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How to draw IRIEMON

Zentangle pattern: Iriemon. 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’s Iriemon tangle is from Chepachet, Rhode Island CZT, Bonnie Luther and it’s her first tangle on the site. Bonnie is a member of the CZT#24 seminar from last fall.

Today we also welcome the graduating class of CZT#27 which is finishing up today in Rhode Island, congratulations to all!

Bonnie introduces herself,

I was introduced to The Zentangle Method™ in 2014 during a demonstration given by a Certified Zentangle Teacher at a company health fair. I had always loved doodling when I was younger, and was intrigued by the use of structured patterns in this manner to result in a mindful activity. I started tangling on my own using information I found online.

I found that most people had never heard of the Zentangle Method, and I decided that I really wanted to share this technique with others. As I researched it more, I found that fortunately for me, I lived in the state in which the Certified Zentangle Teacher seminars are conducted. I was finally able to get a spot in the 24th Certified Zentangle Teacher seminar.

I am really enjoying sharing this wonderful technique with others, and watching as they realize that they really can tangle!

Iriemon is “something that came to me while vacationing in Jamaica.

As you may know,

Irie (I-rie \I ‘ -ree) is the word in Jamaican Patois that means, ‘alright’. The term can be used to mean 1: powerful and pleasing; 2: excellent, highest; n 3: the state of feeling great. It is commonly used by members of the Rastafari movement.” ~ Wikipedia

And “mon” is, well, mon (man). As the late great Bob Marley classic says, “Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing gonna be alright.” = Iriemon.

A little reggae mood music for Bonnie’s tangle 🙂

In Bonnie’s instructions at Step 2 all of her grid squares (fragments) use this angle / as shown in the example below on the left. My main example of Iriemon is a little different from Bonnie’s original because I was playing around with changing the direction of the angle of the stroke in Step 2 in each fragment as shown below. Another variation is shown in the middle, and the one on the right is the one I used for my main example above. I used a wee touch of shading in all three of my examples.

Bonnie notes that Iriemon is similar in a way to Anita Roby-Lavery’s Hi-Csbut it’s definitely deconstructed differently and the resulting pattern is not the same.” Both of these tangles are in the family of the Zentangle-originals Hibred, Betweed and Ellish where alternating strokes create an interesting woven texture.

Bonnie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Iriemon below and demonstrates it in a minimalist monotangle. The alternation of curved and straight aura-ing strokes in Step 3 gives this tangle its unusual effect. By experimenting with various solid fill patterns (either ink or graphite), Iriemon has more potential variations.

Zentangle pattern: Iriemon.

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