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Zentangle pattern: Scrolled Feather. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Scrolled Feather comes to us from Australian Helen Williams and it’s her first tangle pattern on the site.

Helen lives in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, named for the Yarra River. According to Wikipedia the Yarra River “originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the City of Melbourne and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. The Yarra Valley is a popular day-trip and tourist area, featuring a range of natural features and agricultural produce … and is host to a thriving wine-growing industry.”

This lovely tangle was another one I had to practice many times before I was satisfied with it. In the end I resorted to “doing it upside down” from Helen’s steps and that seemed to get the auras creating the “feathers” to work best for me.

Helen introduces herself:

“I live in Australia with my family (and many chickens, cows, cats, 2 little piggies and a dog) on a small farm. …  A few months ago I was taking a break from another project, surfing the web, and discovered Zentangle®. I was enthralled and have not spent a day since without a pen in my hand (all other projects have been pushed aside!). I love to include tangles with flower images in unexpected ways and experiment with the different ways I can use pattern designs. My beautiful, natural surroundings provide a lot of inspiration for this.”

Helen illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Scrolled Feather here on her blog.

Check out the tag helenw for more of Helen’s patterns on TanglePatterns.com.

Update 09/29/2012: Helen has added a 3-minute video demonstrating how to draw Scroll Feather and posted several variations here.

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13 comments to How to draw SCROLLED FEATHER

  • Love this one so much and so delicate.

  • John Christofferson

    Thanks for sharing the scroll feather tangle. Loved Helen’s drawing with the flowers and the tangle. Very nice.
    And Linda,thanks again and again for your great effort on this website!!

  • Tania

    Please make sure you check out Helen’s ‘a little lime gallery’ blog too. Her tangle work is just exquisite. I think I may have found a new favourite!

  • ksenija

    Absolutely adorable! I love all your work Helen,it is so artistic, elegant, delicate,balanced,cute, refreshing. I find great inspiration in your tangles. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nancy

    Hi, Love this design! I am just starting Zentangle pyrography on gourds and this is a delightful pattern…..thanks!


  • Linda, thank you! So exciting to see the email with my pattern link – I have been a little overwhelmed by the response. You do such a fabulous job with this website, such a comprehensive resource.

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback 🙂 I am thrilled!


  • Helen,
    Thank you for sharing this tangle. I just love the organic, flowing, feathery patterns and this one WILL be added to my list of favorites…Thanks again.
    Sue O. CZT~10

  • Jane Menard

    Thank you Helen. This is lovely.

  • Cindy Mac

    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful instructions.

  • I found your video demonstration very helpful! Thank you!

  • Jan Severson

    Don’t know why, but I just can’t get the hang of this one. After doing the s-shaped scrolls when I add the next line down from the back of a higher scroll to the lower scroll, it is supposed to end at the “apex” or that little crux point in the bottom of the lower scroll, but the apex isn’t in the right spot to make the same inner shape as in the video, so then when trying to add the auru-like lines inside that shape, they are out of whack because it’s the wrong shape. I must not be curving the initial scrolled lines in the right directions???? I must have some strange glitch in my brain, I’ve never not been able to do a tangle before.??? The Tangle is so beautiful but I just can’t make it happen. Will stop for now and try again fresh some day. Does anyone else have this problem?

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