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How to draw ONION DROPS

Zentangle pattern: Onion DropsStill enjoying our lovely long weekend!!

Hope you’ve found a little time to tangle and here’s another fun one for you to play with.

Last week we were introduced to Zailz and Tami and Roxi. All three of these tangle patterns reminded me of this one from a little earlier this year, Onion Drops from tangler and paper crafter Shasta Garcia. Shasta’s Mom is CZT Sharon Garcia of Paradise, CA. This is Shasta’s first tangle on the site.

Shasta introduces herself on her blog:

I’m a lifelong learner who’s exploring paper arts through letterpress printing, calligraphy, and paper manipulation, all of which is influence by my graphic design background.

… Shastablasta wraps presents well [the name of her blog] is a place for making things special with the craft of handmade gift giving. Here you’ll find a bit of inspiration and a bit of DIY along with resources for thoughtful gifting. I believe a handmade gift, a handwritten note in the mail, or a thoughtfully wrapped gift (handmade or store bought) can go a long way to strengthening connection.

Shasta named her tangle Onion Drops because when she first saw the pattern she thought of shallots,

those little purple ones. … I developed this because while Zentangle is about being slow and thoughtful I wanted something that would flow from the pen a little quicker than some of my other favorite patterns.

Onion Drops is very easy to draw and like the official tangle Echoism, you can fit it into any shaped section of your Zentangle® tile.

As Shasta writes on her blog,

there are a few patterns I’ve come across that feel like they’re part of the same family tree. Links to those patterns: Echoism (also one of my favorites), Inapod, Kandy Ribnz, Leaflet, Pais, Puffle, Tipz, Undling, Cruffle, and Worms.

Shasta illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Onion Drops here on her blog. September 2022: unfortunately it appears Shasta’s blog has joined the ranks of the defunct so here from the archives is my Photoshopped edition of her original steps.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Onion Drops, tangle and deconstruction by Shasta Garcia. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. (Small side note: if you look at the legalese in Pinterest, you are legally responsible for obtaining permission to post every photo that gets ‘Pinned’. Giving credit or sharing the source link doesn’t count.) Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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9 comments to How to draw ONION DROPS

  • Judith

    Hi Linda,
    While I love, download and print the step outs for my own reference, the links to instructions on sites other than yours or R & M’s often lead to illustrated instructions that are in too small or too large a format to read easily and or collate and print on one page. May I suggest that you occasionally remind folks who are posting on their own sites to attempt to post in ratios and formats consistent in more than visual similarity. Just a thought. I really appreciate your website; without it my research and self learning would proceed very slowly.
    Thanks, JB

  • vickie hoyt

    I was not able to see how to draw onion drops. When I would click on “how to draw”, I was always taken right back to the introduction. Very interested in seeing how to draw this tangle. It looks similar to isocher, which I find to be a difficult tangle. this one might be a little easier for me. the problem I am having may be due to problems on my computer. If you receive other feedback to this effect, you will know something is wrong on the site.

  • Beverley Carter

    Hi Judith,
    I too am very appreciative of all that Linda provides us. After reading your post I checked on my own downloading of Onion Drops. I had noticed the site was a bit different from some sites but just clicked on each one of the steps and saved into a file that I named 01,02 etc. On looking at the file I put them in the whole 6 came up together very nicely on each of them, so all I had needed to do was click on one and I would have got them all!! Once again I learned something. I don’t have a website and think what others share is just amazing and if I can’t work out how to download I just copy it in pen or pencil onto scrap paper and then re-do in my leisure which often “gells” better in my brain than copying.

  • Tony

    Awesome! Love onions and love “Onion Drop” more

  • Margaret McKerihan

    Shasta this is a wonderful tangle! I love it …. thank you! 🙂

  • Linda, Thank you so much for including Onion Drops on Tangle Patterns.

    I’d love to see how other people use it. If anyone is inclined to share on social media please tag your creations with #oniondrops. Thanks!

  • Donna

    Sorry Linda but the link for instructions only leads to a defunct site. Is there any chance that you could draw some instructions?

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