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How to draw CHABA

Zentangle pattern: Chaba. 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.Hi there friends, it’s Labor Day weekend!

Our last long weekend of Summer 2022 … I, for one, have no idea where summer went. BUT on the plus side, can pumpkin spice lattes be far away???

Today’s Chaba tangle is from Hong King CZT Bing Chan and it’s her first on the site.

You’ll undoubtedly recall in the past I’ve said how in our neck of the woods the Labor Day weekend is generally regarded as the height of our hurricane season so Chaba seemed an appropriate tangle for today. A talisman to keep them away so-to-speak, even as we keep a watchful eye on a couple of systems out there “as we speak”, including Hurricane Danielle looking like it’s heading towards the UK!

As Bing notes Chaba shares DNA with several other tangles and her examples show some great embellishments that might work with any of its relatives.

She introduces herself and her tangle:

I just joined the CZT seminar last Easter (2022), CZT Asia 18 which is great and eye opening. A year ago, I was amazed by Zentangle®, not only the beauty of all those patterns, but also enjoy the peace of mind while tangling.

I discover Chaba on the typhoon day. It’s named Chaba because it’s the name of the typhoon, tropical cyclone (named by Thailand) – tropical flower, hibiscus. The satellite picture of Chaba looks like a round, huge swirl with an eye in the middle. Though Chaba was blowing very hard outside (wind speed 117 – 180 km/hrs), when I started to tangle the eye of Chaba, aura after aura, I feel safe and at ease. The satellite picture is attached:


After I finalised Chaba, I wonder if it could be a new pattern. It is similar to some of the patterns like Lapwing, Spoolies, Sand Swirl, Verve or even Well. Or will be that too simple?! “Anything is possible.” It’s no harm to try. Therefore, I write to you.

Chaba is a closed round pattern and starts with number “6”, lots of auras. We take off in different parts of one side of the wing, (not necessary in same interval) and land at the same point. It can be a border or a frame, even a string.

Enjoy the auras of Chaba. Make use your imagination to play with it. Round shape tangle always makes me happy like, Jetties and Tipples.

Though it is named after a typhoon, we believe the sunshine is always here. Have fun with Chaba!

Bing’s right, and it’s a great metaphor: there’s always sunshine behind every cloud!

Bing illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Chaba below and she includes three beautiful tiles showing various ways to explore this tangle. “The additional patterns I use are Crescent Moon, Tipple, Eke, Punzel, Shattuck, Doodah, Dragonair, Icantoo and Keeko.” She also shows how Chaba can be used as a string.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Chaba, tangle and deconstruction by Bing Chan. 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. For more information, click on the image for a discussion entitled “Artists for Respect” by several prominent artists. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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Have a wonderful, safe and happy long weekend, see you back here again on Monday!

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