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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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How to draw CLOB

Zentangle pattern: Clob. 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.Generally of a Monday we explore a very easy tangle and thus today we have Clob.

Tangler Jem Miller’s tangle falls into that category though don’t let Clob‘s apparent simplicity fool you, we’ll get to that in a moment. You might know Jem as Ragged Ray from her blog and Clob is her fifth tangle on the site.

In my view Clob is a tangleation of CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Waves tangle from way-back-when near the beginning of Zentangle® time. Suzanne published Waves in 2010 in her Zentangle Basics booklet, the first in her series.

However Suzanne’s tangle alternates the direction of the elemental C-strokes in each “channel” creating the impression of waves while Clob‘s strokes all go in the same direction.

Jem demonstrates several imaginative ways to use Clob in your tiles and her creative ideas might also suggest new ways of playing with its cousin Waves.

Jem acknowledges that Clob has many tangle relatives …

All of these tangles particularly appeal to me, and all rely on those repeated curved lines for detail. But each has a particular initial shape which defines it and the detail lines are almost an afterthought. I wondered what would happen if the lines became the star of the show, and the structure merely the framework to hold them.

And so Clob was born. Clob because the little lines work best for me when I draw them as I would a CLOsed Bracket!

While Clob is indeed easy to tangle it requires your full focus to evenly space all those C-strokes. This reminds us that every single stroke in the Zentangle Method™ is made “One stroke at a time.” In spite of my attentiveness in tangling Clob my balky thumb decided it wanted a role in my example. So be it. Jem’s illustrations are meticulous.

Jem illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Clob here on her blog where she notes “There are so many variations possible, depending on how you lay your initial lines. Parallel or not, straight or curving or spiral, closer together, far apart, laid over each other, or with gaps between. You can even embellish within the little brackets. And of course it plays well with other tangles.

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Tangle or Zentangle?

Often Zentangle newbies describe their drawings containing several patterns as "a tangle". Or conversely, refer to a tangle as "a Zentangle". Not so.

A tangle is one (1) single pattern.

As described on, "In its verb form 'tangle' means to draw a tangle. You tangle a tangle, and in that process create Zentangle art."

A Zentangle is the finished art on a tile containing one or more tangles. A Zentangle containing just one tangle is called a monotangle.

And while we're on the subject of using this wonderful art form's terminology correctly, as for "Zentangling" or "Zentangled" the terms to use are tangling or tangled. 🙂

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