I really enjoyed drawing it, especially the swirly ribbon bits. Rouche would make a great monotangle with all its possibilities for shading and fills.

Rose writes,

I’m a life long resident of Massachusetts where I live with my husband and daughter. I have always been a doodler – it is what helps me concentrate. When my mother introduced me to Zentangle, it was so reminiscent of how my doodling has worked, it was a natural flow for me to move into the more ‘structured’ method of tangling. I love pen and ink drawing, and discovering Zentangle has been a terrific creative outlet for me.

Thank you so much Rose, for pointing out just one of the ways the practice of Zentangle is so different from doodles. 🙂

Here are Rose’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Rouche and her Zentangle featuring her tangle.

Steps for drawing Rose Brown's Rouche tangle pattern

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Thanks for sharing a great tangle with us, Rose.

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9 comments to How to draw ROUCHE

  • Barbara

    Love this one, thanks for sharing, can’t wait to give it a go.

  • This is lovely, Rose. A true Zentangle pattern….thoughtful, yet repetitive… No graph paper, rulers or trigonometry required :-)… BRAVA! And Thank You!

  • LindyLu

    Super good tangle, Rose. Thank you for the tangle & the great example, too.

  • Connie Frey

    Very beautiful. Love it!

  • kay

    Thank you very much for your wonderful step by step

  • Kathy

    This is a fun one to do, very nice!

  • Kate McIlreavy

    Thank you for this pattern. I have tried it following your great diagrams and found it easy.

  • Pamela Scott

    I’d like to thank Rose for a lovely pattern and instructions that make it so easy to understand.At first glance I was a bit worried I’d get lost in the details but you walked me thrown this in a quick and easy way. I’ve always had a problem will a reading disablity and I sometimes get a little lost with some of the patterns at first but this was a joy to learn. Thanks again Rose! Thank Linda for putting all these great patterns and insturctions all in one place!

  • What a gorgeous pattern! I just tried it and I love it… Instead of drawing the last strokes behind the first (diagonal ones), I just overlapped them. Really fun to draw, and it looks much more difficult than it was. Thanks for sharing!

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