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How to draw LOXO

Zentangle pattern: Loxo. 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 everyone!

Are you ready for a safari?!

Today we take a trip to South Africa with CZT Milde Weiss to explore her easy safari-inspired Loxo tangle.

Loxo is interesting for its inspiration, shown here, and also because a graphite-filled tortillion is used to add detail. Failing a grungy tortillion, a very light touch with a pencil followed up by smoothing with a tortillion will do the job. (My example is a combination of both.) Can you guess what this is?

Photo © Milde Weiss, her inspiration for Loxo.

Milde explains:

We have been visiting the Kruger National Park for the past 3 weeks and had some wonderful game sightings.

The elephants always fascinate me and after taking a close-up picture of an elephant hide, the following tangle, Loxo, resulted.

A quick Google search turns up the following:

“The Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.”

Kruger National Park is vast, little wonder Milde needed three weeks. Wikipedia says it “covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.”

Milde also sent along this fabulous photo with the note “I just can’t resist the temptation to attach one of the pictures I snapped in the Kruger National Park – for your enjoyment!” I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing it with you too.

© Milde Weiss.

How magnificent !

And now for Loxo. Milde’s first Zentangle® tile includes the Zentangle-originals Pokeleaf and Pokeroot.

Zentangle © Milde Weiss


Of her second tile she writes, “In the sepia variation I alternated lines with solid parts and used a white Gellyroll 10 (I love that pen!) to add the curved lines.” This tile includes the Zentangle-original Gneiss and lots of radiating auras.

Zentangle © Milde Weiss

Milde illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Loxo below. “Start by drawing irregular vertical lines, which are then intersected by curved lines, alternating the upwards and downwards curves. Round the corners and shade.” The tangle enhancer called Rounding and the graphite curves finishing the sections off really make this tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Loxo, tangle and deconstruction by Milde Weiss. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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8 comments to How to draw LOXO

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    This is a fabulous post ! Milde’s tangle is so unique and I love the leopard…All cats are my babies !!! Love them all…

  • Linda Dochter

    Your use of a tortillon as a “pen” is so innovative. I see many applications of this technique to other tangles as well.

  • Kellie May

    Neat!!!! Love it!

  • Matt W.(aka mattski1208czt)

    Love the rustic, organic feel to this tangle. Definitely will be using this tangle. I visited Kruger National Park back in the 90’s and have many fond memories of the short safari I was on. Hope you had a wonderful time!

  • Jody Genovese

    Love the organic flow to this and will definitely give it a try. Your examples are terrific. Must have been an exciting trip.

  • Bunny Wright

    I find this tangle very appealing and most satisfying to use. I too, love the organic look to it, something different, thanks Milde.

  • Milde Weiss

    Thanks for all the positive feedback, y’all. As the Kruger Park is far from where we live (1600km or 994 miles), we don’t go there very often. So this was a very special visit! I find that many of my tangle inspirations come from nature, and we are very fortunate to be within reach of seven of our smaller National Parks. Some of them even have big cats as well, Sharon!

  • Joan

    I can feel the elephant hide inspiration! Thank you Milde for a unique and interesting new tangle!

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