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How to draw TRELLA

Zentangle pattern: Trella. 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.The Memorial Day post is the most difficult for me to compose each year. So much emotion when I’m researching what I want to share and express, the images I linger on and the thoughts they bring for all our lost heroes. Nonetheless, first we have our Monday tangle …

Today’s pretty Trella tangle comes to us from central Florida CZT Adele Bruno.

As you may know Adele runs the weekly “It’s a string thing” Zentangle® challenge. She writes,

The tangle is named for our youngest granddaughter, Ella. The vine-like nature of Trella reminded me of a trellis and her name fit so well in the little play on words.

Trella is basically Flux-on-a-vine (Rick’s version) and though I endeavor not to duplicate similar tangles, with lots of embellishments Trella is very easy to tangle making it a good Monday tangle.

Adele illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Trella here on her blog where she provides notes on how to tangle it and suggests “endless variations”. She also explains how this tangle was developed “by committee”.

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Memorial Day & our National Moment of Remembrance

Today in the U.S. we observe Memorial Day to honor and give thanks to all the brave American men and women who gave their lives in military service to this country and made it possible for us to enjoy our precious freedom.

In a traditional annual ceremony just days prior to the weekend, soldiers with the Old Guard (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment – “the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784”) salute America’s departed heroes with the ‘Flags In’ tribute. Every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery receives the Stars and Stripes for Memorial Day weekend.

Army Pvt. Gabriel Thyfault, a truck driver with the Old Guard, said that he and the other soldiers read the names on the headstones as they placed flags on the graves.

“It’s a huge honor. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Thyfault, who hails from Chicago. “I couldn’t be more thankful to be out here, putting a flag on every single grave in the entire cemetery. It’s such an overwhelming honor.” ~ DOD News

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, “Honoring those who served have our country”, also organizes volunteers to place a rose on the headstones in Arlington and in Veteran cemeteries across the nation on this day. [Donations to the Foundation are welcome.]

As we enjoy time with our families and friends and the traditional beginning of Summer today, let’s pause for a moment and give thanks with our hearts for those souls and their families, all who made the ultimate sacrifice. Bless them, and all those who serve.

Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, in Arlington, Va. Christian is wearing his father’s cover [cap]. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/Released)

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.

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  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
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7 comments to How to draw TRELLA

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Congratulations, Adele, to your Trella being presented here. Such a cool and beautiful pattern! So sweet that it is named for your little granddaughter. Greetings from Germany! Jutta

  • I love this pattern. I’ve already used it a few times.

  • This is a wonderful pattern with a beautiful name dear Adele and I’m glad I could already use it in one of your challenges!

  • Joyce

    Thank you for posting Adele’s pattern, it’s lovely.

    And also, Linda, thank you for posting the Memorial Day tribute. Both my parents, who are now deceased, served in WW2: Mom as a Marine, and Dad in the Navy. Both of them were understandably proud of their service, and I am proud of them.

    Blessings and thanks to all who have served to give us our freedom.

  • Nancy Pearson

    Adele I love your Trella! I always open Linda’s newsletters/emails as soon as they come. I can tell at a glance if a tangle is meant for me. Trellis was meant for me. I just had to grab a piece of scratch paper and try it out. I love the variations on your leaves and the aura brings it all together. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Linda, you are amazing. You share the most fantastic tangles from yourself and other artists. I would have a thick binder if a made a book of all the beautiful tangles you show us. Such talented tanglers out there and I am glad you are able to showcase them for us. Thank you. Thank you! Nancy

  • Like this one. Thanks Adele and now I know about your weekly IAST as well. I’ll have to do it one of these weeks. And to Linda, love your posts and tributes to Memorial day as well.

  • Oh my goodness! Thank you all for the compliments on Trella. It is always such a thrill to be included here. Thank you, Linda.

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