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How to draw ARKAND

Zentangle pattern: Arkand. 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.Another Monday, another easy tangle, and a sweet one at that.

A few weeks ago tangler Lynn Hensley shared her Heartsmeet tangle with us and today she’s back with her lovely Arkand.

Lynn writes,

This Fall when my son & I were in St. Louis we visited the Gateway Arch. The Arch was built on the founding site of St. Louis on the west bank of the Mississippi to signify that St. Louis was the Gateway to the West for many pioneers. It was completed in 1965 & includes a museum beneath it.

After seeing the Arch we wandered downtown into Citygarden Park. It’s a lovely park filled with water features & 24 sculptures. One sculpture that took my fancy was Samarkand, by Jack Youngerman. At the time I thought it would make a great tangle. Here is a photo I took of Samarkand.

Photo © Lynn Hensley, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. “Samarkand”, sculpture by St. Louis-born Jack Youngerman from Citygarden Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jack Youngerman, a native of St. Louis and now living in New York, is widely known for his paintings as well as his beautiful sculptures. Three weeks from today on March 25th he will celebrate his 93rd birthday.

The 63-story high Gateway Arch is an internationally-recognized symbol and an architectural marvel. Did you know you can take a tram tour to the top? A tram tour! This is from the official website:

“Gaze at over 43,000 tons of concrete and steel making an iconic, elegant arc 63 stories high into the Midwest sky.

Shaped by the inspired design of Finnish-America architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch celebrates the westward expansion of the United States and the pioneers who made it possible. Since its completion in 1965, the monument has taken millions of visitors on the trip to the top to enjoy stunning views stretching up to 30 miles to the east and west.

Begin your tour with our new, interactive pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s era animation and Gateway Arch trivia. Then, be transported 630 feet to the top of America’s tallest man-made monument. Each tram tour has an anticipated duration of 45-60 minutes.”


When I first saw Arkand I was reminded of Mary D’Angelo’s CaligraV and while the motif is similar I also really like Lynn’s Arkand concept. It can be versatile, either as a radial-style tangle as shown or with the individual fragment used in a free-form fashion.

And there are so many interesting rabbit holes related to Arkand!

Lynn illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Arkand below and describes her tile: “I put it in the center of a tan tile & used a black Micron pen & a General’s white charcoal pencil. It is surrounded by Vivi, Sand Swirl, 4Fun and Cubine.” TIP: A close look at Lynn’s first Step shows that placing a dot to give your rice shapes a target will help immeasurably with their placement.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Arkand, tangle and deconstruction by Lynn Hensley. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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