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How to draw SURYA

Zentangle pattern: Surya. 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.Continuing with what we might call a mini theme of snowflake-like tangles, today we explore Surya from German tangler Indrani Novello.

Surya is Indrani’s seventh tangle on the site, most recently she shared her angelic-looking Aydee with us.

Indrani actually came up with Surya as her first tangle several years ago, it’s another one from the archives:

I came up with this pattern when I remembered the drawings I used to do as a schoolkid using a compass from math class.

It’s also inspired by the patterns of a compass rose and depictions of a “sun in splendour”.

Surya (or suraja) is the Hindi word for “sun”.

Surya the tangle could be symbolic of the Thanksgiving Day holiday for Americans everywhere, who like the points of a compass rose may have scattered to the four winds to be with family and friends for their traditional celebrations.

What are the origins of the compass rose? According to Wikipedia,

A compass rose, sometimes called a windrose or rose of the winds, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart, or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west) and their intermediate points.

One of the earliest depictions of the compass rose is on this nautical chart from 1375:

First ornate compass rose depicted on a chart, from the Catalan Atlas (1375), with the Pole Star as north mark.

And as for a “sun in splendour”, Wikipedia explains it’s a symbol common in the heraldry of many countries,

A representation of the sun is used as a heraldic charge. The most usual form, often called sun in splendour or in his glory, consists of a round disc with the features of a human face surrounded by twelve or sixteen rays alternating wavy and straight. The alternating straight and wavy rays are often said to represent the light and heat of the sun respectively.

… The Sun of May shown on the national flags of Argentina (1818) and Uruguay (1828) is identical in form to the “Sun in Splendour”.

Fascinating how simple symbols connect humanity across the ages …

For my example of Surya I went in a little different direction (NNE 😉 ) and used a leaf-vein type of fill to make it a little less compassy looking.

Indrani illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Surya below and she includes two tiles featuring Surya and variations along with several Zentangle-original tangles you’ll recognize.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Surya, tangle and deconstruction by Indrani Novello. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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With much love and gratitude not just today, but every day.

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