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How to draw FRUNKY

Zentangle pattern: Frunky. 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.This is our Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S.A., my very best wishes for a safe and happy holiday weekend. Let the barbeque season begin …

Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb is one of the now-many CZTs from Germany, and Frunky is her first tangle on the site. She teaches Zentangle classes in Munich and nearby Ammersee.

Curious to know more about Ammersee, I checked Wikipedia:

Ammersee (English: Lake Ammer) is a Zungenbecken lake in Upper Bavaria, Germany, southwest of Munich between the towns of Herrsching and Dießen am Ammersee. With a surface area of approximately 47 square kilometres (18 sq mi), it is the sixth largest lake in Germany. The lake is at an elevation of 533 metres (1,749 ft), and has a maximum depth of 81 metres (266 ft). Like other Bavarian lakes, Ammersee developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting. Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer, which flows as the Amper out of the lake. Like neighbouring Lake Starnberg, which is similar in size and shape, it is a popular location for watersports.

Ammersee and the Amper are part of the ancient Celtic amber trading route leading to the Brenner Pass.

Okay, what the heck is a Zungenbecken lake?

A Zungenbecken, also called a tongue basin or tongue-basin, is part of a succession of ice age geological landforms, known as a glacial series. It is a hollow that is left behind by the ice mass, as the snout of the glacier (German: Gletscherzunge) recedes, which initially fills with meltwater, forming a proglacial lake, and later may be filled with surface water from streams or precipitation. When the glacier has more fully retreated this produces a finger lake or glacial piedmont lake.

Answer: a finger lake formed by a glacier! Amber trading? I’ll leave that one for you to pursue.

I learned about Katharina’s Frunky when it was introduced some weeks ago in Canadian CZT Laura Harms’s weekly Zentangle® challenge.

Katharina writes that when she first tangled Frunky,

I actually wanted to draw “Floo”. I misunderstood the stepout and so Frunky was born. It is simple and versatile. And somehow it’s a little bit funky…

Floo is one of the original Zentangle-original tangles and can be found in the booklet included in the Official Zentangle Kit. Floo and Frunky are both composed of Fescu-like tendrils and auras.

Like many CZTs, Katharina has published a book about Zentangle. I have not seen her Zentangle für jede Gelegenheit, which Google translate says is “Zentangle for every occasion”, and Frunky appears there.

For my main example above, I played around adding some line weight and a bit of black ink fill here and there to provide additional visual interest to my eye.

Zentangle pattern: Frunky. 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.Katharina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Frunky here where she also demonstrates it in circular and ribbon-like variations, somewhat like my example on the right.

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8 comments to How to draw FRUNKY

  • Joyce L Blodgett

    I don’t know how many times I’ve just drawn the comfortable, used-to-them tangles that I’ve been drawing for five years, just not wanting to have to concentrate too hard. “Frunky” looks like one that is going to fall into that “comfort “food”” category–food for the artist that needs to let her mind just be calm and collected 🙂

  • Donna

    NICE!!! This one really resonates for me. I love it, and I know I’ll be using it a lot. Thanks.

  • Antonine Federico Koval

    This is a wonderful tangle! Lots of opportunity for deep shading and contouring. I REALLY love the ribbon version. Thanks for sharing this!

  • B Cleo

    FRUNKY is fun to draw. It leaves so much room for variation and will be lovely to add some color to!

  • Many congratulations to you, dear Katharina!!! I love your pattern FRUNKY very much and it is one of my “good-mood tangles” 🙂
    Sunny greetings from Cologne, Nadine

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Congratulations to you! This is a cool pattern and I have been using it quite often in the past weeks. Greetings to Ammersee! Jutta

  • sunburer

    Frunky reminds me of the waves cresting. so it’s also quite soothing to the eyes. thanks!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Thank you for your fun tangle called Frunky. I had fun drawing it your way and then also filling in alternate stripes with black and sparkles (tiny bits left white). I have put colourful version sin my workbook and will do more simplified ones (both to fill odd shapes and as a ribbon tangle) in my portable ring sample collection. Thanks again!

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