In this Zentangle Blog Series we explore the ins and outs of some of our most loved Tangles. Join us as we journey back to how it was discovered and deconstructed, why a certain tangle got its name, and who was involved in the process. We will look into different styles, applications and tangleations of a tangle. We will examine how some tangles have evolved over time and discuss how the same patterns have multiple names. Some tangles have inspired tangleations that were so wonderful that they became their own tangle. This series is fun deep dive into the life of a tangle.
Today, we take a look at the tangle pokeroot. Enjoy!
Pokeroot is one of the few tangles that is quite obviously named for its origin. It is one of those tangles that when I see it randomly drawn in the wild world of art … I can almost be certain that the artist that drew it, perhaps had some connection with the Zentangle method. It is almost like it could be a hidden secret code.
The tangle pokeroot was inspired by a weed, (I mean plant) that grows here in New England. It is known by a few names such as Pokeroot, Pokeberry or Pokeweed. I find them to be quite amazing in appearance. Their beautiful purple berries are mesmerizing and their ability to grow almost overnight is fascinating. And although the plant itself can be poisonous it also has medicinal benefits if used specifically. What alluring properties for something that can grow with almost no soil.
Pokeroot is a tangle that can be learned early on in one’s Zentangle journey. It is a great combination of straight and curvy strokes. It is easily learned but it also has so much room for growth. One can undoubtedly sink their teeth into some deep pokeroot explorations and it is a great tangle to discover new techniques for shading, layering and composition.
pokeRoot step-out by Indy HollibaughPokeroot is an organic tangle and just like its namesake can cover a tile like an invasive species. It can thrive in small or large spaces and cover space quickly and sprout off in all sorts of directions.
Pokeroot is most definitely responsible for inspiring its sister tangle pokeleaf which one might categorize as a tangleation. However, pokeleaf also has such a strong presence that it earned its place as a tangle. You could probably also credit pokeroot for inspiring the tangle rixty as its approach and beginning strokes are much the same. One might consider it a distant cousin.
As a Zentangle enthusiast works with pokeroot overtime they might notice that is morphs little by little. Pokeroot is definitely one of those tangles that captures the personality of the artist. This sort of happens with all tangles but with pokeroot it is clearer and more interesting. It is almost as if each person starts to cultivate a slightly different variety of this one species. I think that is my favorite characteristic of this tangle.