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How to draw FINDUS

Zentangle pattern: Findus. 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.Yay, it’s Friday and today we welcome back Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen and her lovely Findus tangle.

Ria’s been on hiatus for a little while but lucky us, she’s back! Findus is her 27th tangle on the site.

Ria explains how she “found” Findus,

Years ago, I sent in a few tangles: Nouvart, Horti and later Decoo, all three had a relationship with Art Nouveau/Art Deco my most favorite kind of art and again I searched there for inspiration, hoping to find new tangles.

All of a sudden I saw this beautiful pattern on a door, inspired by Art Nouveau and knew I have found what I was looking for.

I changed a few small details and here it is: Findus.

As you know this kind of art started at the end of the 19th century. In Belgium we say: “fin du siècle” and therefore I like to give this tangle the name Findus!

I’m so glad that I am back in this new Spring, a season that shows us every year again how beautiful change can be!

A new start, a new tangle and new challenges.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Findus below where she demonstrates it as a ribbon, in a grid and in a lovely Phi tile ZIA on its own as a focal point.

Findus is really pretty on its own and I have drawn it on a Phi tile together with ‘Nzeppel, Trumpits, the fragment K14 (in a square) and Tink. I colored the open spaces in Tink to give it a bit the illusion of stained glass. That was so much seen in that period.

As a border or a ribbon it can also be used, straight or curled as I did. There I added an extra little square.

In the frame I used Findus in combination with Florz.

Surely people will find more combinations and many ways to color this one…

The grid-based version of Findus Ria shows in her illustration is just a little tricky, you’ll want to look at the detail closely. The vertical grid lines do not go through the middle of the Findus motifs as you’ll note in her steps: by that I mean the rice shapes do not have a stroke through the middle. To tangle it in the grid Ria shows, you must do your grid one row at a time then the row underneath is shifted over, in what is known in the design industry as a brick pattern. For my example I did not “shift” the motifs, I tangled them in a regular grid.

Ribbon, focal, stacked bricks, regular bricks … have fun with this one!

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

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PS: As one version of Findus is created on a brick grid framework, I’ve added that term to our TANGLES BY TYPE — and wondering what other new tangles might come forth based on this fun type of reticulum (reticula is the plural form). A creative challenge to those so inclined 😉

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24 comments to How to draw FINDUS

  • Ria! What a fabulous new tangle!! It’s elegant and versatile yet so easy to draw. I absolutely LOVE your “stained glass” effect too. Mmmmmmmm … I look forward to playing with it soon! 🙂

    • Ria Matheussen

      It is very pleasant to read that you want to play with this tangle, and play is te right word: there are so many ways to use this one. Also drawn in the round can be a start for a nice zendala. Thank you very much Jan for your kind reaction and I hope you will enjoy Findus. I’m glad you like also my use of Tink to become a look of”stained glass”!

  • Linda Dochter

    So joyful as a ribbon. Thank you, Ria.

    • Ria Matheussen

      Thank you very much Linda for this nice reaction. Findus drawn as a string is also my faverite version of this new tangle. You can draw it in a straight way but I prefer the “wavy” ribbon.

  • Zuhal Fischer

    Very nice new tangle. I ‘m gonna use it very soon, thank you.

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    So elegant and refined! Thank you, Ria!

    • Ria Matheussen

      Thank you very much Jennifer. It is always pleasant to receive positiv feedback after publishing a new tangle, so I am very glad you like this one and hope you can use it in your wonderful tanglework!

  • Susan Kelley Pundt

    What a pretty pattern, Ria!

  • This will be a fun play. Thanks for sharing Ria.

    • Ria Matheussen

      Yeah Sue, I’m sure there are many ways to use this pattern and also different variations are possible. It’s up to you to explore and enjoy. Many thanks for your positive feedback. I’m very grateful!

  • Brenda DeBock

    Love this tangle in stained glass. I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Ria Matheussen

      Thank you very much for sending this nice comment. Tink is a very nice pattern to achieve a kind of “stained glass” but maybe you ‘ll find more options. I wish you nice moments while exploring Findus and his variations.

  • Deborah J Davis

    This is a beautiful tangle. Thank you so much.

    • Ria Matheussen

      Thank you for giving me a nice compliment. It is just an example but you can use and color and variate this one in many ways. I hope you will enjoy while drawing.

  • Debbie Huntington

    Such a nice pattern!! I’ve been living with this pattern on this EXACT door (with out the top piece, every day!! Now our door will remind me of you and your pattern! 🙂

    • Ria Matheussen

      Wow, what a coïncidence. I think it is great to have such a beautiful door on your house. As you can see, tiny differences are between Findus and the pattern on the door. I think more variations are possible and it is an easy one to use in combination with other tangles. I’m very glad with your comment and also, when I ‘ll draw this one I will think on someone, far away who is lucky to have such a wonderful door. Thank you very much!!!

  • Ria Matheussen

    It’s pleasant when you find a new tangle and you can share it with others. I’m grateful that Findus got a place on this great databank. Thank you very much Linda!!!

  • HeidiSue

    Oh I love this! It’s elegant. Love it in a border!

  • Love this pattern Ria. I’m going to make it a focus pattern in my weekly group, NowZen! Axxx

    • Ria Matheussen

      Thank you very much Annie for your kind feedback. I’m glad you like Findus and I’m honored you are going to make it the focus pattern in your group, I wish you succes! Greetings from Belgium!

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