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How to draw APACORE

Zentangle pattern: Apacore. 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.It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from her, but today we’re delighted that Maryland CZT Lori Manoogian shares her lovely Apacore tangle with us today.

Previously Lori has shared her very popular ‘Dillo and Ansu tangles with us.

Lori writes,

Have you ever seen the inside of an apple core? Five beautifully pointed teardrops with the seeds nestled inside!

I used to slice them for my kids and put them on their plates in the morning. Hence the name Apacore, as that is how a 5 year old thinks its pronounced.

P.S. To this day, I never throw out the apple core without slicing it down the center and resting it aside for awhile…it just makes me happy:)

Here’s a cross-section of a juicy delicious Honeycrisp apple that gave itself up for the Apacore cause, together with some Irish Coastal Cheddar cheese. Yummy!! I have to say I don’t ever remember cutting an apple across its “equator” before, I’ve always cut them from top to bottom. For years now I’ve used a wonderful apple slicing device that create 16 perfect sections. This makes quick work of putting together apple desserts like my personal favorite Bavarian Apple Torte (perfect without the jam). You just have to be careful to select apples that aren’t too wide to fit inside the slicer.

Cross section of a Honeycrisp apple, photo taken by Linda Farmer

Lori continues,

This can be very simple, or you can challenge yourself by adding gradating aura lines along the sides. I deconstructed the sample so you could see the difference.

Tips? Make the first 2 “lazy p” shapes so that they touch heads and point downward; the second 2 sit more horizontally and the last one sweeps up to the top to finish out the 5. Touch all the rounded sides as you go. Of course you have a lot of artistic freedom here, and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful directions you decide to take it!

It took me a few practice runs to get the “lazy p shapes” that create the center star shape to turn out gracefully. Lori’s tips help! I decided to ink the center loops black but it lost a bit of the pretty shape so I used my trusty white Uni-ball Signo gel pen to add back a center to each.

Lori illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Apacore below and she features it in an elegant monotangle with beautiful delicate shading …

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Update June 2022: Lori writes, “I received a few of the same questions about Apacore so here’s a short video. Hope it helps!


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