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How to draw HILGABO

Zentangle pattern: Hilgabo. 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.Happy Monday to you, and welcome to another new week in our Zentangle® journey together.

German CZT Annette Plaga-Lodde shares her Hilgabo tangle with us today, her third tangle on the site. She deconstructed this pattern from “an embossed pattern on a tissue paper.

Hilgabo, as Annette suggests, is a relative of the Zentangle-original Nipa although it’s constructed in a very different way.

By using Hilgabo you can conjure up a lovely soft movement on your tile.

I found this paper last year in my mother´s new apartment during a move. This move is a new chapter in my mother´s life.

She is over 80 years old and she is nearly blind. Now she and her dog live in their new home very happily and still independently.

So I dedicate Hilgabo to my mum!

Here’s to Moms (and Dads) everywhere who are blessed to be able to enjoy their independence in their golden years. It is a wonderful gift indeed.

As for Hilgabo, a touch of shading gives the embossed look and there are many ways to vary the motifs embedded in each ribbon. Hilgabo works well as a ribbon-style tangle in varying curved or straight “band widths” as well as an overall tangle that fills a section of your tile.

Annette illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hilgabo here on her blog where she features it in a lovely Zentangle tile with the Zentangle-original tangles Knightsbridge, Mooka, Flux, and Nipa. Annette’s tile also demonstrates some variations for the embedded motifs, as do the tiles she includes in her steps illustration.

UPDATE August 2023: The link to Annette’s blog no longer works. Until it is repaired, here for your convenience are her steps:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hilgabo, tangle and deconstruction by Annette Plaga-Lodde. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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2 comments to How to draw HILGABO

  • Joyce

    Nice! I was able to make an entire pattern run, and it was quite fun. I did a different floating box each time, but that’s only because I have to have variety and movement everywhere 🙂 .

    Thank you for this pattern, Annette! I noticed your initials on your tiles; when looking at them vertically, I can see your APL, but when looking at them turned 90 degrees to the left, I see the cutest little bird formed by your letters. At first, I thought that was intentional, but now realize it’s just my very active imagination at work.That “bird,” though, sure is cute!

  • This looks like a fun one! Annette, I LOVE your sample tile. In particular, the “pieces” of Knightsbridge dancing along the bottom of your tile just made me smile. 🙂 I’m looking forward to drawing Hildago!

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