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How to draw LEEF-ISH

Zentangle pattern: Leef-ish. 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.Whoo hoo, it’s Friday and this weekend we have the semi-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup!

Anyone else watching the qualifying matches from Japan for the last month or so? As with all the other major sports’ World Cups, the RWC also takes place once every four years. This year the participating RWC national teams managed to continue through Typhoon Hagibis and now four teams have reached the semis.

Ranked second in world rugby, England have their work cut out for them tomorrow because they meet the legendary and world first-ranked New Zealand All Blacks. On Sunday, 3rd-ranked Wales meets 4th-ranked South Africa’s Springboks. Interesting how the teams ranked as the top four in the world have all made it through the qualifying rounds to the semi-finals. Rugby titans clash all weekend long.

As you may know my hubbie Robert was born in England — and his youngest brother Stuart is a legend in the world of rugby statistics (“Rugby statistician for the 6 Nations, Lions, Premiership, PRO14, and Leicester Tigers“) — at least one of us 😉 is keeping a close eye on this year’s Rugby World Cup. At this stage of the competition, I’ll be enjoying these matches too.

Ah, you came here to find a new tangle so let’s get on with it …

Leef-ish is from Ohio CZT Lee Kay, and it’s her first on the site.

In her first sample tile Lee combines Leef-ish with the Zentangle®-original Crescent Moon.

Lee tells us a little about herself and how Leef-ish came about,

In addition to loving everything Zentangle, I am an avid gardener and love all tangles organic and plant-like.

Two of my favorites are Pokeroot and Pokeleaf. Pokeroot was one of the first tangles I learned; I use it regularly and love that it shows up in so much of what Maria and Rick share in their work. It feels like gardening and Zentangle merging!

This was a tangle I created while playing with and reimagining Pokeleaf even before I showed up to a class with Judy Montgomery, CZT. During the class I had some of my tiles lying out on the table and she took a look at it. She asked me the name, and I had no answer! I told her I had made it up.

It is through encouragement from Judy and Joan Stark (another TanglePatterns contributor) that I am offering up this tangle I call Leef-ish.

I named it because it can look like a leaf, or a fish.

In my mind it lends itself well to tangleation and as reticula to hold fragments and get filled with other kinds of patterns. I hope folks enjoy it.

For my example of Lee’s Leef-ish I didn’t have room to create the random look she achieved to my satisfaction, and besides I need a little order in my life right now. So I created a simple “orderly” ribbon-style version of this fun tangle. Lee’s lovely examples show a range of ways to explore her tangle.

Lee illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Leef-ish below and her example tile includes some interesting fill variations to explore. As she notes, you can fill them with pretty much anything your heart desires.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Leef-ish, tangle and deconstruction by Lee Kay. 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. 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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Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

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