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How to draw UBIKO

Zentangle pattern: Ubiko. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Ubiko (pronounced U – B – Co) is a bold, dramatic tangle to explore and it’s from Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp who recently shared her Jive & Jazz tangle with us.

Cyndi introduces her tangle and explains how she came up with the name,

It’s always interesting where tangling leads you, whether you’re tangling a tangle or creating a new pattern.

Case in point, the inspiration for Ubiko (pronounced U – B – Co) was modern wallpaper with a simple elongated teardrop design but this pattern ended up more detailed, resembling an African design.

I decided the name should start with a “U” and since the pattern reminded me of an African print, I toyed with names I thought sounded African. In doing so, I was reminded of the movie “Cry Freedom”. So when I combined the “U” with the name “Biko”, that was it!

It’s easy and fun to tangle but to get the center lines and pattern as uniform as possible, I had to slow down and take a little care.

Step 6 shows Ubiko in it’s simplest form to give tanglers a blank canvas, so to speak.

The illustration shows some of the ways it can be resized, filled, shaded and aura’d, making it a versatile pattern to use as either a border, ribbon or background.

About Cry Freedom from Amazon:

The tension and terror that is present-day South Africa is powerfully portrayed in director Richard Attenborough’s sweeping story of black activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington) and a liberal white newspaper editor who risks his own life to bring Biko’s message to the world. After learning of apartheid’s true horrors through Biko’s eyes, editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) discovers that his friend has been silenced by the police. Determined not to let Biko’s message go unheard, Woods undertakes a perilous quest to escape South Africa and bring Biko’s remarkable tale of courage to the world. The riveting, true story offers a stirring account of man at his most evil and most heroic.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ubiko below where she features it with some variations in a lovely Zentangle tile with the Zentangle-originals Printemps and Betweed.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Ubiko, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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