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How to draw KAZUMA

Zentangle pattern: Kazuma. 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.Welcome to another wonderful week of possibilities and potential! I hope you are enjoying your own special adventure …

And speaking of adventures on Friday we visited the tropical Sees, today Canadian tangler Cyndi Knapp takes us to the Ugandan savannah and Lake Mburo National Park where she vacationed recently, staying at the Mihingo Lodge (be sure to explore that link!) located within the park.

Kazuma, an easy grid-based tangle, named from “one of the room names at Mihingo Lodge” was inspired by Cyndi’s trip.

Mihingo Lodge is “Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature.”

Talk about an inspiring vacation, wowzah.

Lake Mburo National Park is located “approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.” According to Wikipedia:

The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, African leopard, and over 300 bird species. At 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi), the park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks.

Cyndi writes:

Kazuma (ka-zoo-ma) transpired as I tangled. All the while, I had a feeling it was familiar but it wasn’t until after I finished the pattern that I realized Steps 1 & 2 were identical to Jago, my last pattern published. That’s certainly a testament as to how an incredible vacation can clear your mind!

It’s a simple grid pattern with an organized starburst effect. For me, the “cat eyes” gave it a somewhat 3D effect as my focus kept changing between the stars, cat eyes, octagonal section (stars and cat eyes combined) and fluted cross. The illustration also shows the pattern without filler, giving it an open lacy effect suitable as a background.

I liked the name Kazuma and it seemed to suit the starburst design of the pattern.

Tip: To keep my focus and ensure I didn’t miss any strokes, I found it easiest to draw the arms (Step 2) one direction at a time in all of the squares before drawing the next arm.

Likewise with the cat eyes – I drew them in one direction before turning the tile to draw them in the other direction.

Great tips! There are so many ways to shade/fill/color Kazuma, for my main rendering above I emphasized the “organized starburst” part of the design with a solid graphite fill and in so doing the cat eyes seemed to pop out emphasized by their white backgrounds.

Cyndi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Kazuma below where she features it in a cool yin-yang Zendala.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Kazuma, tangle and deconstruction by Cyndi Knapp. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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And I hope you enjoyed our little excursion into Uganda’s savannah.

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