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How to draw BUEN CAMINO

Zentangle pattern Buen Camino. 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.Welcome back! Our last tangle for this week is Swiss CZT Tina Hunziker’s Buen Camino.

Buen Camino is Tina’s eighth tangle on the site.

It has a very interesting background and sends us on a trip to to Portugal …

In this first Zentangle® tile example Tina features Buen Camino as a focal point in an abstract sea scene.

I really like Molly’s description of this type of tangle from Zentangle’s Project Pack 7,

“In many of these videos you will notice a theme of working with tangles that blossom, radiate or in many cases create their own space rather than fill a predefined space.

These tangles or tangling techniques are exciting and often become the star of the show.

Buen Camino is one of those “star of the show” tangles as Tina’s second stunning colorful ZIA tile demonstrates.

Tina explains the origins of her Buen Camino tangle:

I started planning to spend some time in Portugal. It’s an area which is calling me for a long time. I like to walk along the Coast direction Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage route.

The St. James’s scallop is the signpost for the pilgrims. When pilgrims pass each other, they say “Buen Camino” which means “good way”.

That’s how this, let me call it pattern-symbol and its step-out, was born. The first 2 Steps can be used to draw a string.

“Good way”, that’s what I wish to everybody who also cares about our mother earth, the water, air and life.

I wish that all of us are meeting signposts which lead us to what really matters in our own lives and how we can help others.

A little background on the pilgrimage route Tina mentions, from a website describing the Camino de Santiago and thirteen of the walking routes:

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

The Portuguese route (Camino Portugues) page includes this description:

The pilgrimage from Portuguese lands to Santiago de Compostela originates in the Middle Ages. It was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal as well in the early 14th century. The route followed closely the ancient Roman roads of Lusitania but today on many stretches you will have to walk along a modern road.

The site “Follow the Camino” includes the Portugeuse Coastal Route – I believe this is the one Tina followed – and lots of traveler’s details.

As for today’s tangle ..

Tina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Buen Camino here on her blog. FWIW – I found I fared better at the overall shape if I reversed Tina’s Steps 1 and 2. Of course, your mileage may vary 🙂

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11 comments to How to draw BUEN CAMINO

  • Beatrice A

    This is such a wonderful and very interesting tangle. Definitely, it will be on the tanglers list list to try and enjoy it! Thank you, Tina!

  • Deborah Davis

    A beautiful tangle. Mucha Gracias.

  • Joan Zabelka

    I walked the Camino so I am thrilled to learn this pattern. It is beautiful!!! Thank you and Buen Camino!

  • Cynthia B Aten

    Thank you, Tina! I went to your Tangle site and loved many of your others Tangles also. I will be driving from Montana to the North Carolina coast soon, hiding from Covid in our little trailer, and I will share your beach-related Tangles with my grandkids. I know they will love them also.

  • Dear Linda and all tanglers, I’m so happy to see BUEN CAMINO on
    thanks for the great comments. BUEN CAMINO to all of you.

  • Jenn Brayton

    What a fantastic tangle! It reminds me of the scallop shells I find and pick up when I am back in my fishing village visiting my family. Definitely a star pattern that I look forward to exploring!

  • Indrani Novello

    Ooh, I love everything about this one! Thanks for sharing, can`t wait to play with it!

  • Melena

    Here I am on July 4 catching up on tangles. This is a wonderful one and I love the story behind it. Thank you Tina and Buen Camino .

  • Kim

    At 22, my son walked the Camino from France, across Northern Spain, all the way to the sea, 500+ miles. He found it a profound experience. Thank you for this tangle!

  • michele

    I’m enjoying a beautiful July 5th morning with my coffee and reading Tina’s story about this tangle. Love the tangle and the meaning of Buen Camino.
    Thank you Tina wishing you and everyone Buen Camino.

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