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Dinoflor – A New Organic Tangle from Boomeresque

by Suzanne Fluhr on August 9, 2018 · 18 comments

dinoflor monotangle

I’ve been watching waaaay too much cable news. The silver lining is that I don’t really watch. I listen while I tangle #1) because I enjoy tangling, and #2) to stay at least relatively sane. I realize this is a subversion of the Zentangle® method which should be undertaken in a calm setting, perhaps with tranquil music.

With a talking head on TV in the background, I came up with a new tangle I’ve named “Dinoflor”. I suspect it is at least partly inspired by the gardens I enjoy on my walks in our New Jersey shore town, Brigantine.

Tangle names are not supposed to actually describe the pattern itself. This does not help me remember the names of the myriad tangles. So, I insert little hints for myself into my tangle names.

Dino is our elderly cockapoo who is very Zen, having long since outgrown his crazy puppy phase. His last name is “Fluhr”(i.e. mine) — because he has to have a last name at the veterinarian’s office. So, “Flor” is pronounced like “Fluhr”, but it means flower in Spanish. This tangle has a floral, organic feel (at least to me it does). I realize this might seem a tad convoluted, so I’ll probably be the only person who can ever remember Dinoflor’s name, but the earth will not stop spinning on its axis, so it’s all good.

Dino, our cockapoo who inspired Dinoflor

This is Dino. Definitely a 10 on the Zenometer — unless he thinks he’s getting a bath or there’s a thunderstorm.

Step Outs for Dinoflor

Step outs for Dinoflor tangle

When constructing the Dinoflor “tree”, it’s important to keep in mind that for the final step, you will want to have “V”s where the “stems” join. So, if you add one “stem”, add a complimentary one. The lengths of the stems should vary. There is no set amount of auras for the “leaves” nor for the “V” fillers.

Copyright notice: You are free to “pin” these step outs to your or another’s Pinterest account as long as you link back to this post which will happen automatically if you pin from here. You may print these steps outs with attribution for non-commercial use. If you wish to use these steps commercially, please contact me. 

Here are some other compositions in which I used Dinoflor or a tangleation thereof.

dinoflor monotangle

A Dinoflor monotangle with shading.

Dinoflor tangleation

Dinoflor monotangle tangleation.

I’ve started adding little dots (perfs) to Dinoflor and I like this look:

Zentangle tangle Dinoflor

This is a composition using Dinoflor and other organic tangles.

Dinoflor tile composition

And finally, a composition using color and both basic Dinoflor and a tangleation.

Dinoflor color composition

Check out other tangles I’ve published on Boomeresque:  PhirstSegundoTerceroAurabeadAlohaSpearatorSpringish, Spangles, and Shorely

If you give Dinoflor a try, please feel free to leave the url to your creation in the comments section below. I’d love to see how you use it. 

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Melena August 13, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi Suzanne! I love this tangle. I’ve been overwhelmed lately by all the tangles I have saved and had to take a break from them for a bit and have started using more color in my art. But this is a wonderful tangle. I love the organic feel of this tangle and will add this one to my list. I’ll use it as soon as I have some time as I have a ton of stuff to do (I’m starting painting the inside of my place – Yikes!) Thanks so much for this wonderful tangle.


Suzanne Fluhr August 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm

One of the nice things about Dinoflor is that it is very forgiving – perfect for decompressing after a long day of house painting. Good luck with your project. Perhaps you should have a “tangle” wall. I wish I had enough nerve to do that.


Margaret Bremner August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

This is lovely Suzanne. I’m always open to tangles that can become trees! 🙂


Suzanne Fluhr August 13, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Thanks, Margaret. I’ve been in an organic tangle frame of mind lately, perhaps because there are lovely flowers and plants all around.


Jami August 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm

I seen this tangle, and I fell in love. Easy and beautiful. I love that you have named the tangle after your little dog, Dinoflor. He seems like a nice companion (and really cute too)!


Suzanne Fluhr August 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Dino has been my faithful companion for almost 13 years. We adopted him from the SPCA when he was 6 months old. His only flaw is that I have to make sure my pencils are out of his reach. He likes to eat them, especially if they have an eraser.


Maxine Erickson August 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Suzanne, When I lived in Eleuthera Bahamas in the 70’s there was a small reef i used to snorkel, and on it was a plant type that I called ‘sea lettuce’ that looked very much like this pattern without the stems, I doodled it for hours. the only difference being I would make the eye and put 3 loops around it right and left, and right again. and where my pen landed the next eye would began, it took some planning to keep the right left rhythm going, but I filled pages with that pattern. the real plant was one that if you touched one it would close up and the one next to it and so on. I have yet to see a pattern that is not in nature some where. I do think God wanted us to copy him and his creations.


Suzanne Fluhr August 13, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Once I started to use the Zentangle method, I started seeing patterns everywhere, both in nature and in art and architecture. It really does help increase one’s wonderment at the world.


Mary D'Angelo August 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

How handsome! I like the Dinoflor tangle too!


Donna F August 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Oh my goodness! You have made me so happy with this tangle. This is just the kind of tangle I most enjoy. Thank you!


Martha August 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for letting us pin the design. I use Pinterest to keep track of designs I want to learn. I love the flowy ones! This will be great!


Suzanne Fluhr August 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Thanks, Martha. I’m glad you like it. It combines nicely with other organic tangles, IMHO. If you want to share one of your Dinoflor(ish) tiles, if you put the link in a comment here, I’ll be able to find it.


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