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How to draw CHIANTI

Zentangle pattern: Chianti. 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.Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and I am so excited to be sharing this special occasion with my family. Although we’ve lived in the USA for well over 30 years it’s always great to come “home”.

As you’re aware, last week Robert and I made the 1,348 mile, 3-day drive from South Florida to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. [Robert drove, I provided sustenance and scintillating conversation to prevent road-weariness.] We’ve been having such a nice time catching up with loved ones we haven’t seen for a year and absorbing the beginnings of the Fall season.

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner on any one of the three days over the long weekend. Ours was last night and we enjoyed moist turkey with stuffing and dressing, and a mashed potato casserole all dressed up with cheese, all masterfully prepared by my youngest sister Bev. A very tasty side dish of mustard-glazed carrots was a recipe from her husband’s side of the family. Pumpkin and cherry pies, with a little ice cream topping, were the finishing touches on a wonderful family dinner.

While we’re visiting the Niagara Peninsula we also make sure to get our fill of treats that aren’t readily available to us in Florida. High on the list are Mom’s Butter tarts, and the World Famous Peameal Bacon sandwiches at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Robert and I’ve been addicted to these breakfast sandwiches since the early 1970’s before we moved from Toronto to Pittsburgh. We haven’t yet made the 80-mile (130 km) drive from NOTL but are thinking about it for later in the week as “The Market” is open seven days a week. And while we’re up here, we always have to get at least one fix of a Swiss Chalet chicken dinner. 🙂

This Thanksgiving weekend can’t pass without noting something else I’m very grateful for — it’s hard to believe but five years ago this week I had the magical experience of attending the certification seminar in Providence with my CZT#7 colleagues and all the seriously wonderful people who are Zentangle HQ. So very very much to be thankful for, and especially for YOU.

Chianti is my Thanksgiving gift for you. It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve added a tangle to my “wine” series – Chard, Gewurtz, Rosé, Shiraz, Zin – but today is a perfect time for Chianti!

Chianti is my deconstruction of this inspiration of a very attractive wrought iron gate. Wrought iron can appear quite heavy and dense but this light airy pattern really appealed to my minimalist senses.


Delicate and pretty, Chianti is an easy pattern to deconstruct as well as draw.

Here are my step-by-step instructions for tangling Chianti, as distinct from, you know, drinking it. I placed the tiny orbs on the intersections of the grid first (Step 2) because depending on how large you make them, you will know how much space you’re left to work with in Steps 3 and 4. You can combine 3 and 4 into one step if you prefer. I found it easier to turn my tile and do each place on the grid in the same direction.

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The Renaissance Tan tile uses Chianti as shown above and a variation with offset alternate rows (top of tile, and my main example), which I think I prefer (at the moment) but each has an interesting overall effect of its own, especially when a little graphite is added. I used the Zentangle-original Knightsbridge in the center with some Maria-inspired Eke-y bits and orbs and flourishes. For my String I used the Random Generator in the left sidebar of the site and it produced String 214 from Debra Sweeting.


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Sharing an afternoon drive along Queen Street in the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake this afternoon. The gardens and hanging baskets everywhere are magnificent!

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29 comments to How to draw CHIANTI

  • Melena

    Beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful tangle. I’ll add this to my “wine list”. 😀 I think I’ll do a special wine Zentangle to celebrate your 5 years being a CZT and to honor the Sonoma County Wine Country where I live.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now I’m hungry for turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. LOL

  • Rosie Hill

    love this, so elegant and easy, perfect for Renaissance Zentangle.

  • Lovely tangle, Linda, and Happy CZT Anniversary to you too, from one of your CZT classmates,

    Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT #7
    Putney VT

  • Judy S.

    Thank you for your lovely and delicate Tangle ~ I enjoy this type to use with bolder tangles. And a great big thank you for all of the Tangling resources you provide on this site ~ it is absolutely the best website!

  • Heather Bennen

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well from a fellow Canadian and thanks for all your wonderful tangles…this one is really lovely!
    Heather Bennen
    Windsor, Ontario
    Ps. Only one Swiss chalet???!!! ?

  • Sue Wright

    Love Chianti! Also, Happy Thanksgiving, I grew up in London, Ont., now located in SW VA. Love the Niagara Falls, Canadian side!

  • Beautiful new tangle, Linda. it sounds like you have had a lovely time with family and delicious food. What more could anyone need to be thankful 🙂

  • Happy Thanksgiving Linda! Enjoy the remainder of your trip and time with family!

  • Lianne

    I love the fine lacey look of this tangle. thanks for sharing.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Linda. I love your beautiful tangle. I don’t know why but I was having a heck of a time trying to draw this seemingly easy tangle! First I realized that I was using a 3 part grid instead of a 4 part grid. I still had some difficulty because I didn’t draw the lines after I did the dots. I think I finally figured it out! Can’t believe that I made it so hard on myself!!! ?? Have a safe drive back to FL.

  • Anna

    Happy Thanksgiving to a fellow( although lapsed?) Canuck! It’s a lovely new tangle and I will try it tonight. It is also my anniversary ( I spent thanksgiving 2013 at the Providence Hotel) and Wednesday marks 42 yrs of marriage for us. Wow that makes me sound old. But I’m not, really! Take care Linda, safe travels home and thanks again for all you do for us crazy tanglers!

  • Karen Blair

    Totally awesome tangle!and wonderful pic. Thanks, Linda.

  • Thank You so much for this lovely tangle, Linda. Love all your ‘Wine’ and use them often. I live near the famous Barossa Valley where the German migrants settled and planted their grape vines.A lot of wine is produced there. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
    I am so excited as I will be travelling to Providence in April 2017 to attend the 26th Zentangle Seminar.
    Thank you for all that yo do in collecting these tangles for us to use in our art.

  • Betty

    Oh such a truly beautiful tangle. I know I shall use it again and again. Just got to try it as soon as I have finished my morning coffee lol.

  • Sara Brandli

    Simply wonderful

  • Yvonne Westover

    Hi Linda, I had no idea of your Canadian connections!!! And I also can’t believe you were so close this weekend, I could have touched you!!! This looks like a fun tangle… My dad used to make wrought iron gates, so I know they come in patterns a plenty!! Maybe next thanksgiving you add on a day or two and all of us Ontario CZTs have a meetup and you’ll be the special guest!!!! Safe travels home!
    Yvonne Westover CZT 13

  • Bunny Wright

    Lovely and delicate tangle. Thank you, Linda and have a safe journey home.

  • We don’t know Thanksgiving in Belgium but I think it is a wonderful tradition.
    I’ve just finished a tile for Joey’s challende and used the beautiful and easy pattern Chianti.
    Thank you Linda for this lovely new tangle, I’m sure I’m gonna use it a lot!

  • Linda, thank you so much for Chianti! I was able to draw your first, upright design easily, but I liked the diagonal offset one even better. It took several tries for me to get it right! The only way I could do it was to draw one row of patterns right across my diagonal, then fit the other rows in where they should go. Once I realized that NO SQUARE has more than TWO curlicues in it, things went better! The centre diamonds are bigger than I thought they would be too, to make it look right.

  • Beryl Prusinoski

    Thanks for the pattern, and happy Thanksgiving. Niagara on the Lake is a beautiful place, I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  • Jody Genovese

    Such a pretty and delicate tangle and remarkably easy to draw. I love it! Thank you.
    I absolutely love Niagara on the Lake. I think it is one of the prettiest places I have visited. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

  • Donna

    Chianti is quite lovely, Linda. Thank you!

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful, simple pattern. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Carol Cripps

    We really were blessed with a lovely Thanksgiving in Southern Ontario, weren’t we? I love Chianti. It evokes an evening beside the Mediterranean, with good food, wine and company. Thanks for this one: I’m sure I’ll be using it whenever I need a mental vacation.

  • What a beautiful feminine tangle Chianti is! Thank you for sharing Linda. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for another great “wine” pattern. I was playing around with it last night, making one curl bigger than the other, all kinds of fun variations. It’s a lovely tangle!
    PS Glad you came through the storm OK!

  • Thanks Linda for a lovely airy tangle. I must check out your other ‘wine’ patterns too. And a double thanks for all you do to keep this site as such a wonderful resource for all of us tanglers!

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Linda, Any thoughts on adding a “Merlot” to the table? Linda

  • Bettina

    Hi Linda,
    I had a about 2 months without being able to tangle (or crochet or paint) due to health issues.
    I want to start again and am so very thankful for your site and especially your lovely wine-tangles; they are getting me to start again.

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