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How to draw KALINGA

Zentangle pattern: Kalinga. 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.Welcome back my friends, off we go with another great week of tangle fun and creativity.

Today’s easy and versatile Kalinga ribbon-style tangle is from Canadian tangler Melanie Ringler and it’s her first on the site.

Melanie resides in Canada’s west coast in Burnaby, British Columbia. She introduces herself,

I have been practicing Zentangle® since 2013. I took a break in 2015 when I had my girl/boy twins. Finally, I can enjoy my hobbies again since our kids can play together without too much need for mommy. So thankful that I have tangling in my arsenal to combat the negativity of the Coronavirus pandemic and no longer having a full-time day job. In the future, I hope to become a CZT.

On her blog Melanie explains Kalinga was “created as a tribute to traditional Filipino tattoo artistry.”

Although Filipinos are classified as Asians, Filipinos are sometimes referred to as Pacific Islanders which is not entirely incorrect as the peoples share many traits and traditions.

There are many similarities between Filipino traditional tattoos and Polynesian designs. Firstly, the tattoos were a reflection of their rank in society and also as a record of their achievements. Secondly, the designs are similar. Thirdly, the tools used to hand-tap them include a thorn attached to a stick and a hammer to tap it into the skin. Lastly, in ancient Tagalog, the word for tattoos is “tatak” which is extremely similar to the Samoan word “tatau”.

Melanie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Kalinga here on her blog. She shares a tile demonstrating a variety of ways to embellish Kalinga and she explains more about  tattoos in Filipino culture.

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From The Book of Zentangle:

Keep it Non-representational. Zentangle artwork is intended to be non-representational. Zentangle’s elemental strokes are also non-representational.

We don’t teach complex elements such as hearts, stars or flowers. Tangles are also non-representational.

Remember that tangles never start with pencil planning! If you need a refresher on what makes a tangle, read the A PATTERN IS NOT ALWAYS A TANGLE page on the ZENTANGLES menu bar at the top of any page.

Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do NOT need to be a CZT. However, in order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com they must be submitted to me by email. In other words you have to let me know about them. Here's how:

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves my memory some wear and tear.)

If your pattern is posted on your blog, attach your steps and tile images to your email and be sure your email includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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Related Links

  • Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
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  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: a tangle NEVER starts with pencil planning.
  • How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
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