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How to draw OFLOAT

Zentangle pattern: OFloat. 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.Weekend sports-viewing is over but Le Tour is just getting started and once again Robert and I look forward to daily travels through France for three weeks without even having to pack or find our passports 🙂 …

OFloat is our easy Monday tangle and it’s from Indian CZT Aishwarya, “Aish” Darbha. It’s Aish’s first on the site.

OFloat is a lovely ribbon-style tangle and Aish shows us several creative ways to vary it in the three tiles she included as examples.

Aish created her tiles by cutting “4-inch tile size of my assorted colors of the Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Sheets“. Here’s her lovely and unusual combination of paper, inks, chalk pencil and tangles …

In this tile created on a tan Canson sheet, Aish again includes the Zentangle-original Striping and CZT Margaret Bremner’s Ionic.

Aish describes how when she finished her tan tile her Mom helped her name OFloat,

I finished my tan tile and excitedly showed it to my mom and asked her what it resembles to, and in an instant, she said, that it looks like Oil Floating over water and we both agreed on how some patterns appear over our Indian Curries, when oil mixes with the water. So, that inspired me to keep this tangle named as OFloat for “Oil Float”.

Aish introduces herself:

My Name is Aishwarya Darbha, aka “Aish”. Last year in October 2018, I graduated as CZT32. I live in Delhi, India.

My journey with Zentangle started in late 2015. From the very minute, I tangled, I knew it would be very hard to resist myself. I felt this was my Higher Call and I am chosen to add something valuable to myself and many others along this path. Zentangle also fitted with my past background. My first encounter with painting (at age 4 or 5), that I remember, when I saw my mother oil-painting Lord Ganesha on a canvas. And then at age seven, I told her, that I have three wishes in my life – that I would be a monk or become an artist or serve others as nurse. Just as I said, life shifted in different ways, that I got opportunity to serve as a monk for sometime and years later when Zentangle happened, I knew I was fulfilling my childhood desire as an artist.

As a Zentangle Artist, I practice my art as a part of my daily routine, spending many hours of creating beautiful abstract art following Zentangle Method™. I believe there is no end in learning this form of art, since each abstract drawing is different from the other, and one can never be able to create an identical art.

In her third tile Aish illustrates several more ways to embellish the basic tangle.

Aish illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing OFloat here on her blog. July 2020: Aish’s blog has gone missing in the ether so until she contacts me with an update, here for your convenience are her steps for OFloat.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern OFloat, tangle and deconstruction by Aish Darbha. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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