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How to draw BONSAI

Zentangle pattern: BonSai. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Hi there and Happy Friday, my friends!

I don’t know about you but time seems to be absolutely flying by.

So strange after March 2020 seemed to last at least a year …

Japanese CZT Kazue Ito is back today with BonSai, another of her lovely tangles. BonSai looks complicated but it is very easy to tangle.

Kazue sent along this photo of her inspiration:

What is bonsai? According to BonsaiEmpire.com,

The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one.

Of her tangle, Kazue writes,

Bonsai mainly uses branches and stems such as pine trees and maple trees.

I tried to tangle the pine bonsai peculiar to japan that imitates the natural landscape.

You can certainly see how Kazue’s lovely tangle mimics the natural landscape. In her steps she shows an “only right” and an “only left” version as well as a mix of the two, which is what I used for my example.

Kazue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing BonSai below where she includes three beautiful examples of it on tiles.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern BonSai, tangle and deconstruction by Kazue Ito. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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2 comments to How to draw BONSAI

  • Mary D'Angelo

    Very pretty by much like Sanibelle by Tricia Faraone,CZT and Showgirl by Vicki Bassett.

  • Jenn Brayton

    Great tangle for me to play with! The step-out showing each side was very helpful and made it easy and fun to explore on different types of tiles. Many thanks!

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