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How to draw CURL

Zentangle pattern: CurlThe pretty wrought-iron-like Curl is an easy, easy, easy tangle pattern from tangler Lu-Marie Laker of Pretoria, South Africa, and it’s her first on the site.

Curl can grow into any shaped section and it’s so much fun to do as you turn your tile looking for where your pen wants to add the next swirl and watching the pattern grow outwards.

Lu-Marie writes,

My best friend, Lizelle Wheeler, took me to one of Marizaan van Beek’s classes (CZT in Pretoria). That was two years ago. I was so inspired with Zentangle®, that I took a small book everywhere I go. And one day I just started to draw this design. A big dream is to go for a CZT course and teach family and friends in the Free-state South-Africa.

Lu-Marie takes the basic swirl component of the official tangle Opus and turns it into an organic, expanding pattern with a bit of logic to how you grow it.

I added a few dots and very small orbs to fill some spaces and they kind of blend right in. In her Zentangle below you’ll see a Lu-Marie adds small “horns” here and there. I used the single dot of Step 1 and worked out from there, in Lu-Marie’s you can spot where she’s used several scattered dots and added curls to them until they met each other.

Lu-Marie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Curl below and features it in a Zentangle with the official tangles the-ever-versatile Cadent, Onamato, Knightsbridge, Ahh, and a few other “unofficial” tangles you may recognize from the site.

How to draw CURL by Lu-Marie Laker

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6 comments to How to draw CURL

  • Sue Zanker

    I have always loved this pattern,it does fill spaces admirably! and has been doing so for hundreds of years. Couldn’t help smiling though and thinking to myself that “everything old is new again” as in my (30 years plus) career as an artistic Calligrapher, this very pattern has been used over and over in many, many, MANY Medieval Manuscripts as a background filler! Does my heart good to see these beautiful historical patterns coming to light again and being used in the same way. Some Medieval manuscripts are a HUGE ‘source’ of patterns……hopefully it may encourage many tanglers to dip into those beautiful books and see what scribes of those days managed to create with just very irascible quills, poor lighting,and no specs! Sometimes even gilded with gold leaf to make the pages ‘glow’…… Thank you Lu Marie, lovely to see this pattern being used in this day and age……MORE please!

  • Susannah

    I REALLY like this one!

  • There is something so calming and mesmerising about this tangle. It’s simplicity, but also the way you feel you could keep going forever and never stop.

  • vickie hoyt

    Very simple, yet elegant.

  • Cheryl English

    What a COOL tangle. Love this one!

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