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How to draw VILBERT

Zentangle pattern: Vilbert. 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.German CZT Sabrina Stein starts off our tangling week with her pretty Vilbert tangle, and it’s her first on the site.

Vilbert is a ribbon-style tangle inspired by a tapestry Sabrina observed while on a trip to the Victoria and Albert museum — “the world’s leading museum of art and design” — in London.

Sabrina shares several gorgeous Zentangle® tiles featuring her tangle while introducing herself and reminding us of one of the most important principles of the Zentangle Method™:

I am from Berlin, Germany, a CZT 18 and I teach Zentangle since 2015 with growing passion.

 In my professional life I manage projects and this is much about numbers, facts, political acting and reaching the target at the right time with nearly perfect results. This perfection became a part of my private life. I am a very structured and well-planned person.

So it was a treasure to me to find the Zentangle Method and the first principle was “no mistakes“. How wonderful to do things without a target and step by step. The “no mistakes“ philosophy attracted me from the first second, and I was in love with the uncountable lot of of patterns from the real beginning.

I managed myself to take a part of this philosophy in my private life and as well in my professional life: It’s not about being perfect, it is better to go mindful steps.

This pattern “Vilbert“ I found in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Great Britain.

I spent a few days there for my own with no plans. I flew through the days enjoying every step and looking where the the next hour will take me. This lead me to V&A and there I found a tapestry with a pattern like this.

I nearly forgot it under the wonderful impressions in this wonderful location but being in my hotel I found a photograph of it and deconstructed it in several ways. Of course I had my tangle equipment with me and so I spent half the night tangling and playing with it.

I came back home happy to be with the best husband in the world again and full of wonderful memories and my new tangle – Vilbert.

Sabrina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Vilbert below and in her monotangle featuring her tangle she shows some easy ways to embellish it. For the German-speaking tanglers in the community, Sabrina posted about her tangle here on her blog.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Vilbert, tangle and deconstruction by Sabrina Stein. 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. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

Sabrina’s last Zendala reminds me of lovely old fashioned doilies, the shading in the center adds a nice depth effect …

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