Tag Archives: Zentangle

N is for Zentangle patterns that start with the letter N


I’m posting late today. But my taxes are done. Don’t leave yours until the last moment.

One of my goals for this year, which I really haven’t done much about, is getting back to Zentangle with more regularity. Since I couldn’t think of anything else that starts with the letter N that has something to do with the arts or the creative process, I thought I’d go to the wonderful website tanglepatterns.com and see what I could find. Out of the ones listed, I tried these four:

Nine Patch by Suzanne McNeill, which all the quilters will recognize:

Nine Patch by Suzanne McNeill

Navaho by Caren Mlot:

Navaho by Caren Mlot

Noodle by Angie Gittles:

Noodle by Angie Gittles

Nayo by Angie Gittles (my favorite of this group):

Nayo by Emiko Kaneko
Nine Patch, Nayo, Noodle, Navaho

Creative Juice #287

Creative Juice #287

Good stuff here for artistic people.

Video of the Week #350: How to Draw Paradox


Demonstrated by Zentangle master Rick Roberts.

Valentangles 2022


Every year around this time, I post some heart-related tangles.

Last summer, I stopped practicing Zentangles in favor of drawing people. But after the ICAD (Index-Card-a-Day) challenge ended, I didn’t do much drawing at all. Whenever I stop Zentangling, I lose my skills, and I feel like I’m starting all over again. I’m dissatisfied with this first one, using the pattern Amer by Maria Vennekens:


Next is Triskel Heart, designed by Ina Sonnenmoser:

Triskel Heart

This is Heart Thread, designed by Dolly Bolen:

Heart Thread

Cross-Ur-Heart reminds me of a traditional appliqué pattern, which is why I repeated it like quilt blocks. The pattern was designed by Jenna Black:


I love “grid” designs. This one is by Helen Williams, and it’s called Hearts & Diamonds:

Hearts & Diamonds

Another grid pattern, SweetHeart, also by Helen Williams:


The next tile is a string of several patterns, including LG by Adele Bruner, Fan of Hearts by Rachel Foster, Luheart (I made a variation) by Chen Su Chun, Heart Wrap by Ina Sonnenmoser, Heart Thread by Dolly Bolen, and Heart wave by Helen Williams. This is my favorite in this group:

String with patterns LG, Fan of Hearts, LuHeart, Heart Thread, and Heart wave

If you read Creative Juice #280, you may have seen the Valentine tutorial. I tried it, but I didn’t like the colors of the Tombow markers I have (they’re skin tones, not perfect for hearts), so I tried alcohol markers. That technique doesn’t work with alcohol markers. So I substituted actual watercolor paints. My painting isn’t as cute as Smitha’s, but it was fun:


If you’d like to see my Valentangles from previous years, here they are from 2021202020192018, and 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend it with the one you love. If not, can you do something nice for another person who might be lonely?

Creative Juice #277

Creative Juice #277

Ideas for a better life and more and better art.

Tangles for Christmas, 2021 edition


In the weeks before Christmas, my drawings are generally Christmas-related zentangles. This year, I started out with some Christmas trees. The first uses the patterns Emingle (a variation) and Ahh:

Emingle (var.) + Ahh
This pattern is called Star Berries, by Dawn George:
Star Berry

For the next one, I created a hybrid from three patterns I know, Nipa, Crescent Moon, and Line Dance by Alice Hendon. I’m calling this Nipa Moon Dance:

Nipa Moon Dance
I did this on the reverse side of the Emingle tree; unfortunately, you can see it peeking through.

This one uses Brr by Julie Isaac, Festoon Holiday by Joan Stark, and Holiday Ornaments by Suzanne McNeill:


Next, a couple of Christmas messages. The first one utilizes the pattern Purrlyz by Hanny Waldburger:


And this one features l’Eaura:


And finally, my favorite string in this group employs Ginili by Randi Wynne-Parry, Twistee by Livia Chua, Flux, and Luv-a by Sharon Caforio:

Ginili, Twistee, Flux, Luv-a

If you’d like to see my Christmas tangles from previous years, click the links: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

Creative Juice #273

Creative Juice #273

I challenge you to use one of these ideas this week. (Hmmm. I think I need googly eyes.)

Octangling2021 Day 30 and Update


This is actually tomorrow’s pattern, baleselation, a “tangelation” of the basic pattern bales by Maureen Stott, CZT. I made mine a little less fancy than hers (she fills in the blank areas with lines running perpendicular to the others), but I feel so satisfied with the laciness. In honor of Halloween, I used an orange gelly roll pen on a black tile:


My intention for the month of October was to participate in two different challenges on alternating days: OctPoWriMo by writing a poem on odd-numbered days, and Octangling by drawing a zentangle design on the even-numbered days. I hoped I’d get 14 of each done.

I got mixed up and worked on the wrong challenge on some days, but I did do 14 Octangling drawings. My favorite is Maryhill:


Mi2 got the most “likes” on ARHtistic License:


Torus got the most “likes” on my Instagram page:


I love challenges. Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see how I did with OctPoWriMo.

Octangling2021 Day 28


Today’s pattern is bitten by Carole Ohl. You may recognize it as the weaving pattern known as houndstooth:


Octangling2021 Day 26


Today’s pattern is flared by Neil Burley. I drew this on an index card pre-printed with a quarter-inch grid.