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How to draw ROOTIE

Zentangle pattern: Rootie. 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 tangling friends and welcome to our last week of creative new tangles until our New Year, 2024.

I’m really looking forward to the wonderful holidays coming up shortly and hope you are too. But we still have a few days left, so let’s get to it …

Today’s sweet and easy Rootie tangle is from Delaware tangler Rochelle Salmon and it’s her first on the site.

Rochelle introduces herself and tells us about her Rootie tangle,

I am a South Jersey Girl with deep roots in Hammonton, New Jersey. After a long career in Human Resources, I retired to Southern Delaware. I have an MBA in Human Resource Management and am a Certified Life Coach.

I was introduced to Zentangle® quite by accident this past summer during an afternoon at the pool. I was sitting at the table coloring in an adult coloring book and a neighbor asked me “is that Zentangle?” We talked for a while and she showed me pictures of Zentangle patterns on her phone. I was intrigued and did my own research when I returned home. Within a few days and a few Amazon orders, I had a book, a pack of tiles, pens, shading pencils and tortillons. The very first pattern I learned was Crescent Moon and I have been learning and drawing and learning and drawing every day since.

I think the inspiration for this tangle simply comes from my daily Zentangle practice. My pen takes me on a different journey every morning and this pattern evolved through those mornings, as I do like drawing orbs and lines and more orbs and lines. Zentangle brings me daily joy and provides me with so much comfort.

Is it okay to admit that “all I want for Christmas is………. pens and tiles!.”

Rochelle illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Rootie below where she demonstrates it with some of its potential variations in a Zentangle tile:

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Rootie, tangle and deconstruction by Rochelle Salmon. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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9 comments to How to draw ROOTIE

  • Cassie

    I’m excited about this new tangle, Rootie! It’s been a long while since I’ve been able to draw, essential tremors have been preventing me from many things, although the past few years of perusing designs has been fun. Fortunately, it’s been long enough since my brain surgeries and implants that may finally allow me to continue my art! Rootie is exciting because the circles and edges combination are excellent first practice (not to mention it’s a cool tangle ?). Thank you!

  • Jan Brandt, CZT12

    Welcome to the Zentangle community, Rochelle!! We are a wonderful group of encouraging, friendly, avid tanglers whose support for one another knows no bounds. I think it’s an absolute delight that you’ve already created a new tangle of your very own! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to play with it. ?

  • Linda Dochter

    Thanks so much for Tangle Rootie. I love the look with different fills.

  • Thanks for sharing. And welcome to the Tangle patterns world with your first tangle. Looks like a fun one to play with.

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    Rochelle – how wonderful to have your first published tangle on the site! I am having a lot of fun adding Rootie to my tiles and enjoying seeing all the ways I can play with filling it <3

  • Ginny Sones

    Thank you, Rochelle, for your Rootie tangle. It is whimsical and fun. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Jessica L Dykes CZT39

    I love your #Rootie pattern! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Martha

    This one’s very different and interesting. Art Deco anyone?

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very pretty with a lot of variations! Thank you for sharing.

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