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Zentangle pattern: SoDeceiving. 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.My timing was absolutely unplanned but this is supremely ironic, today’s tangle …

SoDeceiving is a tangle from German tangler Jutta Gladnigg and it’s her first on the site.

SoDeceiving is for those who enjoy the Zen of inking in the shapes with deliberate strokes. (That’s me too.)

Jutta introduces herself and explains how SoDeceiving came about:

“I am from Duisburg in Germany, fascinated by Zentangle® for nearly 2 years now and attending CZT28 Seminar in June.

Recently while I was going for a walk around the International Duisburg Regatta Course in (see photo … spring is coming) I came across a delivery van which carried a blue pattern at the rear windows. It took my attention because it seemed to me like an optical illusion. The sides of the white space seemed to vary in length also at close observation they did not.

At home I deconstructed the pattern and call this new pattern SoDeceiving.

The dots in the step-out are optional. Step 5 is meant to show that you can repeat the pattern as often as you like in all directions.

The pattern is very easy to draw (complete in step 4) but creates an illusion for the eye.”

The following photo of early Spring tranquillity is one Jutta took while on her walk in the Sportpark Duisburg.

Photo by Jutta Gladnigg. Image links to the Sportpark Duisburg website.

SoDeceiving reminds me very much of Deanne Stewart-Mills’s Diamonds & Squares, but Jutta’s is “diamonds and x’s”. The diamonds and crosses (X’s) alternate with a row composed of a large zigzag. I didn’t find the dots in Step 1 necessary as Jutta has noted.

Jutta illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing SoDeceiving below and she demonstrates how adding white “shading” (A white charcoal pencil from General is great for this) on the solid black ink in addition to the usual graphite shading on the white areas helps add visual interest to her tangle.

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In this monotangle, Jutta illustrates a pretty variation of her tangle and again demonstrates how shading adds great dimension.

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17 comments to How to draw SODECEIVING

  • Oh wow Jutta, so happy to see your new pattern here !!! Many congratulations to you :-)!!!
    I am looking forward to try your cool drama tangle pattern SORECEIVING!!!
    Many greetings from Cologne to Duisburg 🙂

    • Jutta Gladnigg

      Nadine, thank you so much for your lovely entry! Looking forward to your tile.. You’re so good at those kind of tangles… see Elloso! Happy greetings from here to Cologne!1

  • Debbie Raaen

    Love the effect of the white charcoal giving it a rounded appearance, but also on your monotangle the way you’ve shadeded the sides of some of the white and not others so it looks like vertical pieces of paper hanging in the air. The middle part of your monotangle could be a new tangle in it’s self. Thanks for sharing ?

    • Jutta Gladnigg

      Thank you, Debbie, for your cool entry and your interesting observations! Yes, you’re right… seems like another hidden tangle in the middle… Greetings from Duisburg!

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Beautiful tangle! I love the 3D tangles..They “tease” your mind!

  • Sue Zanker

    Jutta, lovely to see one of your patterns here and congratulations in advance at attending a CZT seminar later this year, I envy you! You pattern looks a bit challenging, but I am up for it, thankyou for sharing! Linda, also thankyou for your continuing work with this site too!
    It is Mothers’ Day here in Australia tomorrow, so if you are mothers, you two, have a happy one on us in OZ!

    • Jutta Gladnigg

      Hi Sue! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Looking forward to you giving it a try. You are such a great artist… I am always full of awe of your tiles on the Mosaic App. Have a nice Mother’s Day Down Under! Loving greetings!

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    A huge “Thank you ” to you, Linda Farmer, for presenting this pattern so wonderfully with your own tile and beautiful introduction on your fantastic site! What a big honour! Thank you for all the love and work you put into . You have become what people call “an institution” in the Zentangle world!

  • Sarah Fowler (saffy)

    Congratulations Jutta! Great tangle ?????

  • Thanks Jutta for the share. A fun 3D type tangle.

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    I am happy that you like it! Thank you so much, Sue!

  • Jody Genovese

    So very happy to see SoDeceiving here on TanglePatterns! Congratulations to you my friend. You are creating such wonderful patterns. This is a favorite for sure!
    See you soon!!

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Thank you so much, Jody, for constantly encouraging me to submit my patterns… you are such a great friend!!!! See you soon!

  • Bobbi Walker

    Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting tangle, Jody! I didn’t have white chalk, so used white pencil. while not giving it quite the same effect, it works it in a different way. I do not recommend the white pencil vs. the chalk however ….
    Thank you again – I’m happy to add this to my collection of tangles!
    And, thank you Linda for this marvelous site you have for us “tanglers”.

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Thank you so much, Bobbi, for your lovely entry! Interesting to read about your experience with white pencil. Will give it a try, too. I am happy that you like SoDeceiving and have already used it! (by the way, my name is Jutta…)

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