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How to draw OLLUAN

Zentangle pattern: Olluan. 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.I’m so delighted to be “home” in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada celebrating family birthdays and anniversaries with my dear Mom and three sisters, and husbands, nieces and nephews.

This is the first time we have all been together for this occasion pretty much since Robert and I moved permanently to the USA in 1980. So needless to say I’m absorbing every minute of this unique family celebration and so very grateful the opportunity could happen. Usually Robert and I make our “road trek north” in the Fall, so this is also a wonderful change to enjoy the Summer season and all that is unique to this time of year.

In addition to being a breathtakingly beautiful little Canadian town located minutes from the great Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to the highly acclaimed and world famous cultural attraction, the Shaw Festival founded in 1963 by the Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation.

In its first decade, the Shaw Festival company toured extensively in the United States and Canada while experiencing explosive audience growth. On June 20, 1973 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the Festival Theatre was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Designed by renowned Canadian architect Ronald Thom, the Festival Theatre enabled The Shaw to mount large-scale productions, drawing national and international acclaim.History of the Shaw Festival

Each year from April through October a selection of wonderful plays are presented in the Festival Theatre and three more unique playhouses located in the old town area. “The Shaw Festival celebrates the life and spirit of Bernard Shaw by creating theatre that is as entertaining and provocative as Shaw himself.” Here courtesy of my sweetheart Robert’s photography skills is a photo of the Shaw Café and a statue of its namesake, George Bernard Shaw.

George Bernard Shaw's statue at The Shaw Café, Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Images © Robert Farmer.

George Bernard Shaw’s statue at The Shaw Café, Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Images © Robert Farmer.

Thank you (and Tina) for indulging my digression … and so to today’s lovely tangle …

In celebration of all the family love, today we’re sharing hearts, lots and lots of hearts in Olluan from Swiss CZT Tina Hunziker.

Tina writes,

All is one or all in one. That’s where the name Olluan comes from.

While drawing this tangle i imagine that every heart represents the heartenergy of a person. All comes together in one Tangle.

Isn’t it wonderful to draw a heart and thinking of a loved person, draw another one and think of another person, and so on, until all become one tangle.

Another idea is to draw the tangle to feel happyness and the universal love. They are always around, and by drawing Olluan it gives us a reason to remember that.

To draw these random placed hearts, lets me feel good, connected with myself and the beings around me.

I can connect, while I tangle, every heart with a friend or any person of my life.

Or, I just let the ink flow and enjoy the process; One stroke at a time.

It’s a space filling tangle, and after step 5 or 7, just feel free to fill the hearts with your personal hearty ideas.

Tina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Olluan here on her blog where she includes two lovely Zentangle® tiles featuring her tangle. The large tile also includes the Zentangle-original tangles Diva Dance (Waltz variation) and Printemps, and Karry Heun’s Sand Swirl. The small Bijou tile is a duotangle featuring Olluan together with scattered Flux fronds.

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Returning to “NOTL” for a moment, as I wrote here last Fall, “The gardens and hanging baskets everywhere are magnificent!” Not only is NOTL a photographer’s paradise, it’s located in the heart of some of Canada’s best wine country. If you’ve never been to the area before, it truly deserves to be on your bucket list.

The Shaw Café, Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Images © Robert Farmer.

The Shaw Café, Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Images © Robert Farmer.

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6 comments to How to draw OLLUAN

  • I like the way this pattern seems to ‘dance’. I also love patterns with hearts. Thanks Tina…lovely!

  • Sue Zanker

    Apart from meeting up with family, isn’t it good for the soul to sometimes return to the places you were born and grew up, there is always that strong attachment to one’s “home town”……
    Lovely tangle for the weekend too, I shall enjoy doing it Tina and thanks Linda for sharing your gorgeous pics, Robert takes a great photo !

  • Mary Hellmers

    Olluan is simply wonderfully easy and very beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us, Tina.

  • Cheryl Lees-Haley

    NOTL truly is a magical place. We went there a few years ago on the recommendation of one of our dearest friends, who, like you, grew up there and later migrated south. I would so love to go back for another season of the Shaw Festival. Marvelous theater!

  • So many tangles around. But when this one came out of my pen, I really liked it. So I’m happy that Linda is sharing it on
    hoping that many of you gonna enjoy it.

  • Elizabeth Ruby-Cunningham

    Thank you for sharing this tangle. I will definitely using it to punch up Valentine cards for next year! So many possibilities…

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