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How to draw NOUVART

Zentangle pattern: Nouvart. 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 we go from the organic-looking Patience of earlier this week to the linear, Art Deco-inspired Nouvart tangle by Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen.

Ria writes,

Long ago, my husband and I visited Prague (capital city of the Czech Republic), a wonderful Art-Nouveau city in Europe. But also in Belgium we have a lot of beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, for example the Cogels Osylei, “the most beautiful street” in Antwerp and the Horta Museum in Brussels that we have visited recently.

Art Nouveau started at the end of the 19th century and was based on nature. We saw so many organic patterns and fluid lines. After the Art Nouveau, Art Deco arrived: more stylized, tighter lines and geometric patterns. I like both of them and have read a lot about these fascinating movements in art.

Unexpectedly, through these pictures, I found inspiration and created a new tangle: Nouvart.

Ria shares the images inspiring her tangle. First, a classic Art Deco Frankart-inspired lamp.

Next, a pretty landscape vista and an Art Deco lattice fence.

And finally, a lovely piece of decorative stained glass.

My example of Ria’s Nouvart is a very simple version and though I rarely use it for my tangle examples, I used my Uni-ball Signo UM-153 White Gel pen to add the tiny orbs in the center of the diamond shapes. As you’ll see below there are many ways you can play and embellish this striking tangle.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Nouvart below and she demonstrates several variations. As she notes, many variations are possible and she also reminds us to be sure to turn the tile.

Zentangle pattern: Nouvart.

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