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How to draw KLIPI

Zentangle pattern: Klipi. 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 friends!

I can always tell we’re rapidly running out of the lazy days of summer when back-to-school ads begin running rampant. It signals a great time of year to stock up on creative supplies at the office supply stores because they’re usually on sale.

I kinda have a thing for composition notebooks and whatever colorful new markers Crayola comes up with 🙂 … actually to share the whole truth, I have a weak spot (like a kid in a candy store) for office supplies stores in general!

While we’re on that subject, this is the perfect time to consider helping your local school teachers buy supplies for their classrooms. (We won’t get into how appalling is “the system” that this is even necessary, let’s just do what we can to fix it.)

According to the National Education Association (NEA) it’s not unusual for teachers to spend upwards of $1,000 of their own modest salaries on a whole range of classroom supplies, even including snacks and backpacks for children who would otherwise go without. See the NEA’s eye-opening article, “Educators Speak Out on Buying Their Own School Supplies” to get an idea of the kinds of things teachers spend their paychecks on for their students. Here’s are two examples I’ve selected from the article, there are many more:

Elizabeth Brown, Utah: “I’m an art teacher at four schools with almost 3,000 students. My budget is around $350. My budget covers a piece of construction paper per student. Without searching out grants, leg work for DonorsChoose, and my own pocket, all we would do is draw with pencils and old broken crayons.”

Ryan Knight, Indiana: “Every year I budget $1,000 for my classroom expenses. I have to buy basic supplies for my room: tissues, paper towels, markers, cleaners, pencils, erasers, pencils, folders, binders, glue, hole punchers, whiteout, staples, tape, Post-it’s, flash cards, “clickers,” and more. Some people don’t realize that middle and high school teachers rarely have classroom supply lists like elementary teachers do…the cost falls back on us.

I also bought my own audio system because my music classroom does not have a sound system. I spend money on educational posters and visual tools to help students remember details and stay engaged. I teach in three different classrooms, so I purchase materials for all three spaces. Our school has given us some help with supplies, but teachers can only request supplies up to $75 for the whole year.

Our school has been given 1:1 devices, but I had to buy my own case and accessories. I also bought a lot of the software used to run my department: website hosting, Adobe subscription, cloud storage, study tools, and other online resources that the school won’t pay for. I’ve even bought styluses for my class because kids don’t have them and the school can’t afford to get one for every child.”

Another resource I found for those wanting to help classrooms is They offer corporate sponsorship opportunities too. If you know of others, please feel free to share in the comments. Here’s a quick video (1:31)  with Stephen Colbert enthusing about DonorsChoose:

Without the dedication and generosity of our teachers, where would we all be?? Please help if you are able …

To reward your patience for staying with me this far, we’re going to enjoy two-for-one today.

We begin with Macedonian tangler Elena Hadzijaneva’s Klipi then coming to your inbox later today is her Fasad tangle …

Zentangle pattern: Klipi. 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.Klipi is her eleventh tangle on the site and it’s one from the archives, Elena posted it 10 years ago.

For my main example above of Klipi, I found it helped to draw sets of parallel bars and then add the “square C” shapes for rest of each “box”, turning the tile of course! I also tried out Elena’s variation, shown on the right. This variation uses what we now call coffering in Zentanglish.

On flickr, look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen to download the steps.

Elena illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Klipi here on her flickr account where she goes by belatrix29 and signs her creations with the initial of her last name then her first name: HElena. Elena’s steps include a simple variation and what looks to me like an ATC-size “tile” featuring Klipi together with her grid-based Fasad tangle, coming up next to your inbox.

I hope you enjoy today’s two-for-one!

PS: if you’d like to know a little more about ATC’s, visit the recent Bali Breezeway.

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2 comments to How to draw KLIPI

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Reading your statement about knowing when school is about to start made me think of the little boy I heard in my home city a few years ago; he clearly hated school as he and his mother were shopping—mother was shopping, that is—because he said in a loud voice, “Aw, Mom, can’t this wait a few more weeks? It’s only July, I don’t need to be reminded of school this soon!” I know how he felt, having hated school myself!!

    This is a fun tangle to work, as is Fasad; I’m making the combination of them look like buildings, or the windows of buildings, and am having fun putting tiny (MINISCULE!) faces in each window 😀

  • Wardeeran

    This one gave me alot of trouble as grid patterns often do! They say challenge keeps your brain young so I should live for a long time! Thanks for the challenge!

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