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How to draw HOUDINI

Zentangle pattern: Houdini. 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.Hi y’all and happy weekend!

Spanish CZT Tomàs Padros is back with another fun tangle for us to explore. Houdini is his 30th! tangle on the site.

In the first tile I play with other ribbon tangles, such as Prestwood, Oasis, 123 O’Leary, and another one without a name.

Tomàs introduces his tangle and explains why he named it Houdini:

This is a ribbon tangle that plays with a row of triangles in inverted positions arranged between two auras. An idea that gives a lot of play and has already given other tangles.

In fact Houdini arose from a mistake when drawing the Otto pattern by Maria Vennekens. A failed line led me to reconsider the design until I systematized a different arrangement. It seems like two knotted bars. So I named it Houdini, master of escape.

In the second tile I played knotting a succession of bars and decorated the center motif with Paradox.

I think we could say Houdini shares a bit of DNA with CZT Sue Jacobs’s Coil.

I’m still having a devil of a time with eye allergies and aging eyesight isn’t a bonus either. Swelling and itching is causing blurry eyesight and tangling frustration. In addition to ophthalmologist-prescribed as well as over-the-counter eyedrops and antihistamines, I’ve been trying a variety of different magnifying solutions and best I’ve found so far are clip-ons for my regular glasses. I’m not complaining I’m just stating the facts of life, it is what it is and c’est la vie! And super grateful I don’t have any other health issues to deal with.

Tomàs illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing tangle below. He shows how to make the “wraps” flow over the “bars” instead of behind them and that’s what I used for my example.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Houdini, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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6 comments to How to draw HOUDINI

  • Jody Genovese

    I love all of your patterns Tomas and this is no exception. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Ahhh!! Another excellent design by Mr. Padros! I haven’t yet “met” one of his designs that I’ve not enjoyed, and this one is no exception.

    As for eye issues, Linda, I can say that having had my age-related cataracts taken care of 16 months ago has made all the difference in how well I’m seeing today.
    I’m 71 now, had the cataract surgeries done at the end of 2022, when I was late 69, and it was so worthwhile.

    I’m not an eye doctor, I cannot and will not diagnose anyone, but am just stating happily what a simple procedure did for my eyesight.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Joyce, appreciate your input. I had cataract surgeries done in 2021 but that hasn’t made a bit of difference as far as allergies go. Robert says he thinks I’m from another planet because I’m allergic to everything on this one 🙂

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    As always, Tomas has created a delightful tangle with so many endless possibilities! I’ve used it as a border, and playing with it as a string gives lots of opportunity to explore <3 Thank you!

  • Sue Lesle CZT

    Thanks Thomas for another fun and challenging tangle.

  • Deborah Davis

    Tomas, you did it again. You created a tangle that looks very complicated and I am anxious to give it a try. Thank you

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