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How to draw PIP-IN

Zentangle pattern: Pip-in. 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.Today’s unusual Pip-in tangle is from Dutch CZT Anoeska Waardenburg and it’s her first on the site.

Anoeska introduces herself:

“I live in the Netherlands in a little town called Gouda. (Yes, that’s where the cheese comes from.)

In the summer of 2015 I went to Rhode Island to become a CZT 20. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t tangled since. Oh well, maybe the day my little boy was born, but aside from that I tangle daily.

I love teaching Zentangle to others and I love it even more when people make it their own.”

I felt like a quick trip to The Netherlands to learn a little more about Anoeksa’s home town of Gouda, an ancient town in South Holland.


Gouda’s Cheese Market – Gouda, Niederlande, Stadtzentrum

“Gouda is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands with a population of 72,338.

Gouda is world-famous for its Gouda cheese, which is still traded on its cheese market, held each Thursday. Gouda is also known for the fabrication of candles, smoking pipes, and stroopwafels.

Gouda used to have a considerable linen industry and a number of beer breweries.

The world-famous Gouda cheese is not made in the city itself but in the surrounding region. It derives its name from being traded in Gouda where the city council imposes stringent quality controls.” ~ Wikipedia

I’m a serious lover of all things caramel, so I just know I’d love stroopwafels!

How to eat a stroopwafel (8557345379)

How to eat a stroopwafel – A stroopwafel is placed over a hot drink to warm it and soften the syrup.

Okay, now for Pip-in. How did Anoeska come up with her Pip-in tangle and its name?

“This is actually a tangle I envisioned while I was half a sleep. Our baby boy (who was then 4 months) kept me awake that night. And while I dozed off I started tangling in my head. Very Zen as you probably know. Then I found myself tangling this tangle that I didn’t know yet… So when I woke up I reached for my pens and started drawing.

Naming a tangle is something that I find difficult. So I started thinking… Then it hit me. Who was the one that kept me awake so that I could ‘dream up’ this tangle? My son! His second name is Pepijn, the Dutch version of Pippin. So Pip-in seemed like a great name for this tangle.”

For my example of Pip-in I used one of Anoeska’s variations along with her suggestion to mirror it.

Anoeska illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Pip-in below where she features it in three lovely Zentangle tiles. Anoeska notes, “In the white example I’ve also used the tangles Slowpoke, Quirkles and a tangleation of Crescent Moon. The other two examples are monotangles. See how I mirrored the tangle on the black tile? I love it like that!” I like Anoeska’s back-to-back version on the Renaissance tile too. So many ways to play with ribbon-style tangles.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Pip-in, tangle and deconstruction by Anoeska Waardenburg. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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17 comments to How to draw PIP-IN

  • Congratulations Anoeska, Pip-in is a lovely tangle.

  • Mary D'Angelo

    How interesting! Thank you for sharing your story. I do best work while just on the edge of being asleep, too. Your drawings are lovely.

  • Ruth Sands

    I like your design very much AND also your story about “Gouda”. Many years back, my husband and I were in Gouda and toured a cheese factory near there…loved it. I haven’t heard of or tasted stroopwafels, but they surely look like a great idea!
    Thanks for the tangle.
    Ruth from Vancouver, Canada

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Ruth, I’m glad you enjoyed my exploration of Gouda and of course Anoeska’s tangle. I haven’t had stroopwafels either and I highly doubt I can get them in south Florida. I wish!

  • Joyce

    Such a beautiful tangle! I’ve been sick for months now, and only in the last day or two have I felt like doing anything more than sleeping, so this is going to be a delightful way to “come back to life”!

    I have had stroopwafels, and now I want one with my cup of coffee. Guess I’d better see if I can get someone to go to the store for me 🙂

  • Jody Genovese

    I love this tangle and all of your variations and examples. I also really love the name. Stroopwafels are new to me, but sound like something I would also love! I need to visit you, Marguerite and Ilonka… :o)
    Thank you for all of your inspiring work Anoeska. This is wonderful.

  • What a fun tangle. Thanks for sharing Anoeska and also the stories that you, Linda always dig up for us. Just have to go travel more, so put Gouda on the bucket list! And of course will have to try stroopwafels as that is new to me. Maybe I should set up a tour for all of us to the Netherlands and Gouda?

  • Susan Reading CZT 20

    Congratulations to my friend and fellow CZT20, Anoeska! Love your new tangle Pip-in and it looks full of possibilities! Anoeska is very creative and every January she comes up with an excellent challenge to keep us warm and toasty throughout the whole month. She calls it Zenuari, and I highly recommend you check it out and consider joining in the fun.

  • Bunny Wright

    I really like this tangle and look forward to trying it. I’m in the middle of making a wedding cake for my niece so tangling will have to wait for a couple of days! Funny you mention Stroopwafels, I actually bought some this week! I must try your warming up idea. Also I love ‘Stroop’ the wonderful thick syrup found in the middle of the waffles. No I’m not Dutch but I do love Stroopwafels!

  • Een hele leuke tangle met mooie illustratie. Top!!!

  • Anna Cheer

    I’m trying very hard to feel sympathetic about Pepijn keeping you awake, but when the result was you coming up with this terrific tangle, it’s difficult to be too sorry! It is really wonderful, thank you Anoeska.

  • Jem

    Oh – this is a good one! I love that it can be filled with other tangles. I can see so much potential. Thank you Anoeska!

  • Jyothi Krishnamurthy

    Thank you Anoeska for introducing the wonderful tangle. I am going to give it a try. Oh, by the way, I love Gouda cheese.

  • Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. Sue if you do set up a tour in Gouda, don’t forget to stop by for some tangling and stroopwafels of course! I’m looking forward to seeing your lovely tiles.
    Linda thanks for your story and research about Gouda. And thanks for having me and my tangle!

  • Melena

    I’m kinda catching up with myself here, by going backwards in the new tangles. LOL This is a wonderful tangle Anoeska. I want to try this one right away, but it may have to wait until I finish some other projects I’ve got going (I’m cracking a whole shopping bag full of walnuts LOL ) It’s hard to decide which to do next, but I will get to this tangle soon. And I loved hearing about the town of Gouda. I learn so much from Linda when she puts a spotlight on these wonderful places.

  • Hi Linda. Check your local grocery stores for Stroopwafels in the international aisle. I’ve seen them here in Houston at HEB and Walmart even had them at one time. We also have a Dutch store nearby that sells them and they’re wonderful. They are very different than any other kind of cookie that I’ve tasted.

  • Deborah J Davis

    Thank you for this beautiful, airy, tangle. I know I will be using it.

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