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How to draw AKEBIA

Zentangle pattern: Akebia. 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 Monday everyone, delighted to have your company once again 🙂

On this first day of Winter, to brighten up our day we have flowers, flowers and more flowers! Abstract ones.

The lovely organic tangle, Akebia, is from Mexican CZT Gloria  Barocio. Gloria recently shared her Capullo tangle with us.

Akebia was inspired by the akebia plant, a stunning flowering plant that I’ve never seen before. The blossoms of this vining plant remind me a little of a Phalaenopsis orchid blossom.

Curious to know more about the akebai, I found the following here:

The five-leaf akebia vine, or chocolate vine, is a perennial vine that is sometimes vigorous to a fault. The chocolate vine gets its moniker from the rich purplish-brown blooms that smother the vine and from the delicate chocolate scent of the flowers. Chocolate-scented flowers are unusual among hardy perennials, so this one attribute may endear this flowering vine to you, despite its ill-behaved growth habits.

The vine produces glossy dark green leaves that are oval-shaped and grow in clusters of five. The vines produce many dangling purple flowers with three petals in the spring (March to May) soon after it is planted, sometimes followed by fruits that resemble eggplants late in the summer.

The fruit it produces is edible, but not very palatable. If you choose to harvest the fruit, you may recognize that the akebia is related to the kiwi and has tiny black seeds embedded in the pulp.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm … chocolate!! And now a tangle.

Gloria writes,

Akebia was inspired by the vine that bears its name.

I loved designing this tangle because of the organic shapes and how unique it looks from the akebia flower.

In the tangle the lower half moon, in a way, makes the leaves look like floating wings.

One of the possible variations is joining elongated curved lines like stems, another one is to use the tangle like fragments changing its position.

The background can be filled if desired, I encourage everyone to put their personal touch in the Akebia tangle.

Gloria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Akebia below and she includes three beautiful monotangles showing various ways, including vines, to explore Akebia in your tiles.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Akebia, tangle and deconstruction by Gloria Barocio. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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11 comments to How to draw AKEBIA

  • Deborah J Davis

    This is a beautiful tangle. Thank you.

  • Vicki Bassett

    Very pretty tangle! Looks like orchids which I love!

  • Linda Dochter

    Thank you, Gloria and Linda, for sharing Akebia. I especially like the last sample. I intend to experiment a bit by diverging from the original inspiration and using different sizes of the basic shape. Love that rich purple.

  • What a fun tangle flower. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenn Brayton CZT 36

    What a fantastic plant to have as inspiration – and as a chocolate lover reading about the vine makes my mouth water! I’d like to get one of those for my home hahaha :). Thank you for the tangle, Gloria, and thank you Linda for the information on the vine! This is definitely fun to play with!

  • Sue Zanker

    Lovely pattern, great inspiration……and by the way, I am sitting here having a cup of coffee and I had a flash of deja vue in that, about this time last year, I suggested a sure fire way of helping Linda continue to help US by running this amazing site. For those who have just joined us, here’s the idea!
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  • Martha Murphy

    Akebia is gorgeous!

  • Melissa Dare

    This is simply a beautiful Tangle I love it! Thank you Linda for everything you do. I just recently had my 2021 Tangle Patterns booklet printed and adore it! This is my second year here now and first as a CZT#36! Thank you again! With Love. Melissa

  • Chrissie

    This is a lovely tangle that I have only just seen. It’s going on the to do list.

  • Phoebe Wagner

    Akebia is indeed a lovely vine. I came across it in a park in New Haven Connecticut in the USA. It was growing wild there and while I knew many wild plants, this was one I’d never seen before. When I finally identified it I was thrilled. Your design based on Akebia is just lovely. I hadn’t thought about Akebia for years, until today when I came across your design. Beautifull! and thanks for the memories!

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