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How to draw TOKU

Zentangle pattern: Toku. 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 friends and Happy Friday, so nice to see you again 🙂

Today’s “natural” Toku tangle is from Maryland CZT Julie Isaac and it’s her third on the site.

Julie explains Toku was inspired by a photo she includes on her blog noting that to tangle Toku,

First comes the keystone, in architecture also known as the voussoir (pronounced ‘voo-swar’). Then build on either side with alternating wedges and flats.

It should be noted that as a comment on the original inspiration photo points out about rock stacking “It is considered vandalism by the national park service and is illegal.” To which Julie adds, “Like the art of Zentangle®, rock balancing is considered a creative and therapeutic art that exercises focus. While we are advised not to build rock structures in the wild, I hope you will enjoy building Zentangle arches with Toku.” So it’s perfectly A-Okay in our Zentangle art and we’re good. No laws broken …

Remembering that a tangle has “no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines”, Toku is a fun tangle to use when you happen to have a string with curved lines you can take advantage of. Or not!

Julie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Toku here on her blog and she provides a link to download a PDF. As she notes with her sample Zentangle and Zendala tiles, “Pairs nicely with: Boulder Builder by Bunny (Frances) Wright CZT 13. Can also make a lovely reticula.

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It's fun and easy — forget about traditional "art rules" for shading, this is Zentangle and those rules do not apply!

As we are coached in the chapter on Shading in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1, "Ignore the light source ... in Zentangle shading we do not consider the type or direction of the light source. ... More often, shading is a component of the tangle itself that we use to play with dimension, emphasis, and contrast."

Everything you need to know is here in two free tutorials on TanglePatterns.

  1. TanglePatterns Shading Mini Clinic, Part 1 by CZT Marizaan van Beek, and
  2. TanglePatterns Shading Mini Clinic, Part 2 by CZT Sandy Bartholomew

You can always locate these and many other helpful tutorials by visiting the TUTORIALS tab on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar as shown here:

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  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. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. 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.
  6. "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.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
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