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How to draw EMPIRE

Zentangle pattern: Empire. 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.Greetings my tangling friends 🙂

Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving Day holiday and this year I’m really looking forward to it because life seems just a little less fraught/hectic than it has been the past several years. So there’s both a “day off”, and a delicious feast to enjoy!

For the curious: I’m preparing a pretty traditional dinner, a whole turkey breast with dressing, mashed potatoes, and haricots verts with shallots. [BTW, the links are to my favorite, trusted recipe website. I have yet to be disappointed in anything I’ve prepared, exactly as they’re written – and we’ve enjoyed many, many of Jenn Segal’s recipes. If Once Upon a Chef is new to you and you try any of her recipes, be sure to tell her I sent you 😉 ] For dessert, I’m thinking Sticky Toffee Pudding.


Today’s pretty tangle, Empire, is another from Florida CZT Rachael Schwartz whose Herosq we explored a little earlier this month.

Empire is the recent submission that sent me searching through the “on hold” archives for CZT Susanna Redaelli’s Orciolo. You’ll observe they have a similarity in appearance but they’re not quite the same and are constructed differently.

Empire is constructed of a shape often referred to in design as scales (fish scale-inspired), a scallop shape often found in Art Deco pieces. Whereas Orciolo is built on an ogee grid. Both elegant tangles with lots of “relatives” on the site. The Zentangle®-original Tagh was one of the first of this particular type on the site but it’s constructed using rows of offset scallops with no “airgap” between each one the way Empire is created.

Rachael writes,

This tangle, Empire, was born after watching a Netflix series. As happens to all of us Tanglers at some point, I see patterns literally everywhere. Empire was inspired by wallpaper I noticed in the background of a particular scene. I quickly snapped a shot of it and then started deconstructing. While the wallpaper was basically the first example on my step-out, the more I played with the individual tangle, the more I realized how versatile it is.

For my example of Empire I didn’t think I had enough space at this scale to add the pretty rounding or striping embellishments Rachael includes in her examples so rather than clutter it up I left it as is. Lots of options to play with though.

Rachael illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Empire below and she includes more tiles demonstrating ways to use it in a variety of compositions.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Empire tangle and deconstruction by Rachael Schwartz. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether or not you are celebrating this special day, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an important part of this wonderful, caring, sharing Zentangle community.

With much love and gratitude not just today, but every day.

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. 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
  8. 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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