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How to draw ZENTILO

Zentangle pattern: Zentilo. 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 again friends! Welcome back for a brand new week of fresh tangle inspiration.

And a trip to the French Côte d’Azur!

Today’s Zentilo tangle is from French CZT Catherine Rousseau and it’s her first on the site.

Catherine is from Nice, France, a city located on the “French Riviera” on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most visited places in France according to Wikipedia:

The first known hominid settlements in the Nice area date back about 400,000 years (homo erectus); the Terra Amata archeological site shows one of the earliest uses of fire, construction of houses, as well as flint findings dated to around 230,000 years ago. Nice was probably founded around 350 BC by colonists from the Greek city of Phocaea.

… The clear air and soft light have particularly appealed to notable painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman. Their work is commemorated in many of the city’s museums, including Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts. International writers have also been attracted and inspired by the city.

… Because of its historical importance as a winter resort town for the European aristocracy and the resulting mix of cultures found in the city, UNESCO proclaimed Nice a World Heritage Site in 2021. The city has the second largest hotel capacity in the country, and it is the second most visited metropolis in the hexagon, receiving 4 million tourists every year. It also has the third busiest airport in France, after the two main Parisian ones.

Image by Julian Hacker from Pixabay

I highly recommend taking a moment to read a little of Wikipedia’s entry about Nice, it’s a fascinating detour.

Catherine introduces herself and her tangle,

I discovered the Zentangle® method for the first time in 2015, but I told myself that it was not for me: in middle school, the drawing teacher told me that I was very bad at drawing …

I became interested in the Zentangle Method™ again at the end of 2020, when I was pursuing a personal development process and starting to practice meditation and there, it was obvious: this method was totally made for me!

I took advantage of the online organization of the CZT EU4 training seminar by the Conzentric team in March 2021, to become a CZT. My goal was to be able to teach the method within an association of well-being and health, in which I practice Qi Gong. For various reasons, I have not yet been able to set up the courses. So I continue to tangle and take classes from various teachers in the CZT community and it’s a great pleasure!

I drew my pattern for the first time one day when it was very hot, I strongly thought about using a fan, while thinking of an airplane jet engine as I heard a plane take off in the sky of Nice (we have an international airport). I then deconstructed my pattern and named it “Zentilo”.

Zentilo has a bit of a Zenbutton effect to it and has many possibilities for varying it starting with changing the basic rice shape in Step 2 to a petal shape. Subtle but different.

Catherine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zentilo below where she demonstrates some different ways to embellish it. She notes, “To present it on my tile, I chose to associate it with Chaba by Bing Chan, CZT and Polystatic by Lucy Farran, CZT because they were then the last two tangles that I had just discovered via the TanglePatterns newsletter. I encourage you to use Zentilo also as a string” as she has done in her lovely ZIA Zendala above.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zentilo, tangle and deconstruction by Catherine Rousseau. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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1 comment to How to draw ZENTILO

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    The zendala is breathtaking and just a wonderful example of how Zentilo can be used to stunning effect! I’m sitting down to play with Zentilo now and I can hear plane engines which seems quite fitting. Thank you for sharing a lovely new circular style pattern <3

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