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How to draw DECOO

Zentangle pattern: Decoo. 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.A very happy Monday to you and many thanks for your comments and email wishes making my birthday yesterday so special.

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For our Monday tangle we’re exploring another fun and easy one from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen. Decoo has loads of interesting potential as you’ll see in Ria’s illustrations.

Ria enjoys going on tangle hunts and she explains how Decoo came about and describes a few ways to use it:

In the past I have found inspiration in Art Nouveau (Horti) and Art Deco (Nouvart) and now again I searched in that area.

Decoo was inspired by a detail of an Art Deco work, shown here.

There a lot of “Printemps” used in this tangle that can be drawn as a ribbon or border, or as a filler.

As background you can place every “stroke” in the same direction or you can mirror, which gives a totally different result. Many variations are possible and I have found a few of them.

Decoo is easy to draw and easy to combine with other tangles. I have made my strokes straight but also curved ones are possible.

I explored the fun mirrored version of Decoo Ria shows below but in the end decided on the basic form to use for my example. There are lots of fun ways to go with this one!

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Decoo here and she includes suggestions for ways to vary it, including that fun mirrored version. “Under the steps I have made a composition with two other patterns, I like to use regularly: Phroz and Fassett.

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

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20 comments to How to draw DECOO

  • Chrissie

    This is a lovely tangle Ria. I will definitely put it on my ‘to try’ list.

  • Frances Wright

    Ooh, I like this. I love art deco as well! I will enjoy using it, thanks.

  • Susan Kelley Pundt

    Looks like a great pattern Ria

    • Thank you very much Susan for your kind comment. As you can see on the picture, I simplified the pattern on the picture but there are many options to bring variation in Decoo and/or fill/colour the spaces between the “Printemps”. I hope you have fun while exploring Decoo

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    I love this one, Ria! This will work well with my current passion, Klimt ribbons! Thank you, Ria and Linda!

  • Wow Jennifer, Klimt ribbons, that sounds fantastic, it is a wonderful challenge and I’m glad you can use Decoo. As I wrote in the other replies, I’m sure, more variations are possible. This pattern is very basic and you can fill or add as much as you want. Thank you very much for this compliment.

  • Jody Genovese

    I really like your inspiration for this one Ria. I agree this can go in a million different directions. Thank you for another great launch pad. Adding to my list! 🙂

    • By filling the spaces between the smaller and the bigger “Printemps” (as on the pic) you can get more depth and the tangle gets a total different look, I’m glad you see that and I thank you very much for this nice compliment! It’s always pleasant to go” hunting” and finding something familiar but still different…

  • Put it in the play file. Be intersting to see where this one take me.
    Thanks Ria for the share.

  • Joyce Bruns

    Ria, I love this! Thank you for sharing it.

    Linda, I didn’t know you had had a birthday, so, belatedly, Happy Birthday! Bask in the glow all week!

  • Luc Bosmans

    Zeer bruikbaar patroon. Vooral de gespiegelde versie geeft mooie resultaten.

    Google Translate; Very useful pattern. Especially the mirrored version gives great results.

  • Ja Luc, dat is ook mijn favoriet maar ik geef eerlijk toe dat je dan bijzonder goed moet opletten m.b.t. de juiste richting van de krulletjes van Printemps. Zelf heb ik die eerste keer een paar foutjes gemaakt. Ik heb altijd wat moeite met logica.
    Dank je wel voor je comment.

    Google Translate: Yes Luc, that is also my favorite but I honestly admit that you have to pay particular attention with regard to the correct direction of the curls of Printemps. I myself made a few mistakes that first time. I always have trouble with logic.
    Thank you for your comment.

  • Lise Orwig

    I have always loved anything art deco and this is perfect for me!! Thank you so much for sharing, Ria:)

  • M.L. Wolf

    I always love Art Deco patterns. thank you for the source of inspiration and the wonderful tangle instructions.

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