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How to draw ROLOFLEX

Zentangle pattern: Roloflex. 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.What fun, and our last one for January!

Spanish CZT Pilar Pulido’s delightful Roloflex tangle is her first on the site.

Pilar introduces herself,

I live in Madrid (Spain) with my family and I fell in love with Zentangle® in my first contact with it. I’m one of the lucky students of María Tovar, the 1st CZT here in Spain. I’m also a CZT since April 2017. Although I’m not fully dedicated to teach it, I hope being able to collaborate to spread it.

Regarding “Roloflex” story, it came to me from an exercise with “S” shape string at the same time that my son was studying something related with tangencies at school. So, I named it in to honour him with this funny word he uses a lot in his personal vocabulary but which has no meaning: Roloflex.

Roloflex is simplicity itself, composed elegantly of S shapes and inner auras. It can easily work as an individual motif, in a row as a ribbon or border, or as an all-over pattern as Pilar demonstrates here in a pretty ZIA on a Renaissance Tan Tile where it appears almost shell-like.

Here Pilar features Roloflex with the Zentangle-originals Pokeleaf and Tipple on a white Zentangle tile with a spot of color and beautiful shading.

And Roloflex fashioned in white ink and white charcoal pencil on a black Zentangle tile with Henna Drum motifs sprouting from its aura.

Pilar illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Roloflex below and features it in a simple monotangle. Shading is a definite bonus for this tangle, and as with most: turn, turn, turn your tile so your hand is comfortably doing the strokes in a constant direction …

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Roloflex, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Pilar Pulido. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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