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How to draw JAVIK

Zentangle pattern: Javik. 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.After our somewhat intense-but-easy Double Double tangle on Monday, I didn’t have to search far for a delicate, easy tangle to follow up with.

Javik appeared almost immediately in my inbox.

Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen’s Javik tangle is a lovely contrast and as always Ria has a background to share with her tangle:

“Earlier than I expected I am here again with a suggestion for a new tangle: Javik (Java Batik)

After batik clothing has been put away as old fashioned for a long time, it has made a come-back and I like this beautiful special technique. Batik is well known in many countries and especially in the Island Java (Indonesia). Since 2009 this technique is classified by Unesco as World heritage.”

Wow, what a great rabbit hole I found myself in for a couple of hours.

This 7-minute UNESCO video was a link included in the fascinating Wikipedia entry for Batik and although some of the old film footage is a little blurry, it’s worth watching. It explains the batik (not to be confused with Bateek) process as well as its history and significance.

From the introduction to the video: “The techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end …

Batik is dyed by proud craftspeople who draw designs on fabric using dots and lines of hot wax, which resists vegetable and other dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

The wide diversity of patterns reflects a variety of influences, ranging from Arabic calligraphy, European bouquets and Chinese phoenixes to Japanese cherry blossoms and Indian or Persian peacocks. Often handed down within families for generations, the craft of batik is intertwined with the cultural identity of the Indonesian people and, through the symbolic meanings of its colours and designs, expresses their creativity and spirituality.”

Ria’s inspiration for Javik was an image she found here, a small “slice” is included here.

I did my best to deliver not an exact copy but a pattern with a few different details.

Javik is definitely family of Fengle and Trisnail but also different. I have chosen to draw 4 ‘leaves’ and the fourth one goes every time a little bit under. (But also three or even two “leaves” are possible). For the pattern that I have given the name Javik, it is important to draw the ‘leaves’ in the direction that I demonstrated.

It seems a bit complicated at first but after a little exercising, it is in fact a very easy one. Javik can be drawn as a border, a garland (ribbon) but can also be nice on its own or together with a whole bunch.”

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Javik below noting,

I have made a little composition with other organic patterns: Icantoo, Printemps, Fescu, Fricle and filled the open spaces with Perfs. The little dots, drawn on all the examples, are typical for the Batikstyle and I really like that. The trembled Javik gives a different result. Everyone is free to use only black/white or add some colour and also drawing a whole or a partial aura can give another result, and of course, I think much more variations can be found…”

Ria has numbered the sequence of adding the “petals” in Steps 2 and 4 however they’re a little small so I’ve added an enlargement below.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Javik, tangle and deconstruction by Ria Matheussen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Here’s the enlargement of Ria’s Steps 2 through 4. The thing to remember is to start adding the petals on the side opposite the spiral’s “opening”.

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19 comments to How to draw JAVIK

  • Jody Genovese

    Very lovely Ria. I really love all of your variations and feel like the trembly one is me before my morning coffee! This will come in handy for sure. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • I’m fond of Batik textiles, they are really beautiful and I’m glad you like this pattern. I’m sure more variations are possible and it is an easy one to combine with many other patterns. Thank you very much for your kind comment Jody.
      (my husband can’t even draw the trembled one before his morning coffee)

  • Ria, this is beautiful!! I’m always drawn to the organic/botanical tangles so I expect I’ll include this one often in my tangling time. Thank you!!

    • Me too like organic tangles, this one is an easy one to integrate in your work and I’m very glad you like it. I’m sure you can make many tangleations on this pattern. Thank you so much for your kind feedback Jan!

  • Susan Mann

    I have been favoring leaf patterns and this one is my favorite! Thank you, Ria!

    • I agree,leaf patterns are very pleasant to draw and nice in combination with others.I hope you will have relaxing moments while drawing Javik and I’m very glad with your kind words, thank you Susan.

  • Joyce Bruns

    Ria, this is lovely, I love it. You amaze me with how easily you come up with such gorgeous designs.

    Thank you for posting it, Linda.

    • Wow, Joyce what a nice compliment, thank you very much.
      Sometimes it is easy and pure by coinsidence, sometimes I search a long time to find a suitable pattern. Maybe, there are still other patterns, waiting to be explored in this beautiful Batik art!

  • Heel mooie tangle Ria, perfect bruikbaar om op natuur geïnspireerde werken te maken. Ik hou er van.
    Very beautiful tangle Ria, perfect for creating nature-inspired works. I love it.

  • Luc Bosmans

    Dit is volgens mij je beste tangle tot nu toe. Heel organisch. Ook het introductie artikel met de video over batik is de moeite. Dus ook mijn complimenten voor Linda die de tangles altijd op een originele manier voorstelt.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Many thanks Luc, it’s always interesting to me when I copy and paste comments into Google Translate to see what is being said. So it was a lovely surprise to see your compliments: “I think this is your best tangle so far. Very organic. The introduction article with the video about batik is also worth the effort. So also my compliments for Linda, who always presents the tangles in an original way.”
      Much appreciated!

      Heel erg bedankt, Luc, het is altijd interessant voor me als ik opmerkingen in Google Translate kopieer en plak om te zien wat er wordt gezegd. Zeer gewaardeerd!

    • Dank je wel Luc voor deze fijne commentaar. Het doet me plezier dat je Javik mooi vindt en ik ben het ermee eens dat de video die Linda plaatste absoluut de moeite waard is. De batikkunst is hierdoor een beetje dichter bij ons gekomen.

      Google Translate: Thank you Luc for this nice comment. I am pleased that you like Javik and I agree that the video that Linda posted is definitely worth it. This has made the batik art a bit closer to us.

  • Thank you very much Linda for a nice presentation and adding a wonderful Unesco video that learns us a lot of the art of Batik!

  • Thank you Ria! This tangle is lovely, easy to draw, and very adaptable. It has a nice organic flow. I love it!

  • Barbara Denson

    Beautiful pattern. I do love the batik designs and lean towards the botanical patterns. I’ll be using this one a lot!

  • Carol

    Thank you I enjoy very much using this site!! It’s incredible.

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