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How to draw ISLA

Zentangle pattern: Isla. 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.Happy Monday y’all, I hope you’ve been keeping warm through this incredible cold snap we’re having right now and enjoying a nice long weekend.

In keeping with the cold theme, today I’ve reached back into the archives for an interesting and fun tangle from Belgian CZT Rita Nikolajeva.

Isla is Rita’s fourth tangle on the site. “This one reminds me of some orchids, or else Islandic moss (hence Isla).

When I think of Iceland, I definitely think “cold”. And their amazing national football team with their signature “Viking clap” but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.

When Rita posted Isla in her flickr account she explained that it was inspired by patterns she observed on “beautiful kerchiefs” being worn at the time by Polish Airlines flight attendants.

On flickr, look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen to download the steps.

While the steps demonstrate a radial or sunburst type of design, Isla can fit into all kinds of shaped segments in a Zentangle tile. Shading does add a bit of contour to Isla but it’s not really necessary for an effective result. I particularly enjoyed the inking part of Isla, very soothing indeed …

Rita illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Isla here on her flickr account.

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