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How to draw CHAINLEA

Zentangle pattern: ChainleaRhode Island CZT® Norma Burnell, creator of the lovely Dragonair tangle pattern, shares the delicate new Chainlea tangle with us.

I’m calling it ‘Chainlea’ because it kinda reminds me of a chain and a leaf.

Norma’s art is primarily Zentangle-inspired “all tangled up” fairy-related art. On her blog Fairy Tangles, Norma introduces herself: “I love to work small: especially to create ACEOs, Zentangle Inspired Art pieces and other Original Small Works of Art (OSWOA). I mainly work in graphite, color pencil and ink.

Norma sells her art on eBay, be sure to check it out. Cat lovers will adore her photorealistic “Mr Binks” — remember these are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches pieces of art — roughly the size of a standard business card. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

Chainlea works well as a border tangle and you can also expand it outwards as a fill for a section. I admit to a bit of a struggle with this one and after several “practice rounds” I discovered that drawing the first two steps upside down was easier for me than right-side up. Go figure. Confession – could it have been that my “other consciousness” was occupied with Game 1 of the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers NBA playoff series? You know I’m a dedicated Miami Heat fan, right? Oops, bifurcated focus. (PS – we won, Yay! One down, 3 to go.)

Norma posted the step-by-step instructions for drawing her Chainlea tangle here, where she also illustrates a range of cool variations of her tangle.

Check out the tag normab for more of Norma’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

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9 comments to How to draw CHAINLEA

  • KimMJ

    Thanx so much for sharing all of these tangles. I am new to Zentangle and contemplating getting started. Your site is a great help and I really love not only seeing gorgeous new patterns but also having instructions! Thanx so much for sharing and to all for the inspiration! It is greatly appreciated. :)

  • Thank you for this lovely new tangle. It reminds me of ears of corn! It will be a useful addition (just typed addiction by mistake – Freudian slip??) to the Zentangle Arsenal!!


    Why hasn’t my comment been posted? Have I transgressed some sin I am not aware of? I love your site and refer to it often and I will be very disappointed if I cannot contribute by commenting.

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Lynnette, I haven’t seen a comment from you before. It must have been tagged as spam and I don’t go through those because it would take WAY too much time. But here you are now :-)

  • Sofia

    I love this site. Found it by accident when I was searching swedish sites for activites for preschool-kids. I love this type of drawing (it’s so relaxing) and I’m sitting and exercising on small post-it notes. I don’t have Sakura pens yet (using ZIG Drawing Pens 0.2 and 0.1 atm) but I will get me a pair when I can find them! I’m a bit sad though, that there are no CZTs in Sweden, but hopefully this site can learn me a lot! Keep the good work up!

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Sofia, and welcome to Zentangle, so glad you love the site! You might also want to consider getting the Official Zentangle Kit – which contains two 01 Micron pens, and also has a great DVD tutorial to get you started “correctly”. You can read more about it in my TanglePatterns Store on the menu at the top of the page:


      • Sofia

        Thank you :) I was just shopping for Micron pens and I found them in a store in town. I bought 005, 02, 03, 05 and 08, I didn’t find the 01 though. I also tried them out in store and found them a lot better than my ZIG pens which had a plastic tip. I’ve seen a Manga-kit with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, but now when I wanted that one, I couldn’t find it.

        I’m gonna wish me a Official Zentangle Kit in Christmas present, since I’m a bit low on cash right now.

  • BreAnn

    To me it looks more like a wheat strand (for lack of a better word). Really Good

  • Melena

    Oh yay! Another of Norma’s tangles. I love this one too. I first came across this one in The Art of Zentangle and realized it is on here too. Another one to bring to the present. :D

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