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How to draw CADOOH

Zentangle pattern: Cadooh. 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.We’re over half way through the month of April, and for me this month has gone by quite quickly in comparison to March’s “8,000 Days”. Are you finding that too?

Today Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen returns with another lovely tangle. Cadooh (her quirky spelling of “cadeau”, explained in a moment) combines two Zentangle®-originals into another format.

Here is Ria’s lovely tile featuring Cadooh together with a great puffy version of Florz, the fun and easy Diva Dance and some pretty Lilypads.

She writes,

Zentangle art is important for me and I am sure thousands of us think the same. Days are always too short, I never get bored, thanks to the Zentangle Method.

To discover this kind of drawing was a gift for me, as we say in Belgium a “cadeau”. That is why I chose this name for my newest tangle. Cadeau is a correct word, Cadooh not but it is written how Americans would pronounce it.

For me this tangle is very special because I have found this one, totally unexpected in a very strange period.

After drawing Molly’s Ratoon I tried not to connect the ends but just let them “fly”.

I have drawn Cadooh in three versions: the first time in an irregular way, which I like the most. The second time in a regular way and the third time it looks that you are blowing the pattern away.

Cadooh has something from Ratoon, also from Hollis but is quite different, nice in combination with other tangles and I hope you will like it.

I have to say I found Cadooh a bit of a challenge to tangle, mainly because it really could use some space to expand. My small thumbnails were a bit of a constraint. I used Ria’s Variation A for my example, her “regular way”, because my brain found the over-unders of the “arms” combined with where they take off and land from the rice shapes a bit easier to figure out.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Cadooh below and she includes variations to explore.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Cadooh, tangle and deconstruction by Ria Matheussen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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23 comments to How to draw CADOOH

  • Kimberly

    This one looked so fun, I drew it right away. And I was right, it is fun to draw! Thanks for coming up with such a fun one, Ria!!!!

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    Quel beau cadeau 😉 Merci, Ria et Linda!

  • Thank you very much Jennifer for your kinds words in the beautiful French language, makes me glad to know you like Cadooh and I hope you ‘ll explore it in the future!

  • Vera Fernandes

    This is a nice tangle, resembles intertwined hearts. Now my first reaction reminded me of a greek mythology creature, Medusa. Though Cadooh is not so scary and no snakes, more like hearts. Thank you for taking the time to create this Cadooh! Well done, I love all the variations. Thanks again Linda for all you do to post and ensure wet anglers have a massive selection of tangle patterns. Very well done!

  • Lovely, Ria. I think I prefer the irregular one, too.

  • Jody Genovese

    Ria this is absolutely gorgeous. So organic and flowy. It will look so pretty on a zendala as the star of the show. I can’t wait to try it!
    Hope you are safe.
    Thank you and thank you too Linda. Hope you and Robert are safe and healthy.

    • Thank you very much for that wonderful compliment about this new pattern.
      Especially now I’m very grateful to have Zentangle art, and a little garden. That makes the quarantaine a bit easier. My family and me are okay and I hope your family too. Take care!

  • Susan Kelley Pundt

    Lovely pattern, Ria..Thank you so much. Stay safe and healthy.

  • Joan Stark

    Oh RIA, this is a great one! I love the flow and is not difficult. I always enjoy what your mind comes up with. This one did not disappoint. Thank you Ria and Linda!

  • Melena

    Ooooo. This is going to be a fun one. Kind of like an octopus too. 🙂 Thank you Ria. And thank you Linda. Doing well here in California. I make sure I get out for a walk every day, which really helps. I don’t see any other people usually, so that’s good and sad at the same time. We will get through this.

    • Thank you very much Melena for your comment. Indeed, this one looks a bit like an octopus but variations are possible…
      I hope you will have fun while drawing and I’m glad to know you are fine in California. Me too make a walk every day, that’s necessary to stay in good condition. I agree with you that we will get through this and will become even stronger!

  • Thanks for the share, This will be a play for sure.

  • Jan Brandt CZT

    I love this tangle, Ria!! Your stepout is fabulous. You’ve made it so simple to follow! I looked at Mosaic to see what folks are doing with it and there are only 3 tiles at the moment. I expect there will be MANY more. ?

    • Thank you very much dear Jan for also giving here a comment.
      Unfortunately I am not on the Mosaïc but I created recently an account on Instagram and there I saw also some lovely tiles with Cadooh appearing. Of course I hope to see some more in the future. It is really a funny and pleasant one to draw. Take care and stay safe! Warm regards from Belgium!

  • Duane Anderson

    Ria, I’m sorry for not commenting and learning to draw Cadooh. Well, I just recently started drawing tangles again, (I took a several year sabbatical from Zentangle), I missed a lot of tangles but I caught up with a lot of new ones, such as Cadooh. I study history, even after I got my degree in it, right now my main focus is Pirates in the Golden Age 17 – 1800’s and that name rang out to me as being born by Pirates. I really love drawing this tangle of yours, Ria as attested by the many pages of my sketch book used to do it right. This is something that will stick with me for awhile. Thanks.

    • Ria Matheussen

      Very pleasant to hear some good news about you: studying history and starting again tangling, sounds great, wish you succes in both of them and thank you very much for giving a nice comment on Cadooh, Thank you. Being busy in a creative way keeps our minds young!!!

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