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How to draw 1 2 3 O’LEARY

Zentangle pattern: 1 2 3 O'Leary. 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.It’s been a little while since we’ve had a new tangle from Arizona CZT Antonine Koval, today she’s back with her pretty 1 2 3 O’Leary ribbon-style tangle.

1 2 3 O’Leary reminds me of the type of borders you see around gilded picture frames. Some are very complex, others are quite simple but they’re all fascinating pieces (dare I say fragments?) of art.
Antonine introduces her tangle:

I love border, or ribbon tangles, and this one seems to flow easily and works well with other tangles.

The name of the tangle is a bit of a story. I went to the dentist, and he thought I might be grinding my teeth (ewww..) at night. I realized, though, it isn’t at night. I do it all day long. Music runs through my head all the time, especially when I am working on something. It could be Sousa marches, the Calypso song from Beetlejuice or the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves – whatever shows up in my head at the time. Rather than hum the tunes, I just grind out the rhythm silently.

Whenever I drew this tangle, I realized I was working through that old playground song ‘One, Two, Three, O’Leary’ as I made the strokes. Bouncing the ball, it is one, two, bounces and the third bounce you swing your leg up and over the ball. Here, do the first two S curves, and the third S curve continues down and around to the spiral.

Sometimes I vary the number of S curves or vary the shape of the spiral into a Printemps-like spiral or open it out into more of a Mooka type end and then add some auras there. There is a good potential for variations, I think.

1 2 3 O’Leary is a very simple tangle that enjoys shading to pop it out, and you do really get into a rhythm tangling it, no teeth grinding required. 😉

Antonine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 1 2 3 O’Leary below, “In my example, I paired it with a combination of Dewd, Flux and Fescu (Zentangle®-originals) and Hanny Waldburger’s beautiful Icantoo. (would that be Icandewd? Dewdcantoo?).

How to draw the tangle pattern 1 2 3 O'Leary, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Antonine Koval.

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11 comments to How to draw 1 2 3 O’LEARY

  • Noka Garrapy

    Love the story, Antoine, except the teeth-grinding part!!! It’s a beautiful tangle.

    Fellow Tanglers, have you done YOUR part to support We really need to keep Linda and this site going strong.

  • Mary D'Angelo

    This IS a pretty one! I love the puffy, generous rounded shapes.

  • Anna

    Lovely tangle. And its name brought back memories of playing with hard Indian Rubber ball on cement. I think I called it “123 o Larry” though, maybe it was a Canadian thing, or maybe I had a crush on a Larry during the ball bouncing time of my life. Anyhow, I’ll try it out today while humming the tune in my head!

  • What a great fun ribbon tangle. Thanks for the share.

  • An uncomplicated but gorgeous new tangle, thank you!!!

  • Nancy CZT18

    Really pretty

  • Sue Zanker

    May I suggest to all those who use and love Linda’s site here, that there is a really easy and painless way of helping to support her, even if you are an aged lady on a government pension…..If I can do it, I reckon most of you can too.
    I have arranged a permanent amount to be automatically transferred to Linda’s account from mine……it isn’t much, the cost of a cup of coffee, but even a small amount like that will add up during the year!
    This treasured woman WORKS HARD to make this site a success for us all, THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS STEP UP AND HELP HER !!!! PLEASE!!!!

  • Noka Garrapy

    Sue Zanker ~

    What a wonderful idea!!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for sharing this tangle.

  • Jessica Dykes

    Thanks Linda, for introducing me to this beautiful, graceful, “buried treasure!” Thanks to Antonine for sharing it with us! I have a cousin surnamed O’Leary. I’m going to use this tangle to create a New Year’s gift just for her! Maybe it will even inspire her to take a Zentangle class!

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