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How to draw ALGRA

Zentangle pattern: Algra. 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 everyone! Welcome back and thanks for joining me again for another week of fun tangles.

Deep breath … Let’s take a trip to Spain.

Today’s sweet ribbon-style Agra tangle is from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen and it’s her 26th!! on the site.

Ria writes,

The Alhambra in the south of Spain (Granada) is very famous and every year people from all over the world come to visit this magical palace which is placed on the UNESCO list.

I visited this place years ago and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this medieval castle and its history.

For this new tangle I have found inspiration in a mosaic of the Alhambra:

I chose the name Algra (Alhambra- Granada) which was an easy choice.

Algra is an easy tangle that can be used as a border, a filler and also just on its own.

When you’ll do a few exercises to form the first step, the rest will be very easy. I have drawn three little curls in every pattern but it is not necessary. You can see that a lot of variations are possible.

On my tile I have made a composition of Algra with the (always wonderful) Diva Dance, Doodah, Blinkt, Tipple, Hibred, Printemps and stretched Printemps.

Wow, what a lovely ZIA with all these great tangles.

When I was tangling my example of Algra, I noticed that each motif (second column below) is actually composed of 3 intersecting S shapes and then every other one is connected with a V shape. That made it easier for me to get the motif distributed evenly around the center. Just sayin’ …

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Algra below where she shows different ways to use it as well as some variations for its embellishments.

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

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6 comments to How to draw ALGRA

  • Oh Ria!! This is an absolutely LOVELY pattern! Simple, elegant, easily varied, versatile. I enjoy all your tangles, but there are a few that really stand out for me and this is certainly one of them. I’m looking forward to playing with it! Thank you. 🙂

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I’m sitting in my least favorite laundromat, gross “music” blaring overhead…and drawing Ria’s “Algra” coupled with “Dian” and “Sawed,” and the results are so pleasing, it’s making even the cacophony of clashing musical instruments bearable 🙂

  • Debbie Raaen

    Loving this pattern Ria. Very timely as well, because Linda’s examples remind me a little of angels.
    Loads of possibilities here bith with placement and decoration. Thanks!

  • Susanna Redaelli

    beautiful!

  • Dear Jan, Joyce, Debbie and Susanna, thank you very much for taking time to give a kind feedback on this pattern. I wish you pleasant moments while exploring Angra and send you warm regards from Belgium!

  • Joyce Blodgett

    I just now looked at Linda’s rendition of “Algra,” and I see what you mean—they DO look like a bit like angels!

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