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How to draw PENA

Zentangle pattern: Pena. 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.Today we are exploring the easy and interesting Pena, a ribbon-style tangle from Japanese tangler Hiromi Fukuoka and it’s her first on the site.

Curious about the meaning of the pretty given name “Hiromi”, we learn from Wikipedia:

Meaning: Generous beauty, although it can have other meanings depending on the kanji [Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system] used.

I also discovered there’s a town in Japan with her last name, Fukuoka – “known for ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls“.

Hiromi has generously shared her Pena tangle with us. She writes,

Hello! My name is Hiromi Fukuoka and I’m from Japan. I’m attending CZT #34 seminar this June to be CZT.

I came up with this tangle called Pena, when I was drawing orbs continuously along with a line.

I thought it looked like something was marching there. And then when I changed some of the simple orbs to oval orbs, I discovered that the tangle has more dynamic movement in it.

To make variations of the tangle, you can make this “marching” in many ways; short or long or thin or thick.

Pena is one of those tangles that you really don’t have to think about, it just comes naturally. I don’t know the reason Hiromi named her tangle Pena but as I was tangling my example I thought the orbs shapes rather resembled peanuts in the shell. That’s my farfetched theory anyway 😉

By Texnik – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Update: After I drafted today’s post I wrote Hiromi asking about the name Pena and she replied, “My tangle is called Pena because when I saw the tangle, I thought of peanuts.” Farfetched theory not so farfetched after all!

Hiromi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Pena below and she features it in a simple monotangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Pena, tangle and deconstruction by Hiromi Fukuoka. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Happy Victoria Day to all our friends and rellies in “The North”

Although Robert and I’ve lived in the U.S. for almost 40 years, I’m Canadian and all my wonderful family lives there so we always celebrate Canadian holidays as well as American ones. Lucky us (two Thanksgivings!)! Today is a federal holiday in Canada observed “at least since 1845” celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th).

I have happy childhood memories of enjoying Victoria Day fireworks and afterwards heading indoors for steaming cups of hot chocolate to help thaw us out. And snacks of toast fingers for dipping in the chocolate. Simple pleasures, memory treasures.

Victoria Day is celebrated on the last Monday before May 25 and sort of unofficially kicks off the summer in Canada (which the weather usually ignores). The holiday sometimes coincides with our Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the U.S., which is celebrated on the last Monday of the month. For some fun facts about Queen Victoria, visit this page.

Victoria Day

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