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How to draw GELIJOY

Zentangle pattern: Gelijoy. 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.German CZT Nadine Roller writes she named her lovely tangle Gelijoy, because “With patience (GEduld in German) and love ( LIebe means love) comes JOY!”

Nadine was so delighted when she deconstructed this tangle that she sent me an email very late one night “from the nightowl in Cologne“:

I love these arrows as basic pattern. It is very versatile and it is so much fun tangling.

I got on a happy and cool roll last weeks while getting to the bottom of this pattern.

It is all about little curvy arrows that can be arranged as a border tangle, as a blossoming flower tangle, as a vining tangle or as a tangle to fill.

I am as keen as mustard with this pattern, because it is so versatile and brings so much joy to me.

“Keen as mustard” is a new expression for me, but I immediately knew what Nadine meant. Definitely going to use that one when the opportunity arises!

I explored several of the ways Nadine notes Gelijoy can be arranged in a composition and ultimately settled on a “radial” version for my example. It’s definitely a pleasure to tangle whatever arrangement you choose.

Nadine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gelijoy here on her blog where you can enjoy several interesting examples of ways to explore this lovely tangle.

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