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How to draw ARCO

Zentangle pattern: Arco. How to draw the Zentangle pattern Arco, tangle and deconstruction by Susanna Redaelli. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Today we have another cool and versatile grid-based tangle named Arco.

Arco is from Italian CZT Susanna Redaelli who recently shared her Rosone tangle with us.

Susanna first introduced her Arco fragment to her Zentangle® students at a class where “The theme was mosaic art, its historical origins and how the mosaic visually evolved over time.

Arco is a simple fragment (aka grid square) and very easy to tangle but it can also be a little tricky because it kind of takes shape before you know it. You’ll see what I mean when you give it a tangle.

Susanna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Arco here on her blog. Susanna shows several Zentangle tiles with examples demonstrating Arco including an interesting ribbon-style version. Be sure to click on the steps image so you can download the enlarged version. You can also click on her lovely examples images to enlarge them to study them better.

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3 comments to How to draw ARCO

  • Suzie

    I went to the link posted & didn’t see any “step by step” instructions… All I saw was a completed picture of the tangle, nothing more.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Suzie, thanks for your comment, it’s a good one and I shall attempt to explain 😉

      Susanna’s “steps” shows a fragment for Arco.

      The Zentangle Method’s concept of fragments (refer to the Zentangle Terminology page) is that a fragment can be placed inside a grid (reticula, -um) in many different ways to produce various end results. For example it can simply be repeated as is, which is what produces the Arco tangle.

      But the fragment can also be mirrored, rotated, flipped, and so on within a grid. This makes for lots of fun experimentation with a tangle’s fragment.

      Hope that helps!

  • Joyce Bruns

    I like Arco. It has a nice wavy look to it, and it’s easy to draw. Thanks for sharing it with us, Susanna.

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