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How to draw LOOP

Zentangle pattern: LoopToday is Good Friday of Easter weekend and tonight at sunset is also the beginning of the Jewish Passover festival.

According to Wikipedia, “Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for ‘Easter’ and ‘Passover’ are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, … and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.”

My very best wishes to all who observe these sacred and meaningful holidays.

Today’s lovely tangle pattern is named Loop and it’s from CZT Amelie Liao of Taiwan and she’s provided some beautiful examples using her tangle. (Any resemblance to symbols of Christianity are entirely on purpose on my part for today.) Amelie recently shared her Oolo tangle with us.

Zentangle pattern: LoopI have to confess this tangle was a real challenge for me but I persisted through many (I repeat, many) examples before coming up with one I was comfortable sharing. And the way I eventually came up with it varies from the way Amelie demonstrates in her steps below and the clues for my way to draw it are revealed in the example at right. That’s right, I drew the strokes “attached” to the loops and then went back in and drew the ones in the center. Different route, same destination.

Amelie’s tangle is based on the Hollibaugh technique of “drawing behind” and Amelie writes that Loop was inspired in part by the Zentangle®-original tangle Auraknot.

Amelie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Loop below. Remember when you get to Steps 3 and 4 that you draw the additional strokes “behind” the previous ones.


Zentangle pattern: Loop

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Here is Amelie’s lovely Zendala featuring Loop.

Amelie Liao's Zendala

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And here is her ZIA on a Zentangle tile …

ZIA featuring Loop

ZIA featuring Loop

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Once again, Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

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16 comments to How to draw LOOP

  • Mary Kay

    Amelia’s Loop is just beautiful! Had to practice several times, but finally have it! Thank you.

  • Sharon Wrench

    Absolutely beautiful! I am anxious to give this a try. Thank you for sharing.

  • Vickilynne Westcott

    Wow – REALLY like this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan

    Beautiful tangle! It actually reminds me of a Scandinavian woven wood decoration my mother has (of which I do not currently have a photo).

    And Linda, I always appreciate the holiday/historic notes you occasionally include with these posts. It often satisfies my “learn something new every day” goal.

  • anne

    This one reminds me of the spirograph things we used to draw as kids. fun.

  • Joyce

    Is there a way to bring the steps up larger? It looks like an interesting pattern. Thank you.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Computer Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key and roll your mouse scroll button, you can increase/decrease the size of the webpage (and documents) on your screen. Use Ctrl 0 (the number 0) to return to normal view size.

      • Maryll

        You don’t even need a mouse to zoom in/out. You can also use the keyboard. Use Ctrl and the + (plus) or – (minus)keys to zoom image size. Ctrl 0 (zero)returns to default size.

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII

    Amelie, your tangle is GORGEOUS! I keep thinking “OK, all possible tangles have now been discovered” … and THEN … a beauty like this comes along! Thank you for sharing it with the world. I’m looking forward to drawing it in just a few minutes!

  • Joyce

    Wow, love this new tangle, it’s beautiful! The zendala is amazing, also. Thank you, Amelie.

    Linda, I enjoy the religious information, also.
    Have a great Easter.

  • Maryll

    This is a lovely tangle. I’m particularly attracted to “woven” tangles and it was fun to do. I thought it would be tricky but found it to be very forgiving of my neophyte’s slightly asymmetrical starting shapes and uneven line spacing.

  • Wow, the girl not only did a lovely example, but it was a DOUBLE Loop! And she did it twice! Awesome! When my brain stops hurting, I’ll have to try this one!

  • Jodi

    I can hardly wait to try this!

  • Ela Rieger CZT 19

    This tangle is so nice and so fluent, when you are in it. I love it.

  • Susan

    Very pretty and versatile tangle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth

    I like that this one is a challenge for me. To look at it, it seems easy, but when I get to drawing it, it is a bit more difficult than it appears. Thank you so very much for sharing your tangle.

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