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How to draw USWOOSH

Zentangle pattern: Uswoosh. 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.Happy Friday and welcome to a brand new month of tangle inspiration!

Our tangle today is Uswoosh from New Zealand tangler Rhiannon McKinstry and it’s her second on the site.

Not only do we have a fun and possibly a bit challenging tangle, but Rhiannon is also sharing her recipe for Chocolate Porridge and you’ll understand in a moment why …

About her Uswoosh tangle Rhiannon says, “It’s closest to Huggins meets Chainging, with a little of K-Leesi thrown in, but is constructed differently to any of them.”

She explains how she came up with Uswoosh,

This tangle was discovered as I made chocolate porridge for Sunday morning breakfast for the family.

As I was stirring the porridge in a lazy figure-8, I could see U’s and C’s forming and swirling after the spoon. The soft swoosh-swoosh sound of the spoon moving through the cocoa infused milky oats. They start as U’s then get little circular swirls off the edge of the spoon as it moves further… and there it was.

Now I just had to figure out how to deconstruct the tangle…

Incidentally, the porridge was delicious. My two year old daughter had three bowls!

Here’s a first on the site, a recipe!

Chocolate Porridge Recipe (4 servings):

Image by Omi Sido from Pixabay

2 cups oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp sugar or sugar substitute
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
4 cups milk, either dairy or almond milk

Microwave: Mix all ingredients together in a large microwave safe bowl.
Microwave on High for 3 minutes at a time, stirring in between, until the oats are cooked (that’s about 11 minutes on my 1100W)
I like to put a silicone baking sheet or silicone cake pan underneath the bowl in the microwave because it tends to bubble over on occasion!

Stovetop: put all ingredients in a large pot and heat, stirring occasionally till boiling.
Turn down the heat a bit, and simmer stirring constantly for about 4 minutes or till cooked.

Uswoosh begins with pairs of offset orbs/dots which are then connected with C curves. In “Step 4” Rhiannon shows another way to connect the orbs for a slightly different shape and in “Step 5” she shows how creating a regular grid of orbs/dots creates an overall pattern.

Rhiannon illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Uswoosh below. In her monotangle tile of Uswoosh ribbons she demonstrates ways to vary and embellish her tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Uswoosh, tangle and deconstruction by Rhiannon McKinstry. 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 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

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  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. 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.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
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