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How to draw CALIBREE

Zentangle pattern: Calibree. 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.Hello there, happy Friday to you and thanks as always for keeping me company, I’m delighted to have you here!

Today’s Calibree tangle is from California CZT Nancy Domnauer and it’s her third on the site.

We first met Nancy in 2014 before she became a CZT when she shared her Kelp tangle, today she includes an update on her background:

She discovered Zentangle® in the summer of 2013 and knew she had found something special. She formed a Tangle Club in her hometown of Morgan Hill, California and attended the CZT 18 seminar in Rhode Island in 2015. Nancy enjoys tangling as a meditative practice and for artistic expression. She enjoys introducing people to the art form and teaching Zentangle classes.

In this ZIA Zendala, Nancy features Calibree with the Zentangle-original Printemps.

Nancy introduces her Calibree tangle and explains how she named it,

Introducing Calibree, a random dot grid tangle pattern.

Calibree is a wonky dot grid pattern inspired by a breeze blowing in California. Begin by sprinkling random dots in a section of your tile. Connect 2 dots with a C-curve to form a pod shape. Continue connecting 2 dots at a time into a pod shape and when 4 pods are connected it makes a squarish design. Within the center of the squarish design, add an inner aura. Draw a line connecting the inner aura to each of the four corner dots. The inner aura stretches based on the placement of the random dot grid so it looks like a blanket hanging on a clothesline, stretching in the breeze. 

This pattern has many tangleation and shading possibilities. Enjoy!

In this Zentangle tile, Nancy features Calibree with the Zentangle-originals Flux, Tipple and Stoic.

Calibree is a combination of Suzanne McNeill’s Netting tangle although that’s formed on a regular open dot grid instead of Calibree‘s wonky one, and the Zentangle technique we call coffering. Both tangles share DNA with the Zentangle-original Bales without the regular gridlines. Calibree also shares DNA with Jacquelien Bredenoord’s Garlic Cloves.

For my example of Calibree, somehow I ended up with a triangular section instead of the squares Nancy intends, but … no mistakes in Zentangle! 😉

Nancy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Calibree below where she includes three Zentangle tiles demonstrating ways that adding shading, or using small orbs instead of dots in Step 1, changes the look of the tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Calibree, tangle and deconstruction by Nancy Domnauer. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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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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