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How to draw KADIBRA

Zentangle pattern: Kadibra. 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.CZT33 begins this weekend in Providence, RI and there are some pretty excited tanglers just itching to get there. They won’t have to wait much longer for this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen shares another of her lovely tangles with us and Kadibra is not just pretty, it’s a very easy one to tangle.

Ria explains the source of her inspiration for Kadibra and how she named it (and it’s not, as I first thought it might be, abracadabra):

“Again, I found inspiration in a tattoo. This time not in New Zealand from the Maori people but in Brasil where the Kadiwéu indians are living.

Kadiwéu woman from Nabileque River, Brazil. Photo from the Boggiani collection. Published in 1892/ Dr. R. Lehmann-Nitsche.

By Dr. R. Lehmann-Nitsche – Public Domain (published in 1892)

In the picture above, you see a traditional Kadiwéu woman with her tattoo’s, in the picture below you can see the authentic tattoo on which my tangle is based.

It is an easy pattern and I hope you like Kadibra (Kadiwéu and Brasil).”

Ria’s Mazorito tangle was inspired by Maori tattoos as she referenced above, Kadibra “shares DNA” with her Ilac tangle.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Kadibra below, “Also with this tangle, some variations are possible. I show two and for me, the first variation looks a bit like little whales who jump in the water. I think this could be a nice border but maybe others can find also more possibilities.

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31 comments to How to draw KADIBRA

  • Susan Kelley Pundt

    Lovely pattern, Ria.

  • Sam Jordan

    Beautiful! Thank you for the lovely tangle

  • Joyce Blodgett

    What a pretty pattern!
    I like Ria’s analogy of whales jumping in the water, and that variation does, indeed, look very much like tiny whales doing a choreographed jumping dance 😀

    • After finishing this pattern, I didn’t notice that Kadibra looks a bit like little whales, jumping in the sea, only when I painted them black I saw it. I’m very glad you agree with me. I’m fond of those big animals. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • Bunny (Frances) Wright

    Very pretty tangle. I’ve just used it on an Easter egg I’m decorating…

  • Heidi Sue

    This is absolutely delightful to draw! I can’t wait to use it in my work. I’ll play with it for sure. Thank you Ria!

  • Thank you very much Heidi Sue, it is nice to “meet” you again. I’m glad you like this pattern and I wish you succes!

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I just now played with the pattern, adding a double Aura around it, and it turned out to be so pretty, I’m going to draw it that way as a card face for a very dear friend.

  • Judy Stough

    What a fascinating tangle pattern! I think it will be quite a nice looking tangle to use in various ways. I also clicked on the information about the people. The culture of Zentangle is truly a world-wide and multi-person. Thank you for such a creative Tangle Pattern!

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment. I agree with you: Zentangleart is truly a world wide and multi person. It is so nice to use patterns, made by people from all over the world and already a few times I have found inspiration in other cultures. I hope you will enjoy this one and I am sure you will find more variation!

  • Dessie Arnold

    Thank you Ria Matheussen (and Linda, of course) for this pretty new tangle! When I saw it, it reminded me of Ilac, which I love. I look forward to playing with it!

    Linda, I can always trust you to come up with tangles that are both beautiful and are guaranteed to help me get my zen on. I have tried tangles from other sites, thinking that I liked the way they look, and often they just don’t take me where I want to go mentally. I really appreciate the thought that you put into selecting the tangles that you publish, and I look forward to the days when a new one comes – sort of like a mini-Christmas present! Kadibra looks like it will be another good one, so many thanks for all you do.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Namaste, Dessie. My thanks to you too for your thoughtful words of support. Most appreciated.

    • As Linda wrote, I do appreciate your words very much and I am very glad that you like my new tangle. I hope you will have nice moments while exploring Kadibra.
      In my examples, I used every time two “curls” but you can variate to draw them bigger or use more. It is very pleasant to give your own touch to the patterns! Success.

  • Thanks to those who submit tangles and to you Linda for vetting them and then publising them on your site. You are my go to for new tangle ideas to try.

    • I am retired and finally I have a lot of time to do what I like. I enjoy drawing and search for new tangles… It is pleasant to learn every day a little bit more and to grow in this wonderful art!!! Thank you Sue for your kind comment.

  • Brenda Urbanik

    That’s a beautiful and delicate, and uncomplicated tangle Ria! So glad that we have CZT’s that are great at deciphering and stepping out these tangles. I was never gifted that way!

  • Thank you very much for your kind words Brenda. I believe that everyone can grow in this wonderful art and even can find new tangles or make interesting variations. I have not a special gift but I’m growing every day a bit by exercising. I always remember Maria’s wonderful quote: “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.” I wish you succes!

  • Sarah

    Thank you, Ria for such a beautiful and fun tangle! Your inspiration for this pattern is fascinating. I can’t wait to see what you create next! 🙂

  • As I wrote, this new tangle is based on an authentic old Indian tattoo. I am not 100% sure, but I think there is a little part of this pattern, just abough the nose of that Indian woman on the picture. You can find influences from all over the world in different patterns of Zentangle art and that is really fascinating. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • Jan Brandt, CZT

    I love your new tangle, Ria!! It has a delightful flowing grace to it. Shading is intuitive & it doesn’t need much. Thanks for adding a new one to my favorites list! 🙂

  • I’m very glad with your words Jan, indeed, this tangle needs not much to “flow”. I hope you will enjoy while drawing this one in your beautiful work!

  • Kadibra is a lovely tangle! It’s intricate, but easy. Thank you!

  • Joan Stark

    So beautiful Ria!

    • Thank you so much Joan. It is always pleasant to get feedback and I’m glad you like this one.For me, this is a very special one.When I see it, I’m always thinking about whales who jump out of the ocean and that gave me nice memories from the time we lived on the Azores.

  • Deborah Davis

    A beautiful tangle and a great story. Thank you

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