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Zentangle pattern: Cadent. Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Cadent can be one of those “make your eyes” jump tangle patterns.

It’s a core Zentangle®-original tangle and the creative possibilities for variations are mind-boggling.

Once you get into the rhythm of drawing each S-stroke using the take-off-and-land technique, it does sort itself out. Just don’t take your eyes away! And as Maria often advises, remember to turn your tile.

Update July 2010: in their July newsletter, Rick and Maria revisit Cadent with some additional variations and they reveal how this Zentangle®-original tangle came by its name:

Cadent was inspired by the houndstooth weaving pattern.

(We call it “cadent” because a hound is a CAnine and a tooth is DENTal, thus “ca-dent!”)

Variants include using squares instead of circles in Step 1, varying the width between those “anchors”, shading, and drawing various shapes within the white space created by the lines.

Cadent is an original Zentangle® tangle by Maria Thomas. The link to her illustrated instructions for this tangle is here.

UPDATE December 4, 2018 – Project Pack #4. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 2 video starting at 9:42 Rick demonstrates how to tangle Cadent.

UPDATE April 11, 2020 – In this Kitchen Table Tangles (KTT) series video (19:04) Rick and Maria explore Crazy Cadent. When Maria finishes the first tile, around 13:00, she then shows “a bunch of different samples so you can see the possibilities“. With each sample Maria demonstrates the individual fragment that makes that sample different.

Check out the tag zentangle for more Zentangle®-original tangles on

Cadent Tangleations

  1. Angel Fish
  2. Dancet
  3. Dragonair
  4. Funls
  5. Kuzek
  6. Llilly
  7. Maylea
  8. 07/25/2013: CZT Margaret Bremner has added a long and very creative post she calls Cadent and then some, containing a mind boggling boatload of Cadent tangleation fun.
  9. 09/09/2014: CZT Norma Burnnel has added a post “Cadent with a twist” here on her blog. Very similar end result to Fiore.
  10. Infinity
  11. 05/04/2018: CZT Margaret Bremner has developed a “Cadent Squared” variation which she’s posted here.
  12. CreZendo
  13. Stella
  14. XLnt
  15. Xadent
  16. Q-Mi
  17. Zenwheel

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