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How to draw POP-CLOUD

Zentangle pattern: Pop-Cloud. 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.Pop-Cloud is a fun tangle pattern “with a maze-like quality” from Carla du Preez of South Africa.

It reminded Carla “of clouds and pop-corn, hence the name.

I first saw a tangle pattern on a cellphone and knew I had to see more. Once I had googled this phenomena, I was smitten. I printed out some images and used them during a Creative Movement session with a group of dancers. Then I was fortunate to have a lesson with CZT Marizaan van Beek, a most gifted teacher.” (You may recall that Marizaan recently shared her Angel Fish tangle with us.)

Carla writes that the first pattern she learned from Marizaan was Zentangle’s classic Crescent Moon tangle, which is drawn using the tangle enhancing technique called aura. Pop-Cloud was inspired by this technique as well as Zentangle’s characteristic “drawing behind”.

For my example I discovered if I drew Pop-Cloud “upside down” from Carla’s steps, it was easier for me to control the loops and their spacing. Any way you draw it, it’s a simple, fun tangle that looks especially effective with a touch of shading. Pop-Cloud is a fun and easy continuous line tangle, looks great from all four sides and makes an excellent filler tangle.

Here are Carla’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Pop-Cloud, and her lovely shaded monotangle.

Steps for drawing Carla du Preez's "Pop-Cloud" tangle pattern

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For a submission to qualify as a tangle it must be a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”) and not “a thing to draw”.

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Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

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"A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines."

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    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your JPGs. (Please save me time and do not send PDFs). It also includes a link to this PDF submission form.

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If your pattern is posted on your blog, attach your steps and tile JPGs to your email and be sure your email includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."



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9 comments to How to draw POP-CLOUD

  • Fun! Beautifully simple, yet impressive. Thank you.

  • Susannah Ayres-Thomas

    Really nice tangle, Carla–very lively and graphic. I like its dimensionality and depth. Thank you –I was looking for something like this for a Zentangle I’m drawing, even as we, um, text! Thanks!

  • Kathlee

    Could we talk a little bit sometime about shading? I need some pointers in this area, love tangling! On a train trip recently a college girl leaned over and asked me what I was doing…. “well,” I said, and got out paper and pen for her and some tangle ideas. She was in heaven! Gave her the website and she was so delighted!

    • Linda Farmer

      The best thing to do is just experiment with a well-worn lead pencil and a tortillion (blending stump). There is a page about Shading on top menu (TIPS & TOOLS > SHADING), and I heartily recommend Sandy Bartholomew’s “Totally Tangled” for excellent lessons on shading. But, that having been said, I’ll see what else I can come up with for you on the subject … stay tuned …

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Fun pattern, thank you Carla! Started drawing this one and didn’t want to stop; I ended up with a “Pop-cloud” that could have held enough rain to end ALL droughts in the world, LOL.

    Linda’s right–shading is a matter of experimentation, as well as practice. I didn’t use it the first couple of ‘tangles I did, but then got up the courage to go ahead; now I can’t imagine any pattern without it!

  • ksenija

    Awesome! Love doing it!

  • Dessie Arnold

    I saw this pattern in someone’s Zentangle tile, and thought I’d try it, even though looking at it, it didn’t appeal to me. One try and I was hooked – this tangle is so much FUN and it is pretty easy, too! I’ve noticed before that I’m often surprised by tangles that don’t immediately appeal to me visually – they’ve become favorites. So many many thanks to you Carla for coming up with this very different, and very entertaining tangle, and to Linda for publishing it!

    I’ve started making notes on the stepout pages in my notebooks – rating tangles as to their Pleasure, Effort, and Zen (P, E, and Z). So far it seems that P=Z most of the time. This one got a P=10, E=1, Z=10!

  • Tomas Padros Cruz

    The idea is very simple and fun. A playful tangle with a fun swinging deconstruction.

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