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How to draw AMPHORA

Zentangle pattern: AmphoraEarlier this year Hungarian tangler Lily Moon shared this String with the Zentangle® community and today she’s back with a lovely tangle, Amphora. This is Lily’s first tangle pattern on the site.

Aptly named, Amphora: “a tall ancient Greek or Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck … The Latin word derived from the Greek amphoreus, a shortened form of amphiphoreus, a compound word combining amphi- (“on both sides”, “twain”) plus phoreus (“carrier”), from pherein (“to carry”), referring to the vessel’s two carrying handles on opposite sides.”  Clever and creative tangle name.

Lily tells us a little about herself,

I met Zentangle® on the web – completely accidentally.

I really like to draw and Zentangle became my real passion. Unfortunately my son has autism and he requires a lot of relaxation and quiet. – So when he relaxes, I do tangling.

Zentangle has changed my life. I’m more relaxed and balanced, and I’ve got lots of sense of achievement.

Although technically Lily shows three-steps-in-one as her Step 1 for drawing Amphora, it’s easy to decipher.

Amphora begins with a dot grid, which I then connected up with the vertical line strokes, and then enlarged the dots into tiny diamond shapes using the vertical line to align their tops and bottoms.

Next Lily’s Step 2, adding the wavy lines becomes easy with the diamonds as guides, and then (Step 3) the final decorative touch of curlicues finishes it off nicely. Lily shows a couple of different variations with her instructions, I simply added a bit of graphite fill smoothed out with my trusty tortillion. I love doing that part!

Lily illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Amphora here on her blog (click on the steps image for a larger size). Lily also features Amphora in a beautiful Zentangle with some other familiar tangles. While you’re there be sure to admire her blog header showcasing more of her lovely Zentangle art.

Check out the tag lilym for more of Lily’s tangles on

Related Links

  • Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle.
  • Un motif n’est pas toujours un tangle — Qu’est-ce qu’un tangle ?
  • Un diseño no es siempre un tangle — ¿Qué es un tangle?
  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
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  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals

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7 comments to How to draw AMPHORA

  • Katy

    I love Lily’s stuff!!!

  • Cookie

    Long time no post for me, but I’m still lurking and doing the weekly challenge Linda Harms put out. They are fun to do. I think something is wront with Lillie’s blog website if it’s not my computer. The title and her wallpaper comes up, but nothing else.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Cookie, nice to “see” you again. Lily’s site displays correctly for me so perhaps your internet connection is just very slow. Have you tried using another browser? Sometimes that can be the issue too. Good luck!

  • Thank you Katy,
    and thank you so much Linda – I’m honored. So great to see my pattern on your fantastic blog 🙂

  • Carolyn Nicewarner

    I am very new to Zentangle, and I have fallen in love. Actually, I was showing one of my CASA kiddos your website, and she was already familiar with Zentangle, she and her therapist incorporate it into their sessions. I love the new pattern from Lily.

    • Hello Carolyn,
      When I taught art to teens with a range of learning challenges, I noticed how calming it was for them to practice tangling. Also increased focus and self-esteem were benefits for them. I wonder if you can share more information. There are attempts to bring more credence to the wide ranging benefits of Zentangle. A contact, Dr. Meredith Yuhas, has worked with the founders Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts to help establish protocols for the use of tangling in a range of medical scenarios. There’s a PH.D study just waiting to happen (imho). The stories need to be shared.

  • Dianne

    Great tangle! Beautiful.

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