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Zentangle your name

Not that I need any more hobbies, but I found this wonderful website and thus, something else to occupy my ever dwindling time.  It’s called and it is ‘an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns’.    Some of the work that has come from this is absolutely amazing!

So… next it was off to Google to find out more.  And there I found another great site…  This site has a wealth of interesting patterns and a great community of people all addicted to the art of zentangle.

My first stop there was a post about a zentangle name challenge (and who can resist a challenge).  The idea is to create a zentangle of your name using “official” patterns only.  Since my name is short, I figured it would be a breeze.  Wrong!  I found there’s not alot of choices for the letter ‘i’.  Two to be exact.  And since I wanted to use the Hawaiin version of my name, it meant I had to use both of them.  The final result is ok, but I wasn’t super pleased.

So… I decided to try a different strategy.  I used dear hubbies name instead.  And since he is, after all, the love of my life, I enclosed the tangle inside a heart.  I am much more pleased with this one.  All in all, given the fact that I am very new to all of this drawing stuff, they didn’t turn out too bad.  What’cha think?

Oh.. BTW.. the patterns I used for the heart are D-Drupe, O-Onomato, N-Nzeppel, Don…


  1. Kimi, I love both of your tangles. You really took up the challenge and ran with it! I love this idea and want to do one of my own now. The person that said you should have made the patterns larger doesn’t seem to get the concept of zen tangling as I understand it. I’ve only been doing it since about 2011 or so but my interpretation is that you make the basic tangle then zen out filling in the spaces with what comes to mind in a semi orderly but meditative fashion. Tracing images doesn’t fit into any of the classes I’ve taken, books I’ve read or artists I’ve talked to. I think you did an outstanding job and should be very proud of them. You’re probably on to way bigger & better things by now. I’m expereminting with using metallic & white pens on black paper now & getting a favorable result so far. Take care, Amy

  2. I love this heart and return frequently to look at it for inspiration . I am a CZT and love to tangle.

  3. this was not helpful, yiu need to make the images bigger so people can trace them or make the pictures come to life so they can see them much beter

  4. I have just found out about zentangle and am amazed that I’d never heard of it…Now, I am just fascinated with the possibilities I can come up with because I LOVE to doodle and have actually done a lot of these designs while on the phone over the years..I’m 80 now, and love to do watercolors, but have dabbled in oils, watercolor pencil, pen & ink and anything else to do with creative art…I meet with other watercolor artists once a week at the library… all amateurs like me…a very enjoyable past time…friends, conversation…you know…
    I am anxious to ask them all if they’ve ever heard of zentangle… or done it…My major in high school was art, so I find it hard to believe I’ve never heard of Zen—-. I’m having such fun…I love it !…Janne

  5. Your loveheart and tangles look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your story too :)

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