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How to draw LILILINDE

Zentangle pattern: Lililinde. 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 y’all! Here’s our tangle to wrap up the month of July 2022.

The sweet Lililinde is from German CZT Nadine Roller and it’s her ninth tangle on the site.

On her blog Nadine explains how she named her tangle, “LI like lily, LI like love, LINDE like my mother Gerlinde. My new favorite pattern of love is dedicated to her.

Nadine writes,

It’s pretty as a filler pattern, but also looks great as a border.

It is so wonderfully simple and yet very effective, depending on how you arrange it it looks completely different. It gives a lot of joy and satisfaction.

After I explored the various ways of tangling Lililinde, I selected the grid version to use as my example. The symmetrical version she shows in her first video (below and on her blog) is fun too.

Nadine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lililinde here on her blog where she features ways to tangle Lililinde in grid form, in the round, and as a focal point. She shows us Lililinde in tiles, a zendala, as decorative ZIA stripes on stationery, and as a ZIA frame around a quote in German that roughly translates to “You can’t cross an ocean by simply staring at the water“.

Nadine’s post also includes videos in German demonstrating how to tangle Lililinde. Note: You don’t need to understand German to follow Nadine’s videos, I turned the sound off to focus on the visuals.

In her first video (14:28) Nadine demonstrates how to tangle Lililinde from the center of a tile and grow it symmetrically outwards. She then adds solid ink and shading.

In the second video (6:50) Nadine demonstrates how to use the Lililinde shapes in the round as a ZIA sun shape, using a smiley face sticker as the center. A fun enhancement to seal an envelope.

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6 comments to How to draw LILILINDE

  • Jill Pike

    What an awesome tangle! I look forward to learning it and using it.

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Well, didn’t my beanious brain just fail me!?! Tried to draw this one, and totally messed up! I’ll get it, just need to practice it for a while. I can see where it’s going to be a really sweet pattern, especially as I use colors after I master it.

  • Jody Genovese

    Dear Nadine, I love how you named this for your mother. The pattern is beautiful and I am going to try every version. Thank you for giving us another wonderful pattern to play with.

  • Annette

    Beautiful! Will try it soon.

  • Monica Pariani

    Es asombro la variedad de usos de este tangle. Me encanto.

    Linda’s edit with the help of Google Translate: “It is amazing the variety of uses of this tangle. I loved.”

  • Deanna J. Rankin

    This pattern is gorgeous and so easy to draw. Thanks!

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