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How to draw KRUFFLE

Zentangle pattern: Kruffle. 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.Hi everyone, great to see you again!

Welcome to another week of fun tangles and as usual we warm up our Microns with a super easy one.

Colorado CZT Kelli King’s fun ribbon-style Kruffle (not to be confused with CZT Sandy Hunter’s Cruffle) is a tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Crescent Moon.

Kelli explains how she got into Zentangle and and gives us the background on her tangle,

I have been tangling since 2014 when I saw some Zentangle art on the blog of a friend of mine. I asked her what in the world “Zentangle” was, and she directed me to Rick and Maria’s site where I found my local CZT Deb Prewitt and took an intro class. I’d never taken an “art” class before, but she made it so fun and attainable! I just loved it. I still have that cute little muslin bag I got during that intro class.

I haven’t always been a super-active tangler, but I kept coming back to Zentangle when I needed to clear my head of stressful things or when I just wanted to relax and create something. When ZTHQ started releasing their project packs I ordered every single one as they came out and just got so excited about Zentangle! I came back to it full-force in 2020 (because…2020!) and I decided that I really needed to share this with people as a CZT myself. I attended the very first online CZT seminar 36, and it was amazing. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. In a world full of negativity, Zentangle and Zentangle people are truly a light in the darkness. I learned so much and had so much fun! Now, I just can’t stop tangling.

I have called this tangle “Kruffle” because I first drew it when I was experimenting with how to make Crescent Moon into a border, and when I showed it to my husband he said it looked like a ruffle. So…Kruffle.

There are many ways to embellish and “tangleate” Crescent Moon and Kruffle can add a simple frame to a Zentangle tile and/or “ride the string” if that’s the way you want to go.

Kelli illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Kruffle below and she notes about her duotangle, “In my example I have also used Bronx Cheer. Not telling what’s underneath that 😉 “. In case you’re wondering why Kelli’s tile looks a little different from her steps, she’s used Kruffle along the string thus no ink stroke through the middle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Kruffle, tangle and deconstruction by Kelli King. 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. (Small side note: if you look at the legalese in Pinterest, you are legally responsible for obtaining permission to post every photo that gets ‘Pinned’. Giving credit or sharing the source link doesn’t count.) Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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How to submit your pattern to TanglePatterns

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!

"A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines."

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.

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 me time and 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

  1. 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.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. 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.
  5. "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.
  6. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  7. 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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