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How to draw VERENI

Zentangle pattern: Vereni. 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, welcome back for your Friday tangle inspiration.

Today’s Vereni tangle is from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen. Ria has contributed almost 40! excellent tangles to our resource and Vereni is another good one.

Ria introduces her tangle, explains how she named it and gives us several tips for tangling each step of Vereni.

It is raining and raining in Belgium, already for months, so I have a lot of time to draw and to write … and yes, I have found again a nice pattern/tangle that I gave the name Vereni.

The word “United” translated in Dutch (Flemish) is Verenigd. For example, when we talk about the United States of America we say “de Verenigde Staten van Amerika”. United or “verenigd” is such a beautiful word. I took a part of that word because people from all over the world who like to tangle, have a lot in common. They are connected or “verenigd” thanks to the Zentangle Method™.

Here you can see my source of inspiration, but to change the pattern into a real tangle I have made some small changes.

I think the easiest way to draw this tangle is to start with three equal vertical strokes, followed by another three strokes and followed by another three strokes, as long as you like. The distance between every series of three strokes is as long as the three strokes themselves. That is important to become a real tangle.

In the second step, I have drawn again 3 x 3 strokes and the distances between the rows is also equal as the distance between the three strokes. That was the difficult part.

In step 3 you have to form a kind of leaf between the strokes, all drawn in the same direction on the exact place.

In the fourth step we do that again but in the other direction behind the first ones.

Then finally in step 5 we connect everything with horizontal strokes and all of a sudden the tangle appears, equal in all directions. We finish with a bit of shading!

On my second example I just formed a bigger square to show that you can go further as long as you wish. I added more strokes, but it is also possible to fill the strokes with other tangles. Also the empty spaces can be colored or filled with other tangles. Combinations with other tangles are also possible.

Ria notes that Vereni shares DNA with “Dex, Dexirr, Huggins and probably other woven tangles, but I have never seen this one before.

There’s often more than one way to construct a tangle. I particularly enjoy that discovery process of finding the simplest way – for me – to arrive at the same destination. For my example of Vereni, after one or two practice runs I ended up using a dot grid and starting with the “X” shapes (Ria’s “a kind of leaf”) in Steps 3 and 4, then adding the horizontal and vertical strokes. FWIW.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Vereni below, “In the first example, you can see that Vereni is also nice, drawn in the round. Here are the distances not so important, it will always be the same, upside down it doesn’t matter. I have used here Doodah but there are also here, many variations possible.” I like how Ria varies the spacing of the horizontal connecting strokes in her first example tile (with Doodah) creating a slightly different outcome.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Vereni, tangle and deconstruction by Ria Matheussen. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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