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How to draw VIRYA

Zentangle pattern: Virya. 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.Happy Friday to you, and welcome to our 4th of July Independence Day weekend in the U.S.A.

I always find it rather odd to have a Friday long weekend, but I didn’t make the rules 😉

This will be yet another holiday weekend for the books given all the strange and mind-boggling things going on in the world around us this year.

Nonetheless, we can find creative ways to celebrate while staying safe — and the country’s beaches should (mostly) get a break from the pestilence of humanity 🙂

Today’s lovely Virya ribbon-style tangle comes to us from “a Zentangle® enthusiast from India“, Priya Sabhlok. Virya is her first on the site.

Priya writes,

 I’ve been practising Zentangle for 4 years now after taking sessions from an Indian CZT, Sandhya Manne and passionately follow my hobby of creating ZIA’s.

My pattern Virya (Energy) is deconstructed in not so good covid times, but this art and drawing patterns give a ray of positivity, energy and enthusiasm which motivated me to create something new.

The pattern starts with drawing arrows defining the rays and thereafter blossom with flowers.

This motivated me to name it Virya which is a Sanskrit word literally meaning Energy.

Priya illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Virya below where her suggestions for variations include the lovely curved version you saw in her Zendala.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Virya, tangle and deconstruction by Priya Sabhlok. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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9 comments to How to draw VIRYA

  • Priya, I love your new tangle, Virya, and it’s name. You did a lovely job making the step out clear and your variations are easy to follow. Thanks for the beautiful Renaissance demo tile. So pretty! Well done!! I’m looking forward to drawing Virya and teaching it to my students. Thanks for a great addition to the Tangle Patterns library!

  • Jody Genovese

    Really, really pretty Priya. I’m going to try it right now. Just feel like playing with something new and this is quite eye catching. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Happy July 4th everyone!

  • Love this and can almost feel the energy coming from it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Melena

    I love this tangle. Virya is a perfect name for this – Energy. I will be trying this one out today. Thank you sharing with us Priya, and thank you too Linda. I can’t think of a better thing to do today than sitting down with tangles and creating a tile.
    Happy Independence Day everyone!

  • Upasana Jain

    Just gorgeous!

  • Very pretty tangle with great variations!

  • May Loo

    Nice tangle with lots of potential for variations, and I like it for a border. Reminds me of art deco designs.

  • Jenn Brayton

    I adore this tangle – and what a lovely name! There’s so much I can do with this, and the variations are endless 🙂

  • Polly Heinselman

    Had to look this pattern up as someone just posted a tile that looks like a Christmas ornament. What a fun looking pattern. Thank you Priya for creating it.

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