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How to draw AMADOU

Zentangle pattern: Amadou. 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.Belgian CZT Karin Godyns is back today with the lovely Amadou, her third tangle on the site. Previously she’s shared Gotcha and Aniane with us.

Amadou is a sweet ribbon or border-style tangle that’s easy to tangle and as Karin writes, “It also has so many fill up possibilities. It looks nice in a circle, mirrored, as a border or simply standing alone.

Like Indrani Novello’s Tamarai and Amun, Amadou was inspired by the lotus flower.

Karin tells us about her new tangle,

“What I particularly love about this tangle is that it takes you instantly in the Zen flow because it is simple, elegant and very easy to draw. It takes you right out of your thinking.

The tangle is inspired on the lotus flower. Sometime in September I went to a SPA centre and got intrigued by some wall carvings in stone that seemed to be a lotus flower. I have been playing with it ever since and came up with this new pattern Amadou.

In Buddhism the lotus flower is associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. In the Egyptian mythology the lotus is seen as a sign of rebirth.  

Well, here you go: a new tangle is born :o) ”

Very apt for the beginning of a new year too.

While doing a little reading on the symbolism of the lotus blossom, I came across the site – very interesting reference reading there for all types of flowers. The photo below comes from Wikipedia where we learn the Nelumbo nucifera is “one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. … Native to Tropical Asia and Queensland, Australia, it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. It is also the national flower of India, and Vietnam.”

BTW, the Wikipedia entry also contains photos of Lotus roots (rhizomes), recalling CZT Margaret Bremner’s Lotus Pods tangle. “The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and ‘roots’ (rhizomes) are all edible. In Asia, the petals are sometimes used for garnish, while the large leaves are used as a wrap for food.” The entire Wikipedia entry about the lotus makes fascinating reading.


Sacred Lotus Nelumbo nucifera – By T.Voekler – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Karin illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Amadou below where she demonstrates some fill variations and ways in which to use Amadou in the different configurations she describes above.

Zentangle pattern: Amadou, by CZT Karin Godyns

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