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How to draw VITI

Zentangle pattern: Viti. 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!

Today I have another delightful organic tangle for you to explore.

Viti is from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen, and this makes two dozen of her splendid tangles in our resource! “Tangling and looking for new patterns have given me so many nice moments, I’m so grateful to have found it and I even love it a little bit more every day,” Ria writes.

Viti, much like its “cousin” Jag from earlier this week, is inspired by leaves with toothed margins. Read on …

Ria writes that Vitiis easy to combine with all kind of other tangles. This ZIA composition is with Pozer, Su-sy and Printemps.

The Virginia creeper inspired me to make Viti, a wonderful green leaf that colors beautiful red in the fall.

The leaves, usually composed five-fold. The plant belongs to the vine family which is translated as Vitis in Latin.

“The leaves are palmately compound, composed of five leaflets (rarely three leaflets, particularly on younger vines, and sometimes seven) joined from a central point on the leafstalk, and range from 3 to 20 cm (1 to 8 in) (rarely to 30 cm or 12 in) across. The leaflets have a toothed margin.”~ Wikipedia

I have drawn the five leaves equal but in reality it is not always, as you can see on the picture below.

There may be little differences between the five leaves, it is impossible to draw them exact in the same way and it is not necessary.

To become a nice organic pattern, little differences give just a special touch!

Isn’t it fascinating how many different types of leaf shapes and “margins” there are in Mother Nature’s creations.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Viti below where she includes a sweet colorful ZIA on a Renaissance tan tile with Paradox and Tipple.

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

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18 comments to How to draw VITI

  • Melena

    Ria, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this really nice organic tangle. This will be fun to use. And thank you Linda for putting it in the TanglePatterns resources. Can hardly wait to get started on it!

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment Melena. It’s pleasant to know you like this new tangle. As you can read in this post, the five leaves don’t have to be equal. Little differences between them will give a pretty touch. I’m sure you will find a nice way to draw your own Viti!

  • Kellie May

    I love this Ria!! Thanks for everything, Linda. I love Zentangle!

    • Thank you too Kellie May for sending these kind words. I’m glad to read you love Zentangle art. We all can learn from each other and grow in this wonderful drawingart. As Maria said: “everything is possible, one stroke at a time”!!!

  • Delightful new tangle, Ria! Organic tangles seem to be my favorites, along with anything flowing & graceful. Viti qualifies as both to me! 😀

  • Dessie Arnold

    Thank you so much for this tangle, Ria! We have Virginia Creeper growing all over our house, and it is beautiful! For awhile, I’d been thinking that I needed to try to draw it, and now I will be able to! Love, love, love this!

    • What a wonderful comment and what a coïncidence, it makes me very glad Dessie. Thank you very much for your reaction and I hope you ‘ll enjoy drawing this pattern in your yard in front of the Virginia Creeper!

  • Beatrice Aronas

    Such sweet, beautiful ,organic tangle. Thank you for sharing VITI with us, Ria!

  • Hannah P Rottman

    Thank you for this tangle. I love organic tangles. t seems like a bright spot in this time of shadow.

  • Barbara Bruell

    This is exactly what I think of when I say I am looking for Botanically inspired Zentangle patterns. Thank you. I have only drawn 50 tangles, of Zentangle, so I am a newbie.

    • Nice “to meet” you by this way and thank you very much for your kind comment. 50 tangles is already a whole bunch to start with and I’m glad you ‘ll include Viti. I hope you can make pretty combinations with other patterns.

  • Deborah Davis

    Thank you. It’s beautiful and reminds me of maple leaves.

  • Jyothi Krishnamurthy

    Ooh!like VITI in the circular pattern with Pozer, Su-sy and Printemps.
    Thank you for sharing. Need to play with other tangles.

    • Thank you for your pleasant feedback. Pozer, Su-sy and Printemps are nice to combine with Viti but I’m sure you can make pretty compositions with a lot of other beautiful tangles, already published on wish you succes!

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