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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Zentangle pattern: Japan DiamondIf you needed any proof that Zentangle® is popular around the world, here’s CZT® Laura Liu’s tangle pattern, Japan Diamond. She writes that her pattern was inspired by “Japanese Artwork”.

Laura is a graduate of CZT#4 and she’s from Taipei, Taiwan, the capital city of the Republic of China.

Zentangle pattern: Japan DiamondJapan Diamond is a grid-based tangle and once you get started you’ll see it has lots of possibilities for variations. My example above is the basic tangle and here in this example on the right I skipped Step 4 (the vertical diamonds) and just used Steps 5 and 6.

Laura writes,

I own a rubber stamp and scrapbooking store in Taipei, Taiwan. My store name is Created With Love. I found Zentangle in 2010 and immediately fell in love with it. I decided to attend the CZT training to bring back this wonderful art to share with people in Taiwan.

To date I am the only CZT in Taiwan and hold regular Zentangle workshops in my stores.  People who attended the workshops, enjoy the tangling process very much. 

Recently, Kass Hall’s book “Zentangle Untangled” was translated into Chinese in Taiwan. I was invited to write an introduction on this translation book. This proves that Zentangle is a worldwide art!

This is the cover art for the first Zentangle book in Chinese that includes Laura’s introduction.

Zentangle Untangled in Chinese

Below are Laura’s steps for drawing Japan Diamond followed by a Zentangle and two monotangle Zentangles using her tangle pattern.

Steps for CZT Laura Liu's Japan Diamond

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Laura’s Zentangle using Japan Diamond with the official tangles Keeko, Finery, Knightsbridge, Florz and a touch of Crescent Moon.

Zentangle by CZT Laura Liu

Two monotangle Zentangles with a variation of Japan Diamond.

Two monotangle Zentangles by Laura Liu

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9 comments to How to draw JAPAN DIAMOND

  • Susannah Ayres-Thomas

    What a beautiful tangle–and, one I anticipate using, with great pleasure, many, many times to come. So thank you, very much for sharing it with us.

  • Barbara

    Thank you for sharing your lovely tangle. The book on Zentangles and your classes will help many others to learn how to draw the wonderful patterns – a special gift to all of them.

  • I really like your tangle and I’m sure I’ll be using it time and again. Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura, it’s beautiful, I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing.

  • Beautiful tangle Laura! Thanks for sharing!

  • Georgina DeBurca

    Thank you so much for sharing. Used it already and it looks magnificent.

  • Thank you for all your comments! I hope that the tangles in eastern world can meet well with western world. Love to know so many talented tanglers here.

  • Laura Albertson

    I just re-discovered this tangle pattern, and I really love it. Not only do I love the way it looks, I find it very easy to get in a zone when drawing this one- so much fun & very relaxing.

  • Mary

    I love, love, love everything Sakura! Aside from their white gel pens, pens in general. If you enjoy using watercolors for your ZIA, Sakura offers a wonderful Koi Field set of half pan watercolor paints, 24 half pans in all for a great price on JetPens and Amazon!……lol I know this totally sounds like a Sakura advertisement but I have no affiliations with them other than loving their quality products! Blessings to all!!! Love this tangle and thanks so much for sharing!

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