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How to draw TUPUK

Zentangle pattern: Tupuk. 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.As we scan the weather reports from around the world, March has indeed come in like a lion with freezing cold temperatures and much unwanted snowfall.

As for us, we’re launching the month of March with two related tangles today.

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a new tangle by CZT Ria Matheussen, the most recent was her C-View tangle.

However, regulars in our TanglePatterns community will recognize her name because Ria is unfailingly generous with her comments of encouragement and appreciation to other tanglers.

Today Ria is sharing her Tupuk and Tupi tangles from “freezing Belgium” with us.

First we begin with Tupuk, as Ria explains its inspiration with her photos:

A while ago, we bought a “ceramic tower” to put in the garden, and that inspired me to make a new pattern: Tupuk.

Maybe the artist was inspired by an inuksuk? That is a direction indicator or milestone that is used by the Inuit. Years ago, I visited Greenland where I have seen these special little towers and they really remind me of our “ceramic tower.”

This inuksuk was also the logo of the Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver.

I chose the name Tupuk. Tup (first three characters of the word Tupilaq) and uk (last two characters of inuksuk.)

We have come across inuksuks in Zentangle®-land before with Jem Miller’s Flec tangle.

“A number of indigenous cultures around the world have similar practices, including cairns in Scotland and rock stacking by Native American Indians and the inuksuk of Canada’s Inuit. In some cases these stacks were seen as a symbol of a protective spirit and in many places people have adopted this practice at the entrance of their home or property for this symbolism.”

About her Tupuk tangle Ria notes,

Many variations are possible: you can draw Tupuk very regularly but also random, it is not important.

You can only use a bit of shadow but it is also possible to embellish “the stones” in many different ways.

It looks nice, just in black/white but also by adding some colour, it becomes a different result.

You can use it as a monotangle or in combination with other patterns. It is nice when it is drawn straight but it is not necessary.

Everyone can choose how to draw this pattern…

My example of Tupuk was done in the spirit of “no up or down” in Zentangle.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tupuk below and demonstrates it in two pretty ZIAs together with some Zentangle-original tangles and some fun suggested variations.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Tupuk, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Ria Matheussen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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While drawing Tupuk, I have found a nice variation on this tangle and called it Tupi.” Stay tuned for Tupuk‘s companion Tupi coming up shortly …

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16 comments to How to draw TUPUK

  • Sarah fowler

    This looks like a fun one thank you for sharing…

  • Joyce

    Oh, my stars, what a fun pattern to draw!! I can’t possibly “mess up” with this one, and I’m having a ball drawing all kinds of “impossible” towers (impossible, as in they would never be able to stand on their own in real life 😀 ).
    Thank you so much, Ria, for this most fun pattern!

  • Sarah fowler

    Oh yes! I like this one. Lovely to play with xxx

  • Nancy Pearson

    Ria I live Tupuk! It has a whimsical look. I love your variations and your two completed tiles. Very nice. Anxiously awaiting Tupi! Will be using Tupuk tonight when I finally get to sit down and tangle. It is cold in Utah USA too. Big snow storm coming today. Stay warm in Belgium! Nancy

    • Thank you very much for your kind feedback Nancy.
      My Tupuk is just an example, everyone can create his own Tupuk, so many variations are possible. I’m glad you like this pattern. I have never been in Utah but I know that place from the Internet and it looks beautiful. I hope the snow storm will not be to heavy and I wish you a lovely saturdayevening and a nice sunday.

  • Luc Bosmans

    Heel erg leuk gevonden. Twee prachtige voorbeeldjes die uitnodigen voor een nieuwe tile 🙂

    Google Translate: Very nice. Two beautiful examples that invite a new tile.

  • Dank je wel Luc. Ik apprecieer je feedback ten zeerste en ben blij dat ook jij plezier hebt gevonden in het maken van Zentangle tekeningen!

    Google translates: Thank you Luc. I greatly appreciate your feedback and am glad that you too have found pleasure in making Zentangle drawings!

  • Bruno Joris

    prachtig gedaan mama.. we zijn trots op jou 😉

    Google Translate: beautifully done mom .. we are proud of you

    • Dat vind ik nu eens heel tof van jullie Bruno en Nathalie, hartelijk dank. De naam van dit nieuwe patroontje is gedeeltelijk ontleend aan dat speciale beeldje dat ik meegebracht heb uit Groenland, die echte Tupilaq!

      Again I went to Google Translate: I think that is very cool of you Bruno and Nathalie, thank you very much. The name of this new pattern is partly derived from that special statue that I brought from Greenland, that real Tupilaq!

  • Cool, beautiful pattern that enables a lot of customization, I like it very much.

    • Dank je wel Bram. Soms heb ik veel inspiratie, soms minder maar het is altijd leuk om een nieuw patroontje te maken en heel fijn om daar commentaar op te krijgen.

      Google Translate: Thank you Bram. Sometimes I have a lot of inspiration, sometimes less but it’s always nice to make a new pattern and very nice to comment on that.

  • Two fun tangles. Looking forward to playing with them

    • Thank you very much Sue, they are easy to draw but you can use your own imagination to embellish them and to make your own Tupuk and Tupi. I wish you succes en send you warm regards from Belgium

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