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How to draw ORCIOLO

Zentangle pattern: Orciolo. 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 my lovely tangling friends 🙂

Today we have a very pretty tangle from Italian CZT Susanna Redaelli and it’s her fourth on the site. Most recently we explore her tangleation of Tipple and Fescu she named Tipplescu. To learn more about Susanna’s background check out her first tangle on the site, Rosone.

I rediscovered Orciolo on one of my recent excursions through the tangle archives. As I’ve noted in the past, occasionally a submission will arrive too close in time to something very similar that’s been posted recently. So in the interests of keeping a fresh variety of tangles going on the site, it probably lands in a holding pattern until I rediscover it in my regular reviews. Or it can be rediscovered when a new tangle submission reminds me of one I think I’ve seen pass through my inbox in the past, requiring a dig through the archives to find it.

Susanna writes,

Every autumn I propose meetings to raise awareness of the Zentangle Method, dedicating some sessions specifically to the black, gray and beige support. By discovering the Method you can simultaneously discover important aspects of the world of art: the history of the great masters, the techniques, the cultural traditions in the various eras linked to the decorations of everyday objects.

… [the year] 2020 celebrated the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael, the Renaissance master, with a series of events and major exhibitions throughout Italy and abroad. 

… Among the innovations of the period, the use of light and color in painting was of particular importance. And it was precisely with this in mind that I thought about and developed the designs of the tiles for the afternoon session, the theme of which was specifically our Italian Renaissance linked to decoration.

The occasion also suggested a new pattern which I am now officially presenting.

The name Orciolo comes from the Italian word for a vase with two handles.

I deconstructed an Italian pattern from the Renaissance Art of ceramic. It has the perfect shape for the Zentangle Method™.

Susanna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Orciolo here on her blog and her steps include several ways to vary the basic tangle with different fills.

Once you reach her blog post, scroll WAY down the page (pausing to admire her tiles) to locate the steps for Orciolo. Unless you speak Italian, to read Susanna’s post look for the Translate button on the page, or visit Google Translate and use it to translate into your preferred language.

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