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How to draw QUABOG

Zentangle pattern: Quabog. 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.Quabog is yet another of the earliest “official” tangle patterns, a Zentangle®-original.

I wonder if “Zentangle” went through my list looking for everything that hadn’t been published yet because they’re sure covering a lot of very old ground — and that’s a wonderful thing for we tangle fanatics.

This is the first time Zentangle HQ made a Quabog lesson public and published it online in video form.

As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, several of these “old” tangles that haven’t been publicly published before are being included in the series. I’m adding each of them to TanglePatterns so there will continue to be a few more tangles coming your way than usual..

Enoki mushrooms – inspiration for Quabog?

In this Day 5 video at 01:55 Maria demonstrates how to tangle Quabog.

As far as how Quabog got its name, Rick and Maria had this exchange:

Maria: “I think it comes from some plant that I know it was around here.

Rick: “It reminds me of those little tiny tiny mushrooms.

Maria: “Yeah they sort of look like that or little grasses that that just grow amongst each other and weave in and out.

NOTE: For future reference, the video segment for the other tangles included in this “Twelve Days of Zentangle” series can be located on the tangle’s page on TanglePatterns.

Day 5 tangles include Bunzo, Quabog, Zenith, and Ing.

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UPDATE March 20, 2021 – Project Pack #13. As part of the Layers & Transitions project pack, Maria tangles Quabog at the center of her grey tile at 05:20.

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As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. Your thanks helps motivate them to continue to share!

Check out the tag zentangle for all of the Zentangle®-original tangles with authorized online instructions.

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Zentangle Project Pack Summaries on TanglePatterns

For your convenience here are the links to all of my Zentangle Project Pack summaries:

  1. November 2017: Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens
  2. December 2017: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
  3. June 2018: A Zentangle Ensemble
  4. December 2018: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition – Making a Zentangle Spinner
  5. April 2019: Zentangle Cartouches
  6. August 2019: No Mistakes
  7. December 2019: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2019 Edition – Light and Shade
  8. March 2020: Dancing in the Moonlight
  9. April 2020: Spring has Sprung
  10. July 2020: The Legend of Zentangle
  11. September 2020: Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun!
  12. December 2020: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2020 Edition - Zentangle Renaissance
  13. April 2021: Layers and Transitions
  14. May 2021: Accessing the Artist Within
  15. Coming August 2021: Letterforms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle/li>
These are the links to my Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack summaries:
  1. January - February 2021: The Basics of the Zentangle Method

NOTE: You can always find the Project Pack Summaries by clicking on PROJECT PACKS on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar. OR by looking in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY TYPE for the tag projectpack. OR on the ZENTANGLE PROJECT PACKS page on the ZENTANGLES tab on the top menu bar of any page on the site.

Related Links

  • Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals
  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: a tangle NEVER starts with pencil planning.
  • How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
  • Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!

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