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How to draw AMUN

Zentangle pattern: Amun. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Amun, today’s pretty ribbon or border-style tangle, comes from Düsseldorf, Germany, tangler Indrani Novello who recently shared her No-No tangle with us.

Indrani writes,

Amun was inspired by the stylised lotus blossoms found in Ancient Egyptian designs, which I have been fascinated by ever since I saw the Tutankhamun exhibition when I was 12 years old. I named the pattern in honour of that pharaoh (may my hubris be forgiven! 😉 )

I think it offers a few possibilities to play around with; and even though my examples are in classic black-and-white I could see it making a splash in colour ZIA projects.

Amun is very easy to draw and again just the slightest touch of shading enhances the finish. If you’re like me and have a tendency for zigzags to get wildly out of control — yes, even when drawing with very deliberate strokes! — try placing a tiny pen dot where you want your zigs and zags to end and that gives you a nice target to aim for with your strokes.

Indrani illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Amun below where she shows it playing nicely on a tile with several Zentangle®-original tangles.

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In her second pretty Zentangle tile, Indrani again shows Amun in a field of more classic Zentangle-original tangles.


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20 comments to How to draw AMUN

  • Anita Telkmp, CZT 24

    I had a great time learning AMUN. Very niece thank you for sharing

  • Bunny Wright

    I recognized the name ‘Amun’ as soon as I read it…I thought Ohhhh, something Egyptian, I’m sure. I went to Egypt nine years ago…a trip of a lifetime. I was so taken with the patterns and decorations. I like your pattern and look forward to trying it.

    • Indrani Novello

      Thank you, Bunny! I am rather jealous of your trip to Egypt. I so regret not having gone while it was still relatively safe to do so! A Nile cruise is still on my bucket list!

  • Melena

    I was just playing with Amun. I love how it flows. A beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing.

  • Eileen

    Now one of my favorite patterns – thank you for your generosity in providing this tutorial.

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    This is a nice pattern… it will become one of my favorites, too. Thanks for sharing it!

  • bernath

    SUPRBE §§§§§§§§§§§§§

  • Polly Adams Martin

    I really do appreciate these shared tutorials with new tangles to try. Thank you for taking your time to share them. It’s great!!!

  • Beryl Prusinoski

    I also recognized the name immediately. I saw my first exhibit of items from Tutanhkamun’s tomb when I was 12, in Baltimore MD. Since then I have been interested in early Egyptian history.

    Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for the share. This one made it into my tangle records that I am putting together that I keep in my Zentangle kit that goes every where with me.

    • Indrani Novello

      Hi Sue, thank you! I am thrilled to have my pattern included in your selection!
      I have been collecting the official tangles and my favourites from this site in a blank book. By now I have so many that I have to start on a second book!

      • my tangle patterns go onto a tri folded sketch pad paper that has been cut to 3.5 x 10.5 inches. Each section is divided into 4 squares approximately 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches. So each piece of paper will hold 24 tangles and folds nicely to fit in the zentangle kit. Makes a nice tangle randomizer as I can just pull out a couple when tangling. I have over 13 of these, so gives me more then 300 tangles to have on hand traveling, sitting in Dr.s offices etc. I’ll never run out of space as I will just add another trifolded piece of paper.

        • Indrani Novello

          Hi Sue,
          Sounds a bit like a Leporello format to me, but I can’t quite figure out how to do it from your description.It does sound very handy for travelling.
          I have been using gamers’ dice to randomise my tangle patterns or have asked people to name a number between 1 and 150 to come up with new combinations. Left to my own devices I find that I tend to use a certain set of favourites again and again…

          • Linda Farmer, CZT

            Hi Indrani, here’s my take from Sue’s description:
            10.5 inches folded accordian-style (or as you say, Leporello format) into 3 sections makes 3.5 inches per “tile”.
            Then mark each “tile” into 4 squares.
            So front and back you get a total of 6 tiles, each with 4 sections = 24 spots for tangle “thumbnails “.
            And remember there’s a tool in the left sidebar of the site (look just under the TANGLES BY ARTIST section) for choosing random tangles and it can also be used to choose random strings.
            Another tip: as the Zentangle-original tangles on the ZENTANGLES > LINDA’S LIST OF OFFICIAL TANGLES page are all numbered, you can use the RANDOM TANGLE SELECTOR tool to select random “official” tangles for you. Type 1 in the MIN box, and 154 in the MAX box. If there aren’t instructions available for the tangle selected, just use the nearest one that does have instructions.

  • bernath

    MAGNIFIQUE §§§§§§§§§§

  • Indrani Novello

    Thanks, everyone for all the lovely comments!I hope you’ll enjoy including “Amun” in your repertoire!
    And thank you, Linda, for posting my pattern!I am honoured!

  • Thanks Linda for giving Indrani the how’s on my “thumbnails” Liked your description. Thanks for all you do for the site and us tanglers.

  • Indrani Novello

    Yes, thank you, Linda for the step-by-step!Will definitely try making one!
    I have in fact used the randomising tool on this site for patterns! But that only works if you have a computer with you. 😉
    So far I have never had a problem coming up with a string. If in doubt I just use friends’ or family members’ initials, thereby also creating nifty, individualised birthday cards.

  • Carla Jo Tye

    It’s one of my favorites now! So simple, but elegant.

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