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How to draw HIRARI

Zentangle pattern: Hirari. 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.Greetings all, so nice to have your company once again.

Today Japanese CZT Midori Furuhashi shares her touching personal story with us and Hirari, a lovely tangleation developed from the Zentangle®-originals Fengle or Well, depending on which way you go with it.

First, Midori introduces herself:

I was born in Hiroshima in 1962. I have been a painter after I graduated from Kyoto municipal Art University in Japan.

My main theme of painting is cats. I started it after the big earthquake hit East Japan in 2011. I felt that making people smile is my mission as a painter, and I could do it with cat paintings.

My small art book “Mistigri au Japon” was published from ION edition in France. My artworks are included in “Cats Rock” edited by Elizabeth Daley from Cernunnos.

I was diagnosed with lung cancer stage 3B in 2015. I could spent calm hospital days with drawing. I felt the great healing power of art.

I discovered Zentangle in 2017 after my cancer metastasis and in June 2018 became certified at CZT30. Fortunately, I’m still alive, and teach Zentangle to others.

Zentangle gave me a new power to live.

I teach in many class learning about PRIMER Vol 1 in Japanese. Many students became CZTs after having these class. It gives me a great happiness. I can feel the meaning of my life.

I really appreciate being here in Zentangle worldwide community. I’m so happy if I could do something for the community.

Here she explains the inspiration for creating Hirari and the reason for its name.

The name “Hirari “ came from onomatopoeia. We Japanese use onomatopoeia a lot. Hirari means something fluttering.

I think it’s a good season to introduce this tangle. People can see many flowers fluttering with wind. I wanted to express the image of “fluttering” of petals.

I have taught in many classes as CZT after I got the certification in 2018 in Providence. And I knew that many ladies love drawing flower image with tangle.

Zentangle is not a representational art. But I wondered if I could add more lively feeling on tangle flower. I focus on petals and found they turn over when the wind blows.

First, I added Rick’s Flux shape on the top of flower petal which was made from Well or Fengle. They looked so nice!

Then, I started thinking it’s good if we have tangle like fluttering petal shape.

At last, I made this tangle. It’s very simple. You can arrange it in various way. I hope you love it.

Midori illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hirari below and she demonstrates two different ways to tangle it as well as some embellishment variations to explore for the “fluttering bits”.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hirari, tangle and deconstruction by Midori Furuhashi. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In these steps, Midori demonstrates how to tangle a variation with just Hiraris fluttering petals.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hirari, tangle and deconstruction by Midori Furuhashi. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Midori’s trio of gorgeous Zendalas featuring both her versions of Hirari.

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9 comments to How to draw HIRARI

  • Ria Matheussen

    I love your story, your tiles and of course your wonderful pattern. THank you very much for sharing and I wish you all the best for the future and many pleasant moments while drawing!

  • Dessie Arnold

    Wow! This tangle looks like it will be lots of fun to draw and beautiful! I love the beautiful tiles you did, too. Since I am a cat lover, I had to Google you to see if any of your cat paintings showed up, and I LOVE what I saw, especially the cats in Japanese dress. Thank you Midori for sharing your tangle with us, and of course, Linda for making this possible.

  • Malvine Wolf

    This is so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for showing your various interpretations of how you apply and vary the look of this pattern. I so appreciate your sharing it with us.

  • Nina

    Midori your art is enchanting and goes straight to the heart. It’s delicate yet complicated and so lovingly brought into the world, with patience and such a deep connection to each piece that I can feel it here through the humidity in Toronto, Canada. Keep going, make more art! Stay in the flow! Thank you for sharing this .

  • Maxine Erickson

    Midori, Thank you for sharing your wonderful and inspiring art with us all, I cannot wait to try it. I love your story and am so happy you are still here among us. I love your cats in Traditional dress. they are so darling, I googles your works and also love the books you contributed too. Glad you became a CZT to inspire all the rest of us who may be able to take calss with you.

  • LLS

    This is a beautifully elegant tangle! The Zendalas and tile are gorgeous! I love the subtle colors!

  • What a lovely, delicate tangle! I love all the variations you drew and I’ll bet there are many small nuances one can draw to add even more variety! I’m so sorry to hear you have lung cancer, Midori. I hope the Zentangle Method continues to distract and relax you as you focus on one stroke at a time. <3

  • Deborah J Davis

    Your tangle is beautiful and the instructions (step-out) looks thorough. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you

  • Indrani Novello

    Wow, I love these!! I am very fond of flower-inspired tangles myself, and I am in absolute awe of your tiles! One can tell that you have an artist’s education as your background; they are stunning!
    Can’t wait to try these variations out!

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