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How to draw YUMEMI

Zentangle pattern: Yumemi. 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, lovely to see you again and many thanks for keeping me company 🙂

We’re feeling very Spring-like on this first day of March and introducing Japanese CZT Shie Naritomi’s Yumemi tangle, it’s her first on the site.

Like CZT Cat Kwan’s Ying, Yumemi was prompted by Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring display of cherry blossoms come Spring.

Cherry Blossoms in Spring

Image by ASchuehlein from Pixabay

As an aside, when I was looking for a photo to accompany this today I discovered that cherry blossoms not only come in the gorgeous array of pinks I automatically associate with them, but also in delicate yellows and showy displays of white. Lovely!!

Shie introduces herself and her tangle:

I usually work as a textile designer in Tokyo. I have a tangle that suits the arrival of spring.

I named this “Yumemi”. It’s like a cherry blossom. Cherry blossoms are called “Sakura” in Japanese, but they are also called “Yumemigusa”. This name has a very beautiful sound.

Japanese cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to April. The landscape of it is very beautiful and fantastic.

The meaning of “Yumemi” is “dreaming”. It’s like you’re dreaming when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!

I hope everyone enjoys this with spring!

If you weren’t already aware that “Cherry blossoms are called ‘Sakura’ in Japanese” then the little logo on our Sakura Micron 01 pens takes on new meaning:

This month we approach cherry blossom time in Washington DC too. I’ve written about the background of “Bloom Watch” and the beautiful USPS postage stamps commemorating the tradition in my post about Ying, including this:

Here’s some background on the cherry blossoms and the annual DC Bloom Watch,

In a ceremony at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of 3,020 flowering cherry trees gifted to the nation’s capital from the city of Tokyo. As a show of gratitude for this generous gift, former President William Howard Taft arranged for the United States to send 50 flowering dogwood trees to Japan in 1915. This reciprocal gift featured a species of tree native to the eastern United States and Canada.

These gestures of goodwill fostered a rich tradition of exchanging cherry and dogwood trees that continues to this day.

Of course Japan has its own Cherry Blossom Forecast too, it’s for the entire country and you can find one here.

As for our tangle …

Yumemi is simple and fun to tangle and it’s also pretty versatile. You can create it in a free-form fashion as Shie has done or you can make it into a pretty ribbon-style tangle or even organize the elements in an imaginary grid fashion if that suits you.

Shie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Yumemi below and she includes two beautiful examples on gray Zentangle tiles. She notes that Yumemiis a simple flux repetition. The point is that the flux kisses and connects. Finally, add a V to all the petals.” And rounding between them. You can also find Shie here on her Japanese blog.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Yumemi, tangle and deconstruction by Shie Naritomi. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image to visit Shie’s blog post in Japanese.

In the following video (25:16) Shie tangles the Yumemi tile shown on the right below.

The video is in Japanese and word of advice, I do not recommend turning on the automatic translations because it’s a bizarre word salad that’s distracting and explains absolutely nothing of the tangling. (= utter artificial “intelligence” failure.) Voice of experience: unless you speak Japanese, turn off the sound and enjoy watching Shie’s deft tangling and unusual combination of tools to add shading and the “see through” effect of the top two elements on the tile.

Here are a few general time points for reference in the video:

  • she begins by first showing the tools she’ll be using
  • at 1 minute she begins the tangle using a Rose Sakura Micron 01 pen, demonstrating the “kissing” technique she refers to above
  • at 5 minutes she flips the tile over and demonstrates Ying
  • 10 minutes she adds white charcoal
  • 13 minutes she adds an aura using the Rose Micron
  • 14 minutes adds “shading” using a Staedler Karat Aquarell 125-20 Magenta watercolor pencil
  • 15 minutes – with a #10 White Sakura Gelly Roll she adds the white Yumemi overlay
  • 16 minutes – she adds an outline with the Rose Micron
  • 19:50 – she adds Magenta Aquarell “veins” in the petals then adds more details to finish the tile

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