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How to draw SIKITO

Zentangle pattern: Sikito. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Just back from an amazing road trip to Brittany in France, German CZT Simone Menzel shares her pretty Sikito tangle with us today.

Simone found the inspiration for Sikito in her own kitchen on her matching plates and kitchen towels. “I bought it because of the lovely pattern and thought about the deconstruction some time…. Finally I found this one.”

Simone notes that the name for her tangle is simple, “SImone’s KItchen TOwel 🙂 ” Zentangle pattern: Sikito. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.On her blog post Simone demonstrates the steps to replicate this plate/towel design but she also shows it as a fragment that can be used in a grid or as a ribbon-style tangle.

For my main example of Sikito above I chose to use the fragment in a grid, and after a couple of examples I voted to use one that used less ink. The black rice shapes are striking, but my pen wasn’t up to the challenge after a couple of goes. On the right is an early attempt but when I filled in the rice shapes they became one big mass of black because I didn’t leave enough white space between them. Word to the wise.

Simone illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sikito below (with her permission of course), and here on her blog. Be sure to visit Simone’s post where she includes her wonderful expert photo-essay of her road trip from Dresden, Germany to Bretagne (Brittany), France from which she just returned. Envious, envious, envious!! (Moules et pommes frites, huîtres … oh my.)

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Sikito, tangle and deconstruction by Simone Menzel. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights.

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Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do not need to be a CZT. However, in order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com you must submit them to me by email. Here's how:

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves my memory some wear and tear.)

If your pattern is posted on your blog, be sure your email submission includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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3 comments to How to draw SIKITO

  • M.L. Wolf

    This is a beautiful tangle and I thank you so much for sharing.

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    Fabulous pattern! I would love to see this on my plates and napkins and kitchen towels every day! Linda, I like your example a lot, too!

  • Melena

    This is a beautiful tangle with so many possibilities. I’ll be using this one for sure. I love how it’s a grid but also very organic. Thank you for sharing this one with us.

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