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How to draw GOURDGEOUS

Zentangle pattern: Gourdgeous. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.Gourdgeous is the latest Zentangle®-original tangle recently introduced to CZTs at the beginning of the month and now shared with everyone, just in time for Hallowe’en this weekend.

Rick writes that Gourdgeous is “our newest tangle inspired by our porch wall and celebrating our changing season with a little help from diva dance“.

Maria describes how she was captivated by the way light was reflecting off the beadboard on their porch and she picked up some black tiles and a white pen and began …

putting down the boards … experimenting with how the boards were separated with one space, two spaces, three spaces, etc. … I drew a line, aura-ed it, skipped a space, then another pair of lines and repeated that sequence. Then I colored in the larger space. … 

Then I started bending the boards, creasing them to form origami-like structures. Curving and winding them around and out, mixing and matching the different styles. … THEN, I happened to have (of course) a mail order catalog nearby (did you know they are like spiders . . . you are never more than three feet from them?) with pumpkins and such things on the covers of course. And, voila! A gourd-like image began to appear before me, like magic.   

They were curling this way and that, in and out, skinny and fat . . . there was no stopping me!

After a while, the gourds began to cluster, in a wonderful hollibaugh dance … 

Wow, it was awesome . . . 

. . . all GOURDGEOUS and voluptuous.

Rick writes, “After all was said and tangled, we realized that gourdgeous is actually a version of diva dance, with the ‘expansion’ step always appearing in the same place. When you do that, this shape tangles itself organically.

For my example I have just a single instance of Gourdgeous because that’s all I had room for, but in Maria’s tiles you’ll see the clusters and layers and skinny and fat versions she refers to above.

Check out all the gorgeous Gourdgeous tiles here in the Zentangle newsletter where you’ll also find Maria’s step-by-step instructions for drawing the latest Zentangle-original tangle.

Check out the tag zentangle for all of the Zentangle®-original tangles with online instructions.

Happy Hallowe’en and enjoy a safe, sweet weekend!

I couldn’t resist sharing this “spooky food” I saw on the Australian recipe site I subscribe to, Of all the Hallowe’en-themed food I’ve seen, these Cocktail Sausage Mummies are just the cutest. Click the image for the recipe!

Image ©, Photography by Al Richardson

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2 comments to How to draw GOURDGEOUS

  • Lovely new fun to draw!

  • judy riesser

    Hi, I was really excited when the new tangle GOURDGEOUS came in the Zentangle letter from Maria and Rick. I grow, cut, decorate and sell gourds. I belong to the national and OH gourd associations. For four years I have attended and taken classes at Casa Grande AZ festival sponsored by Wuertz’s Gourd Farm. The festival at Cherokee NC is a great festival, too. I was able to attend the workshop #17 in Providence RI. What a great experience! Often I use the Zentangle patterns as part of the gourd decor. I now teach Zentangle classes in my home. Happy Tangling. Judy

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