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How to draw RATOON

Zentangle pattern: Ratoon. 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.Ratoon is the newest tangle from Zentangle® HQ, deconstructed by Maria’s daughter, CZT Molly Hollibaugh.

Ratoon was first introduced at Zentangle’s all-CZT zenAgain retreat in November 2018 and released subsequently to CZTs in their newsletter.

When I asked Molly how her new tangle came about she explained,

“The tangle was originally inspired by a Rose window in a Church that I saw. I had a photo of it that I carried around for years before finally deconstructing it.

The name was more inspired by the timing of when we decided to release it … we unveiled it at the opening class at zenAgain 2018. The theme was the Tangled Garden and we focused on seeds and roots and so forth. The word Ratoon means a root or a shoot growing off of a plant.”

As is very often the case with Zentangle, I again learned something completely new.

I wasn’t familiar with the word ratoon so I did a little research and learned that ratoon applies mostly to sugarcane – which is major agricultural business in South Florida, colloquially known as “Big Sugar” – and a process known as ratooning, or ratoon cropping.

According to Wiktionary a ratoon is:

A shoot sprouting from the root of a cropped plant, especially sugar cane. … To cut a plant, especially sugar cane, so that it will produce ratoons.

Vegetable gardens also reproduce by ratoons for those who are patient.

Derived from the Spanish word retoño (to resprout), ratoons are second crops that grow from the stumps or stubble of the first. This makes ratoon cropping different from a cut-and-come-again growth cycle, in which harvested leaves or stems are quickly replaced by new ones (chard and basil are prime examples). Ratoon crops regrow from the lowest part of the stem, or stump. – From

And there we have it for ratoons.

Rose windows are another fascinating rabbit hole to venture into. As for the tangle …

CZTs are asked not to publish Zentangle-original tangle instructions until they’ve been released publicly by Zentangle HQ. Ratoon was recently added to the Zentangle Mosaic™ app, but as that feature is only available in the paid version of the app the steps weren’t available to the general public.

On Friday Ratoon was published in the Zentangle newsletter so I’m very happy to be able to add it to TanglePatterns, especially for members of the community who aren’t paid Mosaic subscribers.

Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ratoon here in last Friday’s newsletter where you can enjoy her lovely Ratoon example in gold metallic ink on a black Bijou tile.

BTW – if you have the new TANGLE GUIDE, 2019 Edition you might have spied CZT Michele Beauchamp’s beautiful example of Ratoon tucked away in the upper left corner on the cover of the Guide. Ratoon is ratooning Safflowers.

And if you don’t have the latest GUIDE, why the heck not? It’s a win-win: you get a fantastic tangling resource and it helps me keep online for you.

Have fun ratooning!

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2 comments to How to draw RATOON

  • Melena

    I knew you were going to have this new tangle today. 🙂 YAY! I’ve tried it out a few times over the weekend and am finding I really need to concentrate on it. I draw it in my sketchbook a few times and then do the step-outs on a 4 X 6 card. Then I have it. I’m glad I’ve gotten a good start on it because Laura has it as her Diva Challenge this week. It will be fascinating to see what people come up with for this one. Thanks Linda!!

  • Chrissie Frampton

    This is a fabulous tangle and I have been addicted since it was introduced at ZenAgain in November.

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