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How to draw ABUNDUS

Zentangle pattern: Abundus. 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 to Monday and another new week of creative tangle explorations.

I pray you are all keeping safe and doing well. It seems like 2020 just can’t stop poking us in the eye. Ah well, we tangle and we move forward …

Today’s sweet Abundus — not to be confused with Swiss CZT Hanny Waldburger’s Abundies — tangle comes to us from French CZT Karen Rutter, and it’s her first on the site.

Abundus is easy to tangle and grows in all directions, any way you want it to go. In addition to being just fine on its own Abundus can also be filled with other tangles as Karen shows in her tiles, like Crescent Moon for example.

Karen lives in the town of Vesoul in the Haute-Saône region of France. Wikipedia tells us,

Vesoul is located in the eastern part of France, about 100 kilometers away from the Germany and the Switzerland’s borders and between the Jura and the Vosges mountain ranges. Vesoul is also situated in the center of the Haute-Saône.

Vesoul is first mentioned in a document dated 899. That document speaks about an elevation with a fortified watchtower. The document speaks about “Castrum Vesulium”. Castrum is a fortification, and “Vesulium” has the syllable ves which meant hill or mountain in a language that was spoken before the Celts. Today, there is a castle that forms the centre of the city.

… Built on top of the hill of La Motte in the first millennium under the name of Castrum Vesulium, the city gradually evolved into a European commercial and economic center.

Main urban center of the department, Vesoul is also home to one of the main factories of PSA Peugeot Citroën and to the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. It was immortalized by Jacques Brel in his 1968 song “Vesoul”.

About her tangle Karen writes,

I wanted to do a different pattern that expresses the cheerfulness I had in me.

Abundus was born when I was doing a painting then I drew it on a 9cmx9cm Zentangle tile and it became more and more fluent and free.

Why did I call it “Abundus”? The idea for the name came while designing it.

You can create Abundus alone or by combining several, you will have the impression that it moves!

You can draw it in all directions.

You can multiply its leaves so that it can have more fullness.

Have fun with Abundus!

Karen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Abundus below where she includes a simple, cheerful monotangle Zentangle tile.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Abundus, tangle and deconstruction by Karen Rutter. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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