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How to draw SOLUNA

Zentangle pattern: Soluna. 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 a federal holiday in the USA in observance of the birthday (January 15, 1929) of the late Nobel-prize winning activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are many thoughtful and inspirational quotes attributed to Dr. King. Many familiar ones come from his “I have a dream” address, but today this one feels timely in the face of recent “fake news” …

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. ~ from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

Our tangle of the day, Soluna, is the second on the site from Portland OR CZT Pegi Schargel. Pegi previously shared her cool B’Twined tangle with us.

Pegi writes,

The inspiration for this new tangle is an outdoor light called Negron 1 that I saw in an online home improvement catalog. This shows that inspiration for tangle patterns can come from anywhere!

As she points out Soluna is composed of three of Zentangle®’s elemental strokes, “orbs (circles), straight-ish lines, and a curved line (arc).”

I found Soluna quite absorbing to draw, varying the orbs and distributing the variations and darks and lights in a pleasing-to-me way. “Drawing behind” in a Hollibaugh fashion is often a bit of a challenge for me but Pegi gives tips on how to accomplish this with Soluna by “tucking them in” in a systematic way depending on whether you’re right- or left-handed.

Pegi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Soluna here on her blog and she includes an image of her tangle inspiration. Pegi also explains how the name for her tangle involves the astrological symbols for the sun and moon.

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10 comments to How to draw SOLUNA

  • Linda Dochter

    This reminds me exactly of a type of soft round taffy log that I have remember seeing at Christmas gatherings when I was a kid. The outside of the candy was white. The pattern was done in green and red. I’m not sure of its origin of the candy but I grew up in the States. The mystery of the candymaker was how they got “the tangle” into the middle because the pattern was always there as the taffy log was cut into thinner round pieces to be served. Can anyone help with the name of the candy or its origin? (Both the candy and Soluna are yummy!)

  • Rosemary Turpin

    We always called that kind of candy “rock candy” and I think it originally came from Britain, possibly from places like fairs or beach stores.

  • Rosemary Turpin

    However, what I can find on “rock candy” on the internet on the first two pages is NOT what we used to call rock candy. Our rock candy came in sticks alright, but the pattern went right through to the end. It was a hard candy, not crystal-like. Now I`m getting interested in this mystery!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    OK, after a bit of looking (which I love to do) I found this site:, which tells the whole story in great detail. I could have sworn I`ve seen much more generic rock candy WITHOUT advertising though!

  • Nan Seefeldt

    This is so beautiful! For some reason I really am drawn to circles. Soluna fills the bill! Thank you.

  • Maxine

    I like this motiff because it reminds me of poker chips.they came in white blue and red for different coin amounts. blue wass 50 cents, red was quarter, and whites were dimes. If you use a really fine pen for the rays as you call them, they even resemble them more. ridges on. My mom taught me how to count change back by using monopoly money and poker chips. got me one of my first jobs as a cashier.

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