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Zentangle pattern: Meriberries. 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.Meriberries is a lovely new tangle from CZT Cheryl Wilson and how perfect for this festive season.

Quite some time ago Cheryl contributed her Kandy Ribnz to our collection and it’s nice to see her back with another great tangle.

She writes,

I did not set out to create a new tangle, but I found that as I continued to draw, it created itself. I reminds me of holly, thus the name.

This tangle grows randomly and is built on itself, but it could easily be used as a border or ribbon.

I have shaded and embellished a few different ways in my sample tiles. That, of course, only leads to more ways yet to try.

Meriberries uses a few of Zentangle’s elemental strokes: a dot, straight-ish line, a curve, and orbs. It’s SO easy and fun! For my example I chose the variation Cheryl demonstrates in her third Zentangle but it was tough making a choice because they’re all lovely. Shading and embellishing different ways also gives more variations as Cheryl notes.

I suggest you’ll get the prettiest results with Meriberries when you make the pen dots in Cheryl’s Step 1 very light, just as a guide rather than a larger orb that becomes part of the tangle. Unless that’s what you’re going for … 🙂

Cheryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Meriberries here on her blog and she shows several ways to vary her tangle including a pretty border version. {Tip: click on the Steps image to get the larger size.}

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5 comments to How to draw MERIBERRIES

  • Susan K Pundt

    MERRIBERRIES is a great new pattern…just in time for holiday decoration…doesn’t look like our Merryberry, tho’. He is a Maine Coon cat officially named Meriadoc, after the fur-footed Hobbit. He loves decorations and am sure he would also like to try (to eat) a tangle of this very nice pattern. Thanks, Cheryl.

  • Jan Brandt, CZT

    A delightful new tangle – thank you Cheryl! As fill or border, it’s fun to draw, requires no precision & is very forgiving. Shading makes the leaf shapes so shiny! This is one of my new favorites. ?

  • Anna Cheer

    This is so enjoyable to draw and such a satisfying result, thank you.

  • Looking at Meriberries only today. I was looking for a Holly shaped tangle for a Christmas themed box I’m decorating. I know it is after Christmas, but in Bavaria it is Chrismas until Jan 6, the day of the 3 magi. So I’m still in a Christmas mood, and have been decorating shoe boxes. Some will get some tangling on them. One of them has a Christmas theme, so I found Meriberries, which I’m going to use as a border.

    Thanks so much for sharing this tangle with us!

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