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How to draw DOLLPIN

Zentangle pattern: DollPin. 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.The last couple of weeks I’ve been intrigued by this radial-style of tangle and thus we’ve had Su-sy and Sporez, and now DollPin.

This easy, pretty DollPin tangle comes to us from Duisburg, Germany, tangler Jutta Gladnigg and it’s her second tangle on the site.

Last year Jutta shared her background and her SoDeceiving tangle with us, both inspired by a walk in the park!

She describes her inspiration for DollPin:

When I was going for a walk around Duisburg Regatta Course [see SoDeceiving for more on this reference] a ‘flying object’ painted onto the side of a delivery van caught my eyes and led me to this pattern.

I call it ‘DollPin’ because when deconstructing ‘DollPin’ its final shape reminded me of those beautiful wooden clothes pins of times gone by.

And then I remembered still having a real wooden doll pin at home. I searched some boxes in my study and there it was… I once had painted it in order to attach it to my shirt as a name tag in seminars.

“Furry John wanted to test his strength and lift it so that people might have a better look at it… Furry John is a little character/creature that I have created.”

So it’s funny how things from the past sometimes return and even take the form of a pattern.

DollPin is very easy to draw in 4 steps. With steps 5-6 one can easily turn it into an organic (flower-)shape.

It creates a 3D-effect and can be filled with other patterns and/or arranged in lots of different ways.

DollPin comes together in just 4 strokes and then shading really gives it form and dimension. As you’ll see in Jutta’s examples, its main motif can be used in a number of ways it’s not limited to the radial style I chose to use for my example.

Jutta illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing DollPin below and demonstrates it in three different Zentangle tiles.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern DollPin, tangle and deconstruction by Jutta Gladnigg. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In this lovely white-on-black Zentangle tile, Jutta features DollPin with the Zentangle-original Tipple.

Zentangle tile by Jutta Gladnigg featuring DollPin

And her third tile demonstrates DollPin with the Zentangle-original Florz and CZT Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb’s Frunky.

Zentangle tile by Jutta Gladnigg featuring DollPin

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23 comments to How to draw DOLLPIN

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    This is a really sweet tangle!

  • Joyce

    YAY! A tangle pattern I can’t mess up! This is a fun one, and in the sense of humor with which I’ve approached it, I’d like to share that Jutta’s “Furry John” reminds me very much of the drawings of Mark Kistler and his “Furble” creatures. I learned a lot about drawing from Mark’s books, though I still am not at his caliber of skill; nonetheless, the Furbles are fun little critters to emulate, and Furry John made me smile, reminding me of the many happy hours I spent 30 years ago drawing with “Commander Mark.”

  • Joan

    Very clever and cool! Thank you for sharing.

  • Natalie Englund

    Thank for sharing your tangle and the story behind it. I do remember the old clothes pins. You’re my hero if you use those as a name tag in meetings! What fun! I’m off to try Dollpin now.

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Linda, thank you so much for adding DollPin to your collection!

  • I love this tangle because I too have made these little dolls out of the old clothespins. I draw a similar character to your Furry John, but mine is called Gzorpe. Not exactly sure where mine came from, but I have been drawing it as long as I can remember. Commander Mark Kistler was one of my son’s favorite shows and we used to watch it together all the time. It sparked his interest in art and we got all of Mark’s books for him. Thanks for the wonderful memories, and thank you to Linda for adding it here. Wonderful little tangle!

  • Jody Genovese

    Hello Jutta! So excited to see dollpin posted. I remember us sitting in the lobby of the Biltmore in Providence drawing this last June…such a wonderful tangle.
    All the best to you my friend.

    • Jutta Gladnigg

      Thank you so much, dear Jody! One of the moments I won’t ever forget. Sitting there in that beautiful Art Déco interior and tangling DollPin in the evening together with you and our friends… What a marvelous time we had! It feels like it happened yesterday. Can recall each minute…

  • Tracy McDonald

    Hey! That’s cool!

  • Jan Bright

    Jutta, I love this fun, simple tangle! So many things you can do with it! Thank you for sharing. I also thank the other commentors for cluing me in to Mark Kistler!

  • Thanks for a fun tangle and so loved the Furry John as reminded me of a couple of different furry critter people I drew 45+ years ago while still in college studying art. What fun reminders of my furry critters and the old doll pins as well.

  • Katy Kehoe

    Yay Jutta!!! I lOVE this tangle. It has taken me a few days to comment because I have been busy drawing dollpin!! Well done and I look forward to incorporating your tangle in many creations.

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