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How to draw ARUKAS

Zentangle pattern: ArukasArukas is the latest tangle pattern from Zentangle® HQ. It was “discovered” recently while Maria’s daughter CZT Molly Hollibaugh was tangling.

Arukas was first introduced at the two recent CZT training seminars (16 and 17) at the beginning of this month.

Molly explains how Arukas came about,

I was fooling around with orbs, as I have been fascinated with them lately. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but somehow I found myself in this back and forth aura rhythm. Soon a star was born . . . I mean, a tangle. The name came to me immediately. I think it had something to do with the pen I was using. (!)

Arukas begins with a large orb and the “spokes” of the star shape radiating out from it. Auras are then added alternating on the orb and radiating spokes. It’s as simple as can be!

Zentangle pattern: ArukasOnce you’ve explored the original star Arukas, you can have some fun experimenting with more Arukas ideas by changing the number of radiating spokes and also the shape you use in the center to start. For my first example above, I used six spokes while the one here on the right uses the original five spokes. Arukas is such a fun tangle to play with, “a beautiful, versatile, and very forgiving tangle.

As the newsletter suggests:

  • Use multiple initial circles. (Just be sure to do each spoke and aura on all of them as you proceed.)
  • Add solid fill and sparkle.
  • Use a spiral.
  • Use other initial shapes.
  • Explore and have fun!

I found it interesting to play with the spacing of the auras too, alternating narrow and wide. You get a whole new effect.

Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Molly’s Arukas here in the Zentangle newsletter. Lots of beautiful eye-candy is also shown from other CZTs who’ve experimented with Arukas.

Update October 20, 2015 – Sakura just posted this video of CZT and Zentangle Product Manager Molly Hollibaugh demonstrating how to draw Arukas:

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UPDATE December 11, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 9 video starting at (06:15) Rick demonstrates how to tangle Arukas.


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7 comments to How to draw ARUKAS

  • Barbara Sosna

    Step 5 of Arukas is confusing. It involves 2 new steps without an indication which one should be done first. What do you think?

  • Vicki B

    This could be the sister to my “Roscoe” tangle. The drawing pattern is very similar but the result is quite different. C

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Vicki, I agree they are certainly related with the alternating arc and straight line auras. Totally different result … very interesting. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Sakura just posted this video of CZT and Zentangle Product Manager Molly Hollibaugh demonstrating how to draw Arukas.

  • Melena

    Linda, thank you so much for posting this. It really helps to watch someone demonstrating how to draw a tangle. I like Arukas even more now! And I love knowing how Molly came up with the name. Amazing how we don’t see what’s right in front of us sometimes. 😀

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I like Arukas a lot, but because my eyes and fingers never agree with my brain on what they’re seeing, my version of it (and nearly all tangle patterns) comes out quite different. I like mine a LOT, and don’t feel bad about how different it is, but Molly would never recognize her pattern in my drawing.
    I’ve even tried drawing many patterns in super slow motion, but it’s what the eyes-fingers interpret that makes my tangles come out as “What in the world did I just draw???”
    Does anyone else experience this, or is it just me? I’m also dyslexic with numbers, so much so that I cannot have a checkbook. Maybe I’m “dyslexic” with drawing patterns, too, LOL 🙂

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