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How to draw KLOMP

Zentangle pattern: Klomp. 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.It appears we’ve got a New York CZT roll going here so far this week.

Today’s Klomp tangle comes from Jody Genovese who shared her whimsical TunnelVizion with us recently.

Not only do we have Klomp today, but shortly it’s “sister” tangle Wink will follow so stay tuned.

To my mind, both Klomp and Wink share DNA with a tangle from 2013, CZT® Jane Eileen Malone’s 8’s and all its siblings. I love all these dot grid tangles.

However, for Jody the DNA came from another source as she explains:

I was working on Tomàs Padrós’ Meshmerize, a pattern I love, but invariably mesh up, err mess up every time I draw it. I was taking a break and drawing some dots and connectors in my journal when a grid pattern started to appear.

This one kept nagging at me. It reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then it hit me. Dutch wooden shoes. I googled them. I found a Dutch pair called Klomp that covered the foot to the ankle..voila! I think this is what a Zentangle® Klomp might look like.

This would be many Klomps stacked in your closet because although they are fancy to behold alas they are not comfortable to wear. According to an article from the Smithsonian they caused severe damage to the feet of 19th century Dutch farmers. I won’t go into the gory details, but it did make for an interesting read. You truly learn something new every day. There is quite a history behind them with one article claiming only 30 shoe makers remain today.

Dutch Shoes - from Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, by Berkh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Thanks for sharing your research Jody, those Dutch klompen always looked like ankle-breakers to me … but I digress …

Jody demonstrates Klomp in a Zendala with a great version of Tomàs’s Membranart:

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Klomp below where she includes Klomp in three lovely tiles with some Zentangle-original tangles.

How to draw the tangle pattern Klomp, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Jody Genovese.

Jody concludes, “I’ve also include a mini stepout for how to turn Klomp into a border/ribbon. This idea hit me at the very last minute and it really only seems to work with this pattern because when finished the orientation is straight rather than angled.

Jody also included a Zendala featuring Klomp as a ribbon-style tangle:

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10 comments to How to draw KLOMP

  • This is a great tangle Jody, very nice as a filler and beautiful as a border; special but easy to form.
    I have grown up on the countryside and I saw many older people still wearing such “klompen” (plural form of klomp) I also had a pair, just for fun, not really to wear.
    It is always interesting to read some background together with the publication of a new tangle, thank you Jody, thank you Linda!

    • Jody Genovese

      Hi Ria,
      Maybe I should rename this to the plural version?? I always associated these shoes with costumes and never really thought about them being actual footwear. I sometimes try to name so that I can do a little ‘research’.
      I’m a huge fan of your patterns Ria so I really appreciate your support.

  • Lise

    This one is really intriguing Jody, I love the patterns you create. I’m already thinking about including it in my 100 days of art….thanks!!!

    • Jody Genovese

      Lise that is wonderful! Thank you so much for you kind words. It means so much and puts me on the hunt for more patterns 🙂

  • Great pattern Jody. I just had my first play with it and it comes together more easily that I expected from looking. I love the potential for embellishment. I plan to work with Klomp for a bit before moving onto its more complex cousin!

    • Jody Genovese

      Hi Jem,

      Thanks for the note. I think you will find Wink is just as easy. The diamond is replaced with the seed and all else is the same. The difference is that the seed forces it to be at an angle where the diamond gives you more flexibility with your direction. Very deceiving..
      I could not get Meshmerize right any time I did it and I absolutely love that pattern along with everything Tomas does. This is my quirky cousin version in honor of that. I truly appreciate your feedback as you are someone I follow.

  • Debbie Raaen

    I’ve already used this several times Jody. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dessie Arnold

    This pattern, if the inner curves and outer curves are lined up so that they mirror one another, look like a bunch of violin bodies! I love it!

    • Jody Genovese


      Have you drawn it this way? If so where have you posted? I would LOVE to see. Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment!

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