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How to draw MOOLEAF

Zentangle pattern: Mooleaf. 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 my tangling friends!

Here’s our last tangle for May and it’s a sweet one from Japanese CZT Hiromi Fukoka.

Mooleaf is Hiromi’s fourth tangle on the site, most recently we explored her Temari tangle (and a fascinating background).

Mooleaf shares DNA with tangles from the past, the Zentangle-original Mooka and also with CZT Jason Lau’s Hollyhock.

Hiromi writes,

Today I would like to share with you “Mooleaf”, a tangle inspired by my daughter Emi’s favorite plant.

Emi and I run a painting class. We have many plants in the classroom and Emi takes care of them.

She draws pictures of the plants and takes very good care of them.

The pothos plant is not in the classroom now, but it is my favorite plant.

Plants are beautiful to look at, smell good, and provide a lot of healing.

Even when I am tired or in pain, plants cheer me up.

I would be happy if I could give such healing to the world.

I am honored that you all appreciate my work.

Hiromi illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Mooleaf below where she includes several different ways of varying the basic tangle. In her lovely Renaissance Tan Zendala Hiromi pairs Mooleaf with a Printemps-filled zenbutton frame.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Mooleaf, tangle and deconstruction by Hiromi Fukuoka. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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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.

Be sure your submission isn't “a thing to draw” rather than a genuine pattern (“a repeated decorative design”).

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."

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    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
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The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your JPGs. (Please save me time and do not send PDFs). It also includes a link to this PDF submission form.

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If your pattern is posted on your blog, attach your steps and tile JPGs 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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  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.
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8 comments to How to draw MOOLEAF

  • Joyce Blodgett

    This is not only fun to draw, but I like the name, too…”moo” being the sound of one of my favorite animals (cows, of course). Probably a bit childish to like bovines, I suppose, but they have distinct personalities and are, for the most part, very gentle animals, so are easy to like.
    But I digress; I like this pattern because of how easy it is to draw–some days my brain wants simplicity (more often than not now that I’m 70 plus a few months)—and how easy it is to give it personality 😀

  • Sue Zanker

    What a lovely pattern with its variations as well, a “double dip of joy”!
    Looking forward to giving it a whirl! Thank you both!

  • Sarryanna

    Thanks for another fun leaf pattern, there can never be too many.

  • Janette

    Thank you Hiromi for the mooleaf tangle. I love the simplicity and flow of this organic tangle . Your
    directional arrows made this a pleasure to recreate.

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    The name still gives me such a smile! <3 And I am having a playful fun time watching my tangles grow across my tiles, taking pleasure in having time to fill them up with more tangles! Thank you!

  • Jessica L DykesCZT39

    Love this “mooka leaf” tangle! I think #mooleaf also shares some “DNA” with #Toodles.

  • AKLeeAnn CZT36

    If you like Mooleaf, take a look at a very similar tangle, Olluan:
    https://tanglepatterns.com/2017/06/how-to-draw-olluan.html
    by Tina Hunziker, 2017. This has been a long-time favorite of mine.

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