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How to draw LENA

Zentangle pattern: Lena. 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! Here we go with another beautiful month just brimming with creative possibilities 🙂

Today we’re taking a trip to Spain! Our sweet and easy Monday tangle is called Lena and it’s from Spanish CZT Aido Rico.

Aida introduces herself and her first tangle on the site,

My name is Aida Rico, and I live in Gijón, a town in Asturias at the north of Spain.

I discovered Zentangle® in March 2020, during lock down and it saved my life. I felt very anxious with the situation, but when I discovered Zentangle, this happened to be the best anxiolytic ever known.

This pattern is called Lena because of a bas-relief in a pre-romanesque church in Asturias, called Santa Cristina de Lena, that inspired me to create it.

It is a ribbon-style tangle, and admits different variations changing the central shape (hearts, circles, drops – although the original one is with hearts) and the fillings of these shapes.

Santa Cristina de Lena - By Amfeli

Santa Cristina de Lena – By Amfeli – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. To view the beautiful detail, click the image for an enlarged version.

What a stunningly beautiful piece of truly ancient architecture. Inspiring indeed.

The town of Gijón has not one but two CZTs. Not long ago we explored CZT Gildo Sobrino’s Siditow tangle and if you check out his tangle you can learn a little more about this Spanish maritime town.

Aida illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lena below and she features it in a monotangle demonstrating some ways to explore and have fun with her tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Lena, tangle and deconstruction by Aida Rico. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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5 comments to How to draw LENA

  • Amanda Toliver-Cunningham

    Aida- Thank you so much for creating and sharing this tangle! I love it! I hope we get to see a lot more of your patterns here in the future! Thanks again! God bless.

  • Sandra L Watkins

    Thank you! I love tangles with heart shapes. I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the church and reading on Wikipedia about its unique architecture.

  • What a beautiful tangle, Aida! So glad you found Zentangle and we found you. My son is living near Gijón. When I get the chance to visit him, I would love to visit your beautiful cathedral and perhaps meet you there? Big hugs, Annie

  • Ria Matheussen

    Many years ago (I am retired now) when I studied to become a tourguide I had to learn a lot about art history. I know how much beautiful architecture you have in Spain. Here I see a gorgeous picture and a lovely tangle. I like to dig in history to find inspiration. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for the share, a pretty border with hearts too.

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