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How to draw OK-RAH

Zentangle pattern: Ok-rah. 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.Ok-rah is a new grid-based tangle from fellow Floridian and CZT Liza Buckley who lives in our state capital Tallahassee way up there in the Panhandle. Ok-rah is her first on the site. Liza is a member of the 14th class of Certified Zentangle Teachers®.

Ok-rah is our second grid-based tangle this week and what I love about these (all types of grid tangles) compared say to free-form tangles is that there is no question in your mind where the next stroke is going to go. I think more than any other type of tangle, grid tangles are the essence of the Zentangle Method™ — no planning, just one stroke after another until you’re done.

Liza writes,

This summer a good friend has been working on an okra project, and my husband has been participating by growing lots of okra — lovely greens and reds. I have been surrounded by okra this summer!

After spending time sketching, photographing and eating okra, a pattern emerged.

Liza shares this photo of her Ok-rah inspiration:

Liza illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ok-rah below where she includes two lovely examples. The first is a monotangle white Zentangle® tile and the second a very pretty Renaissance Tan Zendala tile.with variations in the “seed” colors and fills.

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10 comments to How to draw OK-RAH

  • Paula Commander

    This is great! Can’t wait to try it.

  • LizaK

    Such a pretty tangle. I will add this one to my growing collection of fragments! Thank you for sharing!

  • Nice, this one made my tangle collection. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Helmers

    Now, that’s an organic tangle! Love it!

  • Silvana

    Obrigada por compartilhar suas ideias e criações. [Thank you for sharing your ideas and creations.]

  • This pattern attracted me at once because it is so unusual. I like its ornate extravagance. An eye-catcher for sure. I also want to weigh in on grid patterns vs. free form because I believe that neither is more in the spirit of ZT practice but rather there is a personal preference involved. For me, grid patterns involve more planning and thinking than free form because there tends to be more of a “right” and “wrong”. I feel much more confined when drawing grid patterns and a more frequent need to consult with the instructions. Free form patterns on the other hand, such as Flux or Printemps, can just be drawn according to my inclination and mood. I can put them here, I can put them there. I can vary their size and shape. Overall, I find them more relaxing and “Zen” to draw than grid patterns! But I know that many of my students like the grid patterns for exactly the reasons you state, Linda. I think that it is great that there differpnt kinds of patterns to choose from so everyone can find the Patterns that bring on the “Zen” for their individual style…as well as challenge themselves with the others.

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Comment on Jennifer Hohensteiner`s comment –
    I like both free-form and grid patterns, though I tend to design more grid ones. I think I have an unavoidable “obsessive compulsive” side to me that needs boundaries, hence the grid ones, but I do enjoy free-form ones too, and sometimes design new ones as I go along!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Rosemary, and a reminder you can always reply directly to a comment using the … um … “Reply” link next to the date and time of the original comment. Helps keep things “threaded” (not strung) 😉

  • Liza Buckley

    Ironically, I have always leaned more towards free form and had more difficulty with grid patterns. I was so stunned that my first pattern emerged as a grid pattern! The surprises that arrive through the Zentangle process are such a joy.

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