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How to draw TULIPA

Zentangle pattern: Tulipa. 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.Today is the first day of Spring in our hemisphere and the first day of Fall for all our tangling friends “down under”.

Appropriately for we northern hemisphere tanglers, today we have German CZT Simone Menzel’s Tulipa tangle. And it’s an enjoyable one regardless of your hemisphere 🙂

Simone writes,

I am very proud to have already three of my tangles on your site and today I would like to send you one which fits perfectly to the spring which shows already the first blossoms here in my hometown. Look what I photographed today – aren’t they lovely?

Snowdrops, so lovely indeed! And this gorgeous photo of tulips which are so iconic for the Netherlands and Spring is by photographer Marjon Besteman-Horn:

Okay, let’s turn to Tulipa the tangle. Simone had submitted it for consideration a year ago but the problem I had with it then was that I didn’t see the “no up or down” that makes a tangle for Zentangle®. It was “a drawing of some thing”, a field of flowers.

When she resubmitted the same tangle recently, I explained the issue and she responded a few days later with Tulipa “refreshed” as an abstract pattern that this time qualifies as a tangle. She also shared several example tiles including this one I loosely based my example on.

For this example on a black tile Simone used the new Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens from Zentangle’s Project Pack 08:

Simone illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tulipa here on her blog where you can see more of Simone’s lovely tiles with even more ideas for variations for you to explore.

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