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Aloha – A New Hawaii Inspired Boomeresque Tangle

by Suzanne Fluhr on March 7, 2016 · 18 comments

This is the decorative inspiration I photographed in Honolulu.

This is the decorative inspiration I photographed in Honolulu.

Updated May 27, 2017.

In my response to the Zentangle Diva’s challenge number 257, I used a tangle inspired by a pattern I saw on a recent trip to Hawaii. Several people who commented on my blog post suggested/requested that I do the step outs for the pattern. Since the wishes of my faithful readers are my command, here goes.

One person suggested I give it a Hawaiian name since that’s where I found the inspiration. Brilliant idea. This also saves me from my unimaginative habit of numbering my tangle “inventions”. So, instead of naming this tangle “Cuarto”, I’ve named it “Aloha”. In modern day Hawaiian, “Aloha” is defined as both “hello” and “good-bye”. (For those of you who are etymologically inclined, you can read more about “aloha”, here.)

Here are the step outs for “Aloha”, followed by four examples of it being used in tiles and one stand alone tangleation done on a bigger surface.  I’ve added some “footnotes” for some of the steps below.


Especially if you’re looking at this on a mobile device, here’s what the fine print says. (I’m a recovering lawyer. I guess I still haven’t yet recovered from a fondness for fine print.) :

  • Step #1:  Those are lazy or relaxed “S” curves.
  • Step #5: The goal is to have thicker lines. You can use a thicker pen (I used a Pigma Graphic 1), or you can aura everything and then fill in the auras.
  • Step#6: The inside vein lines look best tapered.


As a stand-alone:


Working in poor light, I accidentally used a brown pen for the veins—a fortuitous mistake. I think this tangle might look nice in color in Zentangle Inspired Art.






Although one can see a leaf pattern in “Aloha”, it also works in other orientations or as a border.





Here are links to my less imaginatively named tangles:  Phirst, Segundo, Tercero.


And, finally, getting fancy:

Aloha tangle

So, gentle readers, what’s your verdict on Aloha?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Lianne March 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

Aloha looks complicated but your step out is so easy. Very nicely deconstructed. I will look forward to giving it a try.


avatar Marguerite April 12, 2016 at 4:22 am

My verdict is ‘interesting’. I just gave it a go but don’t see how I can put my pic here….


avatar Courtney T April 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Oh hey, I was so excited to see “Aloha” as today’s newest pattern on!! I’m from Hawaii (and still live here), so I was like, “hey! That’s awesome!”


Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr April 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Thank you, Courtney. I didn’t even know it was on TanglePatterns today. I’ll have to go check and it’s my birthday—a nice present.


avatar Donald W April 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Congratulations on getting another pattern on tangle patterns. I like the simplicity of this and how you used broader and narrow lines to create it. I like the variations, especially the upper left. Your shading on this one also added a lot.


avatar Sue Zanker April 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Happy Birthday Suzanne! The shape you have shared with us reminds me strongly of one of the varieties of Heliconias, of which we have many here in Far North Queensland in Australia where I live. I love them all for their shapes and vivid colours !


avatar Karen Blair April 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Strikingly beautifully elegant. Yeah. I’m a ’47 so I can totally relate to your perspective. Phirst is one of my favorites – many applications. Thanks so much.


avatar David April 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm

This is a great pattern. Well done!


avatar Nancy April 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

Suzanne, ALOHA!! Never been to Hawaii unfortunately, but I love your tangle. Trying it today. Love all of your variations too. Thank you for sharing. Nancy


avatar Jean Chaney April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

Congrats on having your pretty tangle featured on TanglePatterns, Suzanne! I love the organic flow it has.


avatar Margaret Bremner April 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

This is wonderful! I really like that it’s DIFFERENT. And adaptable. Well done.


Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr May 15, 2016 at 2:50 am

Margaret, having seen some of your tangle pattern deconstructions, you have set the bar very high for the test of us. 🙂


avatar Sue Sharp April 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I’m just catching up with new tangles and I think this is a really beautiful and eye-catching tangle that I’m sure I will be using often! Thank you for sharing.


avatar ria matheussen May 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

I like your beautiful tangle and I’m gonna use this pattern in the future, that is for sure!


avatar Dudley Bacon March 30, 2017 at 11:09 am

Oh my Suzanne, I just bought the 2017 Edition of Linda Farmer’s Tangle Guide and stumbled across your “Aloha” tangle. Wow! I’ve been dreaming of creating a large, watercolored ZIA forest and considering the different organic patterns I might use and I guarandangtee you, Aloha will be prominently featured when the forest comes to fruition. Thanks.


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