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How to draw WOOOOOOO!

Zentangle pattern: Wooooooo. 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.Wooooooo! sounds like a perfect Hallowe’en kind of tangle, don’t ya think? And Wooooooo! it’s fun! And EASY. It’s from tangler Joan Stark and it’s her first on the site.

Joan’s tangle submission, “a ribbon for the ribbonly-challenged” is full of Wooooooo! exuberance. Joan introduces herself,

“I live in a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I was introduced to Zentangle® by Judy Montgomery, CZT. I’ve been tangling since fall of 2013. I started with Judy’s Beginning Zentangle class and have been taking her ‘More Zentangle’ class ever since. I love the zen of the art.

I have a background in education and currently teach private swimming lessons for all levels and ages at the local recreation center. It’s enjoyable and rewarding however if I could re-do my life I would’ve gotten an art degree and would’ve also been an art teacher. That’s why I believe that eventually I will become a CZT.

I’ve always enjoyed experiencing art. I remember winning a community art award when I was in elementary school — I made a Christmas poster with a reindeer– complete with a red sparkly nose, And in the 1990s, I created a lot of ASCII art (pictures made with keyboard characters). I was so prolific in ASCII Art that even have a Wikipedia entry that describes me an ‘American artist’ and ‘Queen of ASCII art’…… So if it’s on the internet, it must be true. Right? hahaha”

This is a screen capture of Joan’s first big picture ascii art piece, “The first big picture I made was of a dragon– it took about a week to complete.

Fire-breathing drgaon ascii art by Joan Stark, 1996

Impressive stuff! Must have driven those old dot-matrix printers crazy. And worn out the space bar on the keyboard.


Joan explains how Wooooooo! comes by its name and some tips for tangling it,

“I consider Wooooooo to be a ribbon pattern for those who are ‘ribbonly-challenged’.

I taught this pattern in Judy’s class and was thanked by several people because they were finally able to create a ribbon! They were so proud of themselves…made me feel good too that they were able to succeed. The seven ‘O’s in the name represent all those who were present that day.

The Wooooooo comes from the initial curvy line. As you draw the line, say WOOOOOOO! in excitement. Tangling **IS** exciting!

Next comes marking dots midway between the curves, then aura from dot-to-dot over and under each hump.

I like to aura 3x but you can aura as many/few times as you want. I also like adding stripes and orbs in the aura sections. But again, you can do just about anything or nothing in there. Shading makes it pop though. The final product looks like a simple ribbon — but a ribbon that ANYONE can draw — even those who are ‘ribbonly-challenged’!! Yay!”

Zentangle pattern: Wooooooo. 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.For those interested in learning to draw even more ribbons check out Sandra Strait’s tutorial “How to draw a ribbon” on TanglePatterns, also located on the TUTORIALS tab in the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar. So Wooooooo! is a ribbon-style tangle of a stylized ribbon 🙂 On the right, a fancy version of Wooooooo! based on Joan’s steps.

Joan illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Wooooooo! below and features it in a fun ZIA embellished with Sharon Robinson’s Sp-eye-ryl tangle and sprinklings of tiny orbs.

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HAPPY HALLOWE’EN !! And now the sugar season begins …


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