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How to draw RAVEL

Zentangle pattern: Ravel. 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 another fine Monday on Planet Earth, early signs of Autumn are already beginning to appear in some northern places. Pumpkin lattes have been sighted 🙂

Not only that, Costco have their Christmas trees up and gigundous tins of Walkers Shortbread in stock!

Today we have another wonderful Zentangle®-original tangle to explore.

Ravel is a tangle we’ve seen for a few years now, it appeared in 2016 without tangle instructions in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1.

The step-by-step instructions for Ravel were first shared with Certified Zentangle Teachers in our private newsletter early this summer, so some of you have been exploring it in classes with your local CZT. Then last week the steps were posted in the paid subscription version of the Zentangle Mosaic app.

At long last Ravel has been shared publicly in the latest Zentangle newsletter so everyone can enjoy exploring this fun and versatile tangle.

Rick writes that Ravel has also “been appearing in Maria’s artwork for years.  … We thought it was about time we shared the step out for this wonderful tangle with you all.”

As for the name, according to Reddit:

What is the difference between ravel and unravel?

Ravel is used for weaving and other cloth-like speech and it is a noun and verb. As threads are unwoven, they become a tangle. As threads are raveled, they become a ravel. … And that’s why ravel and unravel mean the same thing — because as verbs, they are the same thing.


Origin of ravel – First recorded in 1575–85, ravel is from the Dutch word rafelen. [Wiktionary Translation: to become unraveled.]

And this woven tangle is Ravel.

Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ravel here in the latest newsletter which also includes several beautiful and inspirational examples of Ravel tiles.


UPDATE July 20, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Rick tangles Ravel at 09:12 in this video.


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4 comments to How to draw RAVEL

  • Dessie Arnold

    And here I was thinking that there was somehow a tie-in with Maurice Ravel, the amazing French composer!

    I’m so glad they’ve released the stepouts for this, I would appreciate more clarity on when to use or not use the checkerboard along one of the threads, as well as some of what looks like interweaving in some of the tiles. Probably living with it and playing with it will reveal those things.

    Thanks, Linda for making this our Monday tangle! I appreciate all you do!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Dessie, as always I sincerely appreciate your moral support 🙂

      I’ll take a crack at your questions. My guess is the checkerboard is an embellishment to use or not depending on what YOU want to do. And the same for the interweaving, as much or as little as pleases you, how much you have room for, and how much you’re enjoying doing the tangle and want to keep going.

      A study of Maria’s tiles is always helpful for inspiration. As you say, living with it and playing with it will reveal all …

      This is also an invitation for everyone else to chime in with their thoughts …

  • Donna

    Hi Linda and All contributors

    I appreciate all this terrific sharing and artistic fun stuff going on here. This is a great place to visit time and time again to keep learning!!

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