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How to draw GINGO

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.Taiwan CZT Lisa Chang shares her Gingo tangle with us today.

Her abstract deconstruction of Ginkgo biloba leaves is her second tangle on the site.

Gingo is a sweet organic tangle that’s open to a variety of configurations and it’s so simple and pleasing to tangle. It “almost” shades itself where the strokes converge.

Ginkgo biloba on Wikipedia

By James Field (Jame) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

According to this article:

Ginkgo biloba is known as a “living fossil tree”. It is a mysterious tree old species. The ginkgo tree’s genetic line spans the Mesozoic era [an interval of geological time from about 252 to 66 million years ago] back to the Triassic period. Closely related species are thought to have existed for over 200 million years.

Also known as maidenhair-tree, the leaf shape and other vegetative organs are identical to fossils found in the United States, Europe, and Greenland. The contemporary ginkgo is cultivated and does not exist anywhere in the wild state.

… The Ginkgo leaf is fan-shaped and often compared to a “duck foot”. It is about 3 inches across with a notch dividing into 2 lobes (thus biloba). Numerous veins radiate out of the base with no midrib. The leaf has a beautiful fall yellow color.

Here is one of Lisa’s Gingo interpretations in a beautiful Renaissance tan Zendala tile with some wonderful dewdrops:

Lisa writes,

I was a music teacher who retired five years ago. After a busy teaching life, Zentangle® entered my life. My first tangle was Fe-Ba.

I really like the beauty of the curve, and I was waiting to find a curve-filled pattern.

The inspiration for this pattern is from Ginkgo Leaves, simple lines and repeating strokes, such elegant and organic beauty.

They can be separated or overlapped with each other, can be arranged in the same direction or at random.

In this lovely tile Lisa has connected Gingo in a Betweed-like fashion:

In this tile Lisa includes the Zentangle-original Printemps with some floating dewdrops/bubbles/orbs.

Lisa illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Gingo below.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Gingo, tangle and deconstruction by Lisa Chang. 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 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. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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