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How to draw PIPPIN

Zentangle pattern: Pippin. 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.Pippin is a fun organic tangle pattern shared with us by tangler Juliet Herring from Worcestershire in the UK, and it’s a very nice one to start the week.

Pippin reminds me of the very popular Sanibelle, but it’s drawn quite differently and also has a different look to it because the “lobes” don’t all meet at the bottom center as they do in Sanibelle. I think you’ll enjoy this one too, no shading required!

Since I was very young, I have always enjoyed making things and over the years have been fortunate enough to be able to experiment with a whole range of crafts from calligraphy, tatting, macrame and crochet to leather work and ceramics, even being lucky enough to have my own small kiln. Following a car crash some years ago I have found it more and more difficult to do things having lost some use of my hand and cannot currently sit and work at anything for more than a few minutes because of back problems. As a result of this, many of the crafts I would normally do to occupy my mind and time have sadly had to be shelved.

Last year, purely by accident, while browsing the internet, I came across Zentangle. Here was something I could pick up and put down and work on when I was able to and not have to complete in one sitting. So many crafts require you to work on them for stretches of time and with the difficulties with my hand and  back, this was not something I could not do – and I really missed not being able to make things and was so bored and frustrated. I knew I had a good A6 sketch pad and some fine tipped black pens so decided to give it a go and was delighted with the results. Using a hard backed A6 book I can work without using a desk and having to lean and stress my back and can work in short bursts without the craft showing signs that it has been done in a stop/start fashion. As a child I used to do small scale art pieces using repetitive shapes, often using letters of the alphabet as the base form. Zentangle reminds me of those childhood experiments and of the wonderful decorative elements used in illuminated manuscripts and the scrolls and filigree and repetitive shapes used in quilling that combine to make a finished design. I know that this is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Here Juliet illustrates the steps for drawing Pippin. As you can see in her example below, this tangle can grow in all directions to fill a section of your Zentangle® or Zentangle-inspired drawings.

How to draw Pippen by Juliet Herring

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Juliet’s example of Pippin.

An example of Pippin by Juliet Herring

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