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How to draw REETI

Zentangle pattern: Reeti. 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, welcome back for another week of fun tangles (fun week of tangles?)!

Today’s Reeti tangle is from Nepali CZT Neeti Tibrewala and it’s her first on the site.

Neeti introduces herself, explains how Reeti came by its name and her inspiration for it:

I am Neeti Tibrewala, CZT#36 from Kathmandu, Nepal. My journey of Zentangle® art started from my first class with CZT Sandhya Manne. After that there was no looking back. Later, like practice make us feel confident and gives courage to take up bigger opportunities, I applied for the online Seminar for the CZT training.

The name to the tangle has a little story behind it. When I was pregnant with my first child, my cousins and I were having fun as to what names we can give to the child. So, we kind of came to a conclusion that if its a girl then we would name her Reeti. (Rahul plus Neeti). I’m a mother to a son so did not get the opportunity to give her the name.

While drawing this tangle the first thought was the name to the tangle and in the process the conversation was vivid in front of my eyes.

The inspiration to my tangle is Arukas Zentangle-original tangle. I have loved making Arukas and the rotation technique it follows.

For those of us interested in learning a bit about Kathmandu, Wikipedia explains:

Kathmandu, (also known as the city of temples) is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around 1 million. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley in central Nepal. The valley was historically called the “Nepal Mandala” and has been the home of the Newar people, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills. The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and hosts palaces, mansions and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy. … Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic, established in 2008, and is part of the Bagmati Province.

Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy. It has a multi-ethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy in the city.

In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor, and ranked first in Asia. The city is considered the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas and is home to several World Heritage Sites.

Skyline of Kathmandu city with beautiful landscape.

Skyline of Kathmandu city with beautiful landscape. By Sarscov2020 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Be sure to check out the Wikipedia entry for more on Kathmandu’s ancient history and for additional wonderful photographs.

As for Reeti, our easy Monday tangle …

It’s fun to experiment with changing the lengths of the shapes in Steps 2 and 3, you can come up with some interesting results.

Neeti illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Reeti below where she also demonstrates some variations and includes a duotangle tile that also features CZT Margaret Bremner’s Beadlines.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Reeti, tangle and deconstruction by Neeti Tibrewala. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw REETI

  • Deborah J Davis

    Your tangle looks challenging (I’m no so good at straight lines). I am looking forward to working with it. Thank you for sending it.

    Your ‘home town’ is in such a beautiful setting.

  • LLS

    This tangle reminds me of the matchstick crosses we made in arts and crafts class in school many years ago! It is beautiful, but Linda, I really find the information that you give about the different areas, plants, churches, and all the research you add to the site is so educational! I look forward to all the things that I learn in addition to the tangles. Thank you so Much!

  • Ria Matheussen

    Love the woodcarving and the Thanka art of Nepal. When I was young, I have seen with my own eyes the beauty of the Himalaya in Springtime when the Rhododendrons are blooming and I was very impressed. Congratulations with your pretty first tanglepattern and I’m sure you ‘ll find a lot of inspiration in Kathmandou!

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