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How to draw CRUZE

Zentangle pattern: Cruze. 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.CZT Caren Mlot’s lovely new tangle, Cruze, was inspired by a pattern she observed on the pool deck’s tiled border on a recent cruise to Norway. Caren teaches in the Charleston SC area and has previously shared her Navaho and Spokes tangles with us.

We’ve been on several cruises in the past, so I knew that the ship would be a mecca of patterns, and I wasn’t disappointed. Patterns on walls, floors, furniture, lights. In other words, everywhere you looked there were patterns, even on the water in the North Sea. Walking through the ship taking pictures of walls and floors and furniture….I can only imagine what the other passengers must have thought!

Celtic knot enthusiasts will be impressed with Cruze‘s similar appearance. As Maria has commented, Celtic knots are not usually tangles because they are too complex to “be drawn as a tangle”, often requiring planning, penciled guidelines and erasures. Not so with Cruze and I think you’ll be surprised and delighted with its simplicity.

“Celtic knots are a variety of knots and stylized graphical representations of knots used for decoration, used extensively in the Celtic style of Insular art. These knots are most known for their adaptation for use in the ornamentation of Christian monuments and manuscripts, such as the 8th-century St. Teilo Gospels, the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Most are endless knots, and many are varieties of basket weave knots. …

The use of interlace patterns had its origins in the artwork of the late Roman Empire. Knot patterns first appeared in the third and fourth centuries AD and can be seen in Roman floor mosaics of that time. Interesting developments in the artistic use of interlaced knot patterns are found in Byzantine architecture and book illumination, Coptic art, Celtic art, Islamic art, Medieval Russian book illumination, Ethiopian art, and European architecture and book illumination.” – from Wikipedia

There’s another rabbit hole of inspiration!

Caren illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Cruze here on her blog. Caren’s post features photos of many of the interesting patterns she found and two beautiful examples of Cruze in a Zentangle and a ZIA.

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6 comments to How to draw CRUZE

  • Jana Rogers Pharmer

    What a beautiful tangle! Good job deconstructing! I love the examples on your blog. Especially Cruze combined with Phicops…one of my all time favs!
    Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks to Linda for adding it to the “great tangle library!”

  • Kelli Ross

    This looks like an awesome tangle. Reminds me of braided bread. Can’t wait add this to my newest tangle project. Thanks Caren and Linda!

  • Mary Beth

    Looks like a great tangle although the step outs are not showing up on the blog for me.
    Can not wait to try Cruze.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Mary Beth, that would be your browser causing the problem. I recommend clearing your cache (search Google for instructions for your browser) and try again. If you still have issues then I’d suggest trying another browser like Firefox.

      FWIW I’m hearing reports of problems with Internet Explorer 10 and the recommendation I’ve seen is to uninstall it and reinstall IE9 until Microsoft gets 10 fixed. There’s also this posted on the Microsoft site about fixing site display problems in IE10:

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very pretty pattern. I love the way Caren used it in her Zentangles – beautiful! I am anxious to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Karin

    Great pattern 🙂

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