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How to draw RYLL

Zentangle pattern: Ryll. 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.Hello again friends and a very Happy Monday to ya.

Today is a new federal holiday in the USA and thus we have a nice long Summer weekend. The actual Juneteenth observance takes place on June 19th but when the 19th falls on a weekend then Monday is the designated holiday (the same way July 4th holidays work).

The New York Times explains:

Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.

President Biden signed legislation last year that made Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, a federal holiday.

The Juneteenth holiday celebrating the freedom of people who once were slaves reminded me of a wonderful (long since closed) soul food restaurant in Toronto called The Underground Railroad.

Opened in early 1969, the establishment became one of the city’s best-known and popular restaurants for over 20 years, where locals took out-of-town guests to rub elbows with celebrities and professional athletes.

When Robert and I were first married in the 1970’s and still lived in TO, we loved their Sunday Brunch. I can still recall those wonderful meals especially the amazing Sunday Brunch biscuits with honey (sweet tooth here!). The restaurant was named, of course, for the actual underground railroad and its fascinating history. If you read the article about the restaurant linked above, you’ll learn that it was founded by an African American athlete (CFL football) working in Toronto:

When Georgia native John Henry Jackson came to Toronto in 1960 to become quarterback of the Toronto Argonauts, he pined for the food of home.

He was approached by famed jazz drummer Archie Alleyne (best known as a drummer for influential jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster) and veteran restaurant owner Howard Matthews and the rest, as they say, was history. Visiting celebrities and athletes loved to visit The Underground Railroad and hang out there along with all the Torontonians like us who likewise loved the place.

And — believe it or not — all this actually has a connection to today’s Ryll tangle from Minnesota CZT Esther Piszczek. Because Ryll has “a railroad track border” 🙂 [Some segue, eh?!] And I’m guessing Esther intends us to pronounce it like “rail”?

First, Esther tells us more about herself (her first introduction was included with C-Bun),

I retired from the practice of law in 2008 and became a CZT in 2012. Zentangle® has helped me to reform my perfectionistic ways. I have been teaching Zentangle since 2013 and I love introducing people to the power of simple lines. I live in Duluth, MN, with my husband Paul and our cat Misha.

And introduces Ryll,

I was playing with a snakey, plant-like pattern … I added some black and then some lines, a railroad track border and … Ryll was born.

I love its simple dimensionality and how it changes with shading.

It can be used as a stand alone band tangle or or stacked together using a channel grid.

Ryll is Esther’s 7th tangle on the site. It’s our easy Monday tangle and I love its 3D, architectural structure, the shading really makes it …

Esther illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Ryll below where she demonstrates a variety of ways to vary the tangle and its shading in a Zentangle tile with the Zentangle-originals Tipple and Fescu (as Esther notes “mature” 😉 ).

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Ryll, tangle and deconstruction by Esther Piszczek. 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. (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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