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How to draw BARQUILLOS

Zentangle pattern: Barquillos. 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.WooHoo! Zentangle® Teacher Certification Seminar #26 started this morning in Providence RI! Another fantastic group of CZTs are having a magical time and will join us with their certificates by Wednesday. Congrats in advance to all …

We’re starting off this week approaching Easter with a sweet tangle. Or a tangled sweet!

Spanish CZT Maria Tovar’s Barquillos is an excellent tangle to give you great practice in line control. Barquillos is Maria’s second tangle on the site, the lovely El Prado was her first.

Barquillos are a Spanish sweet made with flour, sugar or honey and cinnamon, cooked briefly on a waffle-type iron and then formed into the shape of a cylinder. In other countries these are called wafer rolls, or wafer biscuits. Barquillos have the same name in the Philippines and in Asia they are known as Biscuit Rolls.

Barquillos, the tangle, was named because the shape of the lines reminded Maria of the barquillos sweet stacked side-by-side in a street seller’s wicker basket.

Zentangle pattern: Barquillos. 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.On the right is my example of Maria’s original version of her tangle. She suggests tangling Barquillos in a continuous line fashion as shown in her steps, “Try to do the line lifting the pen as little as possible.” In my first example above, I experimented with a diagonal version of Barquillos – it’s possible to get a few different designs by playing with the direction of the stroke in each square of the grid.

And as I said up top, this is an excellent tangle to practice stroke control. “It’s easy to draw, and very focusing,” writes Maria. As always take your time with each stroke and with a relaxed hand, really focus on keeping them an even distance apart and equal in length. I think you will be surprised how much focus this one takes!

Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Barquillos here on her blog and shows it in three different Zentangle® tile examples.

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