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How to draw ARIUM

Zentangle pattern: Arium. 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 to another fresh week of tangle creativity to focus our meditative minds.

Japanese CZT Hiroko Matsuo is back with another of her lovely tangles, this one she calls Arium.

Arium is Hiroko’s fifth tangle on the site, all lovely. Her Hanary tangle was featured on the ZIA cover of the new TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2021 Edition as one of CZT Michele Beauchamp’s favorites from 2020.

Hiroko writes that during these stay-at-home times of the pandemic she’s been inspired by taking some online classes and exploring some different ideas:

I have been tangling several tiles representing the undersea world. My new tangle, Arium, is a tangle that I came up with when I was drawing an undersea world tile.

It looks like some kind of seaweed. I named it Arium after the word “aquarium” and the anagram of “Miru”, a kind of Japanese seaweed that I found similar to my new tangle when wondering what to name it and googling all different kinds of seaweed. I added “a” to it actually. (BTW, according to the dictionary, the suffix “-arium” means a “place” as in aquarium, planetarium, and herbarium.)

Arium is a very forgiving tangle and you can draw it in your own way, in any size, any shape. So I believe anyone can enjoy drawing it.

Arium is excellent practice at drawing S-curves as it’s composed entirely of them. I found it helps to turn the tile for the second side Every time you draw it you come up with a different composition of fun shapes peeking out from behind one another. Hiroko’s have some real personality to them.

Hiroko illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Arium below where she showcases it in fun ZIA on a gray tile with an array of Zentangle®-originals: Rixty, Fescu, Mooka, Flux, Fengle, Molygon, Marasu, Pepper and some floating fragments of Tipple.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Arium, tangle and deconstruction by Hiroko Matsuo. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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5 comments to How to draw ARIUM

  • Judy Gudeman

    Hiroko & Linda; these 2 tangle examples are so beautiful! The underwater theme is brilliant! Thank you for the lovely inspiration. Now I need to learn how to watercolor

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    What perfect timing for me – I started playing with watercolours during the holidays and the ocean is my tangle inspiration 🙂 Arium is perfect for all my needs, plus it’s very relaxing to draw S shapes and turn my tile over and over again. Thank you Hiroko and Linda!

  • Grandmama

    Hallo zusammem. Arium ist ein wunderbar einfaches und Spaßmachendes Gewirr. Vielen Dank

    Hello everyone. Arium is a wonderfully simple and fun tangle. Many Thanks

  • Sue Leslie

    Such a fun and easy tangle. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anastasia A.

    So lovely. The watercolour scene is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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