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How to draw BLIPS

In Flanders fields the poppies grow,

Between the crosses, row on row …

Poppies on the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, immediately following the Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2006. Since its installation, it has become traditional to place poppies on the Tomb after the formal ceremony has concluded.

Today, November 11th, many of us observe as a special day. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. “On that date in 1918, hostilities formally ended ‘at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’.”

Here in the US it is Veterans Day, an official holiday honoring all those who have served in armed service. (In May we observe Memorial Day to honor those who died in service.)

The two lines above are from the famous war poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. “Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations”.

Like most Canadians I learned this poem in school and those first two lines always come to mind for me on this day. Such powerful imagery.

Wherever country you are in today, please take a moment to remember those who serve and those who have fallen. To them we owe all.

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Zentangle pattern: Blips. 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.Today’s tangle Blips is from Susie Achter and I thought it appropriate for today because it somewhat resembles crosses.

Blips is an interesting pattern to draw, whether you line up the rows or randomly offset them, you can get into quite a rhythm making the “cross” shapes. In my example I left a wee space between each motif rather than joining them up as Susie has done, and I added a little shading which makes it look kinda “puffy”.

Susie illustrates the steps for drawing Blips below and includes a monotangle with several variations.

How to draw BLIPS by Susie Achter

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4 comments to How to draw BLIPS

  • Anna

    i wonder if Susie is an ICU nurse. The final square in her stepout makes me think of a multilead ecg! LOL! great tangle, will try it today!

  • Sylvia

    I think one invites real deep concentration! Really Zen!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very nice pattern. I am anxious to try it. Thank you for sharing,

  • Susie Achter

    Thank you for the comments. Once you get into a rhythm you can shortly fill a whole page with variations. My apologies for the messy looking drawing…think my eyes are going. Thought I did a better job of drawing and coloring! I am pretty new at Zentangle, but I really enjoy this site and those who share their patterns. I have to limit my tangling as it is so easy to keep doing it and there are days when my wrist, elbow, shoulder, etc. are worn out. Anna–no I am not a nurse, but did work in a hospital at one time, so this pattern may have popped out of my subconscious.

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