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How to draw Y-KNOT

Zentangle pattern: Y-Knot. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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 y’all, dee-lighted to have your company again.

Today’s Y-Knot tangle is from Korean CZT HyunJu Park and it’s her first on the site.

In the mists of time Maria’s daughter Molly had come up with a pattern she named Y-Knot that ultimately was never released. If I recall correctly it was deemed too complex to be as zenful as tangles in the Zentangle Method™. It didn’t meet the Zentangle® requirement of being “easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

On the contrary, HyunJu’s Y-Knot is surprisingly easy to do and not only makes an effective pattern on its own, it can also be filled with whatever embellishments you desire as HyunJu illustrates in the tiles included on her steps image.

y-knot-tile1

Here she introduces herself and explains the inspiration for her tangle:

My name is HyunJu Park and I live in Suwon, South Korea.

I have been enjoying decorative art as a hobby for a long time. In 2015, while looking for a pattern I wanted to draw on a plate, I discovered Zentangle. And I fell in love with Zentangle.

I went to Providence, USA in 2017 and became a CZT because I wanted to help people in need of comfort and rest. Meeting so many people and teaching Zentangle has changed my life to be comfortable, generous, lively, creative and happy.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, I have had more free time.

While looking around the patterns I had collected a long time ago, my eyes caught on to a piece of op art, and I was inspired by that work. When I tangled it, it looked like a ribbon from a gift box.

It was named Y-Knot because Y in the triangle seems to have made a knot.

This is Omar Rayo’s Kumo XV op art piece that inspired Y-Knot. This is my Zendala tile.

y-knot-zendala

Wikipedia tells us,

Omar Rayo Reyes (January 20, 1928 – June 7, 2010) was a renowned Colombian painter, sculptor, caricaturist and plastic artist. He won the 1970 Salón de Artistas Colombianos.

Rayo worked with abstract geometry primarily employing black, white, red and yellow. He was part of the Op Art movement.

Rayo’s work shows that geometric art is as much a part of the past as it is of the future. He used traces of the past to discover new ways to present visual and geometric sketches.

On January 20, 2012, Google celebrated Rayo’s 84th birthday with a Google Doodle:

Google Doodle celebrating Omar Rayo's 84th Birthday

HyunJu illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Y-Knot below and she includes three gorgeous tiles featuring her tangle. She offers these tips:

When deconstructing the pattern, we start with a grid base. When drawing Y inside a triangle, the point is to draw it parallel to one side of the triangle (Steps 3-5). By changing the grid or starting position or mirroring, you can make various meta-patterns.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Y-Knot, tangle and deconstruction by HyunJu Park. 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 TanglePatterns.com reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

In this set of Bijou tiles HyunJu demonstrates Y-Knot in it’s original state together with more ways of exploring Y-Knot by emphasizing different combinations of fills.

y-knot-tiles2

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