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How to draw ZIRAFFE

Zentangle pattern: Ziraffe. 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.Hi everyone!

It’s a momentous Wednesday in the USA but for the sake of normalcy — and prayers that normalcy will return post haste now the clock has struck midday — I’m carrying on here like nothing’s going on and expecting good things 😉 AND, I’m taking the day off to watch EVERYTHING. Goosebumps day.

Our tangle for today, Ziraffe, comes from Dutch CZT Carla Jooren and it’s her first on the site.

As Carla explains, Ziraffe is a tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Mooka.

She writes,

I am Carla Jooren, CZT31 from the Netherlands. In 2018 I became a teacher. Since then I regularly give workshops at home, and I love it. I live in Aalsmeer. The person who inspired me to become a teacher is Marguerite Samama.

This is my first tangle pattern. It is looking a little like Mooka. My students often tell me that they find Mooka hard to draw on the way back. The ‘stem’ gets thick and they don’t like that.

So I came up with the idea to make the stem thick to solve that problem. But then I thought lets make it even more interesting to give it a see-through effect. This is it.

Carla illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ziraffe below and she includes two more lovely Zentangle tiles featuring her tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Ziraffe, tangle and deconstruction by Carla Jooren. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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11 comments to How to draw ZIRAFFE

  • Interesting variation on mooka. Will have to have a play with this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love your idea, Carla! I think you’ve discovered a brilliant (and easy) way to negate some artists’ stress when drawing Mooka by accepting the difficulty and working WITH it!! I am one who loves Mooka and draws it frequently, but there certainly was a learning curve for me. I look forward to turning Mooka into Ziraffe whenever I feel inclined. ?

  • Dessie Arnold

    Yes, a day to celebrate – and new beginnings. We can exhale now.

    This looks like a fun tangle. For some reason Mooka was hard for me, and then they kind of changed the look – it started as a continuous line, but recently, I’ve seen it more as individual branches. I need to study it out more. This one is pretty and interesting. Thanks for posting it!

  • Sherri Lee

    Great tangle. Can’t wait to use it

  • Susan Jaffe

    Love the new tangleation by Carla Jooren!!!!

  • Deborah J Davis

    I love it. I just got comfortable with Mooka myself after watching it being drawn on one of the You Tube videos. This one looks so fun. Thank you

  • Joyce Blodgett

    It took me several years of working with it to learn to draw Mooka, and I still cannot draw it the way Maria Thomas does—she’s the master of that pattern, but mine only just now looks remotely like it should
    This variation is rather fun to work with, even though my drawings of it come out looking like pregnant octopi 😀

  • Mary Stayner

    Carla…I absolutely LOVE this tangle…can’t wait to use it in my projects! You are such a talented Zen Artist…looking forward to seeing more of your creations!!!!

  • What a lovely pattern! Thank you for sharing it and inspiring others.

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    I’m loving this tangle and how much versatility it has!! Mooka has been a challenge for me to work and now I can easily move into Ziraffe <3 Thank you!!

  • Cassandra Leach

    I struggle with Mooka and I love the idea of interweaving these! Thanks so much for posting this! I’m going to love playing with it!

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