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How to draw ANIBAL

Zentangle pattern: Anibal. 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.Oh my, we’ve arrived at August already. I don’t want to shock you, but some of the craft stores are already looking like Christmas! A third of the year is devoted to Christmas retail promotions. Sigh …

UK CZT Chrissie Frampton shares her Anibal tangle with us today.

On a trip last year to Seville, Chrissie took some photos which inspired her tangle — “the first photo shows the inspiration for this tangle through the middle.

She writes,

This tangle pattern is called Anibal which was inspired by a visit to Plaza de España in Seville.

Anibal Gonzalez was the architect who designed the featured tiled Alcoves of the Province’s of Spain.

Spanish visitors choose to have their photos taken by their own Province’s alcove.

Chrissie’s photos of two of the tiled provincial alcoves:

Beautifully colorful and intricate …

According to Wikipedia, the Plaza de España was built in 1928,

“to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits … it is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture. … Today the Plaza de España mainly consists of Government buildings.

The Plaza de España has been used as a filming location, including scenes for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. The building was used as a location in the Star Wars movie series Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) — in which it featured in exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo.”

Well worth checking out the panoramic photos in the Wikipedia article, it certainly does look extra-planetary!

As for the Anibal tangle — in order to keep the shapes in Chrissie’s Steps 1 and 2 aligned, you might find it helpful to begin with the strokes in Step 3 first (follow the arrows clockwise!), this divides up the section into channels and it’s easier to judge the spacing from there. It was for me, at any rate. Unless you want to go for her “line-free” variations in the bottom two rows, then you’re on your own. (My example is rotated 180° — no up or down in Zentangle®!)

Chrissie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Anibal below where she explores several variations in her lovely Zentangle square tiles and Zendala tiles.

How to draw the tangle pattern Anibal, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Chrissie Frampton

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In this image of her Zentangle-inspired tiles (ZIA), Chrissie explores Anibal and some wide-ranging variations in color.

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6 comments to How to draw ANIBAL

  • Lovely pictures and a lovely new tangle!

  • Antonine Koval

    What a great versatile pattern! I can see this looking lacy and light or ponderous and architectural or even organic as in Chrissie’s final tile on the page. I can’t wait to see how the Zentangle community plays with this one!

  • Sharon Jerkovic CZT31

    This is such an entertaining tangle..It’s fun taking pictures when you travel and then deconstructing ones that lend their image to a new tangle !

  • Joyce

    I see a lot of fun potential with this tangle!

    In the city I used to live in for the first 64 1/2 years of my life, Christmas is such a big deal for most of the residents that all the stores, including Walmart, start setting up their Christmas stuff before the end of July! The two crafts stores up there, Michael’s (how I miss that place!!) and JoAnne’s, put up Christmas items around July 5th, only barely waiting for the 4th to be over.

  • Mary D'Angelo

    Thank you for the mini vacation! The circular tile is lovely! Like the colored ones also. This is the perfect addition to something I left unfinished yesterday. Thank you for sharing, Mary

  • Thank you so much for including Anibal on Tangle Patterns Linda. Apologies for the delay but (surprise surprise) we have been travelling. This time a cruise to Greenland and Iceland – lots of beautiful scenery but not so many patterns this time.

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