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How to draw IPSO

Zentangle pattern: Ipso. 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.Here’s a super easy one for you from Jennifer Hohensteiner, not unlike her Lichen tangle pattern in simplicity.

Jennifer writes, “Ipso is Latin and if I did my research correctly it means ‘the thing itself’, which you gotta admit is a great name for a tangle pattern! So I am giving it to this one because it’s one of my favorites. I just think it looks cool (if I may say so myself).

Jennifer’s Ipso is composed of a wandering line with loops added – “let the loops flow, make some big, some small” – and the Zentangle® enhancer called Rounding. Using just the tip of my graphite-laden tortillion, I added a little fill to my example.

You could vary this tangle by using different shapes such as triangles or squares or figure 8’s (whatever gets you back to the line in a continuous flow) and so on instead of the loops. This is a good tangle to use as a border along a string line or simply let it wander wherever your pen takes you.

Jennifer illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ipso here where she demonstrates it in a straight line but as she notes, “it doesn’t have to be“.

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7 comments to How to draw IPSO

  • Jennifer Hohensteiner

    Thanks Linda! I really like the way you did Ipso. I’ve never shaded the loops entirely … but I am sure going to now. I love the way it looks. Your other suggestions (squares, triangles, etc.) are great, too, and I’m kind of going: duh. Now why didn’t I think of anything like that?

  • Sue Zanker

    Ipso is one of my favourites! I can always depend on it, whether it is filling a funny spot, or gallivanting all over the page…….It’s a great tangle Jennifer!! Thanks Linda too for including it here on your super dooper site!

  • Melena

    This is why I love people making comments on tangles that have been up for awhile. I find some wonderful ones that I hadn’t found yet, like this one.

    Thanks Jennifer for sharing this one with us and thanks Sue Z for commenting on it.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Melina, I wish more people would leave comments for the very reason you’ve pointed out. And I’m quite sure those who shared the tangles would appreciate receiving new comments of support too.

  • Tammy

    Ipso is definitely one of my favorite tangles. It is very relaxing to create as a border or a filler and the possibilities are endless. Rounding seems to make it elegant. Thanks so much for this gem.

  • Blandine

    I am a beginner in Zentangle, and I never saw this pattern. I like it because is all in curves! (I leave rarely my comment because my English langage is so bad!)

  • Meldra Driscoll

    When I received this email message this morning I just had to laugh and absolutely had to look at it because our recently departed Lhasa Apso companion dog’s name was “Ipso Facto” which means “after the fact”. I hadn’t noticed this tangle before this morning. This is one that I definitely will use in the future because it will remind me of him every time! It’s such a fun name, and also a very easy and fun tangle to do! Thanks!

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