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How to draw TAIGA

Zentangle pattern: Taiga. 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.Spanish tangler Tomàs Padrós is back today with his Taiga tangle. Another fun exploration for us …

From its structure Taiga immediately reminded me of CZT Bunny Wright’s Heartrope. And then as I was doing my example I realized Taiga is also a twin to Sue Pearkes’s Y-Ful Power – albeit with a Tomàs Twist. I used his variation in the third set of steps for my example.

Tomàs writes,

Why Taiga? Taiga is the characteristic vegetation of cold climate septentrional zones, composed by great forests of conifers, like pines and firs.

That’s what this tangle suggests me, a forest of abstract intertwined firs.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly learned something new and expanded my vocabulary with both of those terms. Thanks Tomàs!

Tomàs illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Taiga below and explains,

On the first page I include to facilitate the understanding of the tangle the basic sequence on which the tangle is based and then I add a first option with the tangle Taiga as a border/ribbon that takes that sequence and repeats it symmetrically. Taiga in this mode does not need the reference dots. I think it’s more fun to develop the sequence in a free way. That allows you to adapt the scheme to a less straight and rigid direction, if you will.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Taiga, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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On the other hand, if you want to show the tangle in a regular grid, the provision of dots in the key places may be more useful. 

How to draw the tangle pattern Taiga, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Finally I show Taiga in its freest form, where, in addition I add the possibility of an enclosure at the ends. The result suggests arrowheads or treetops or even spacecraft. The decoration is totally free and not necessary, but it is always fun. I hope you like it.

How to draw the tangle pattern Taiga, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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13 comments to How to draw TAIGA

  • This is a fabulous tangle, I know already which pattern I’m gonna use on my next Christmas cards…

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Hello Linda/Tomas

    This is one fantastic tangle that can be interpreted in so many ways!

    Will definately be exploring this one !!

    Thank you for sharing !!

  • Lee K

    Very interesting tangle! I thought of Christmas too, Matheussen :o)

  • Jody Genovese


    The last few patterns you have presented are just fabulous. I’ve been practicing them in my sketchbook. Tiaga has a very Alpine feel. We are so blessed to have you in our community. Thank you so very much for your continued generosity. You are a gift. Hoping to see Tissooh! and All Stars out here soon too.

  • Jan

    How fortuitous for today. We are traveling in Alaska and just got the education on taiga vs. tundra. Think I’ll try it tonight. I am leaving finished tangoes in each hotel room where we stay as a thank you. Take a picture first fir my records. Have a great day and thanksfor the new pattern!

  • Belinda Alonso

    I’m really fascinated with this tangle. It’ll be one of my favs. Thanks for sharing

  • Nancy pearson

    Tomas Taiga is awesome! All varieties-wild, regular and border! Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you, Linda, for making it possible for us to learn and enjoy so many tangles from so many artists.

  • Milde Weiss

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to try this one.

  • Tomas Padrós

    I am delighted with your comments. I always thank you very much. Ria and Lee K. Thank you very much for your words. Interestingly, the first time I used Taiga was last December for a Christmas postcard tile. Jody and your warm comment, you have encouraged me from the beginning, you are always a gift to me. Happy coincidence, Jan. I’m sure you’ve been surrounded by wonderful landscapes. Sharon, always there, Belinda, Nancy and Milde many thanks and hugs. Your comments are like a breeze of fresh air. And, of course, thanks to Linda and her beautiful example of Taiga.

  • Thanks, will be a fun play and as I live in the forest, many versions of tree tangles are always on my play list.

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    I love this! Thank you, Tomas and Linda, for a beautiful tangle.

  • What a fabulous tangle! It reminds me of mi2 in its construction. Thank you, Thomas, for sharing it!

  • Born and raised in the Yukon. I love this tangle SO much. Thank you!

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