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Zentangle pattern: Hatooringkle. 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.Welcome to the first day of Autumn in our hemisphere, Spring for our tangling friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

Unquestionably a lovely time of year wherever you are.

Today we have a pretty and very easy organic tangle from Taiwan CZT Mina (Ping-Min) Hsiao.

Mina named her 14th tangle on the site Hatooringkle. Why?

Because she has combined the two Zentangle®-originals Toodles and Springkle — using only half of each tangles steps. I think Hatooringkle qualifies as a tango.

Hatooingkle is fun to tangle and open to use in all kinds of ways. Mina shares two beautiful Zendala tiles featuring her tangle to spark your creative imagination:

Her second tile uses the Project Pack #06 yin-yang, black-on-white, white-on-black concept:

Zentangle pattern: Hatooringkle. 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.After I finished my example of Hatooringkle I noticed the near-heart shapes formed in the center, it might warrant further exploration with that concept …

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hatooringkle below. Easy, peasy. Flexible. Fun.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hatooingkle, tangle and deconstruction by Mina Hsiao. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
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Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do NOT need to be a CZT. In order for patterns to be considered for they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them.

For a submission to qualify as a tangle it must be a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”) and not “a thing to draw”.

From The Book of Zentangle:

Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

Remember that tangles never start with pencil planning.

"A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines."

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For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

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    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your JPGs. (Please save me time and do not send PDFs). It also includes a link to this PDF submission form.

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14 comments to How to draw HATOORINGKLE

  • Joyce Bruns

    Mina, this is a beautiful tangle, thank you. I absolutely love it.

  • Looks like a fun play. Thanks for sharing

  • Ann Stapleton

    Beautiful!!!! Love it! A million thanks for sharing!!!

  • Nancy pearson

    Mina, thank you for sharing your Hatooringkle with us. Your black and white version is stunning!

    Thank you Linda, as always, for letting us enjoy and learn from so many artists.

    Just curious. . . Is the black portion of your round tile colored with black marker or did you cut a black and white tile and put them together? Either way it is amazing art work! Thank you for sharing.

  • Ann Stapleton

    Hi Nancy! Read your question to Mina and hope you don’t mind my interjecting a comment! I did the Project Pack 6 and enjoyed it so much that I went looking for a way to achieve the black and white paper. Found an art product called Gesso that you can acquire from Amazon. I bought a small jar and just using a small amount, I was able to cover several tiles and have plenty left for the future.
    Hope this helps answer your question!! Have fun tangling and many thanks again Mina!!

    • nancy pearson

      Ann – Thank you. I appreciate this info. I will get some.

    • Joyce Blodgett

      Hello to both Ann and Nancy! Gesso is widely available at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s crafts stores, and if there’s a JoAnn Fabrics near you, it may be available there, too. Just in case you don’t want to wait a couple days for a shipment from “Amazing” (the name for Amazon I came up with because of all they offer 🙂 )

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks so much for your input Ann, and Joyce.

      I’m not sure about this, but I think I would want to be careful with my pens on gesso (it comes in white, clear and black). You might want to do a small test first to make sure the pen tips won’t clog. Another option – and I think it’s probably less expensive – is to use a good black ink, which is what spilled in Maria’s journal to start this whole “movement” 😉

      All thoughts, experience and suggestions are most welcome …

  • Me too likes to have black spaces on my tiles and I use often a black brushpen. This kinds of pens are much better to “paint” something black than the ordinary pens we use.
    The tile of Mina is beautiful!

  • jan mustain

    I used a king size sharpie to create my black space. It worked great and is easy to tangle on.

  • Laurel Summers

    Mina — I love the tangle Hatooringkle. I spent hours today working on my first mandela, and must have “tried out” 10 – 15 tangles to fill a vital space. None woThe shape is SO pleasingly simple and the center vein can be flexible to fit anywhere. Thanks SO much!!!

  • Debbie T

    Great tangle with loads of potential

  • Jenn Brayton

    I’m glad I am subscribed to the comments newsletter since I keep discovering new tangles to explore thanks to comments people leave! Plus people also leave great tips and helpful ideas 🙂

    Wonderful tangle! Lots to play with!

  • Elizabeth

    This is a wonderful tangle! Thank you for sharing it!

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