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Zentangle pattern: Crescent Moon. 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.Crescent Moon is the first tangle pattern Maria Thomas shows how to draw on the DVD in the official Zentangle® Kit.

It’s a basic tangle and probably the first one taught in any Zentangle class.

You can vary Crescent Moon with shading and striping (filling in alternate areas with solid ink or shading) and also change up the ladybug/moon shapes a bit if you really fancy bending the tangle.

Sandy Bartholomew shows us how to draw Crescent Moon here.

UPDATE October 2019 – In the new Tangle Rootz series on the Zentangle blog, Molly writes:

Crescent moon is a special tangle. It is very often the first tangle that people learn when creating their first Zentangle tile. It naturally settled into this role very early on. It just seems to always work well as a place to start.

For starters it can appeal to a broad range of artistic abilities. If you are new to drawing or creating, this tangle is not too intimidating and the results are very forgiving as they can go in many directions and still look great. It has a few simple steps, so it is easy to learn.

For those who are more experienced it also offers the potential for interesting variations and complexity and might challenge dexterity.

Be sure to read Molly’s entire article about Crescent Moon.

UPDATE November 11, 2017 – Project Pack #1. In this project series, in this video (13:59) Zentangle co-founder Rick Roberts demonstrates Crescent Moon using all three size (05, 08, 10) of the White Sakura Gelly Roll Pens on a black Zentangle tile. He also uses a regular black Sakura Micron 01 to enhance the layering aspects of this tangle.


Update December 11, 2017 – Project Pack #02. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition, in this Day 1 video Molly Hollibaugh tangles a variation of Crescent Moon.


UPDATE December 10, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 8 video starting at 00:56 CZT Julie Willand of Zentangle HQ demonstrates how to tangle Crescent Moon.


UPDATE August 6, 2020 – Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner added Part 1 of Crescent Moon here in her “And then some” series.

UPDATE August 13, 2020 – Margaret added Part 2 in her Crescent Moon series here.


UPDATE July 18, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Maria tangles Crescent Moon starting at 00:47 in this video.


Julie Willand tangles Crazy Crescent Moon

UPDATE July 22, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Julie Willand demonstrates how to tangle Crazy Crescent Moon at 5:51.


UPDATE July 25, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Maria tangles a variation of Crescent Moon at 00:56.


UPDATE July 26, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, starting at 00:49, Maria shows how she combined Crescent Moon and Scena.


UPDATE September 22, 2020 – Project Pack #11. As part of the Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun! project pack, Rick tangles Crescent Moon on the back of one of the new Phi tile,


UPDATE March 20, 2021 – Project Pack #13. As part of the Layers & Transitions project pack, Maria adds Crescent Moon to her grey tile beginning at 09:25.


UPDATE April 01, 2021 – Project Pack #13. As part of the Layers & Transitions project pack, Rick tangles ING using a Clear Glaze Jelly Roll pen on a white Phi tile and adds Crescent Moon with a Micron 01.


UPDATE September 1, 2021 – Project Pack #15. As part of the Letterforms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle project pack, Maria tangles Crescent Moons at 04:04 in this video:


UPDATE December 18, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Rick tangles Crescent Moon at 01:10 in this video.


UPDATE December 20, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Martha tangles a variation of Crescent Moon at 22:10 in this video.


UPDATE December 22, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Maria begins creating Crescent Moon at 13:32 in this video.


UPDATE March 23, 2023 – Project Pack #20. As part of the Blossoming Tangles project pack, Maria tangles Ellish with Crescent Moon and Doodah in this video:

UPDATE May 11, 2023 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-day challenge honoring May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Day 1’s Bijouism is Comfort, and Molly tangles Crescent Moon in this 9:35 minute limited audio video:


UPDATE December 2, 2023 – Project Pack #22. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition project pack, Molly and Martha tangle Crescent Moon (4:38) , Tripoli (13:29), Purk (22:28), Cadent (34:58) and Jonqal (41:29) on their 5byPhive prestrung tile:


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"... And then some"

Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner has a wonderful series of tutorials she calls "... and then some" where she takes several Zentangle®-original tangles "on a wild ride of variations". Truly, you do not want to miss these creative and inspirational tutorials. Look for the links to Margaret's tutorials on these pages:  

Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. 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.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. 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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7 comments to How to draw CRESCENT MOON and CRAZY CRESCENT MOON

  • this website really helps you improve in your art class! WHOO HOO!

  • mary redford

    I really like the Crescent Moon thank you for letting me try these BC i dont do them every well :((


  • Love your variation of this tangle. I’m brand new to Zentangle, which it turns out I was in desperate need of. Your site is fantastic and well-organized. Than you so much!

  • Shelly

    Thank you for sharing your entire process – I especially appreciated seeing you decide to try things you hadn’t planned in advance, and seeing the little things like getting the dried ink off the tip of the pen, forgetting to stop and be thoughtful/thankful at the beginning and then stopping later to do that, and choosing to leave the ink splotches in the corner. Seems like I needed permission to use the back of the tile, change the plan, and not worry about blotches. Thank you!

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Canadian CZT Margaret Bremner has added Crescent Moon to her awesome “And then some” series where she takes a Zentangle-original (aka “official”) tangle “on a wild ride of possibilities.” The link to Margaret’s new post is included above on the CRESCENT MOON page (look for the August 6th entry).

  • Thanks Linda for this update. I had not known about Margaret Bremner and her “and them some series” Loved exploring them. A big shout out to both you and Margaret for all you’ve done for the Zentangle community.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    In Zentangle’s “21 Days of Bijouisms” series honoring Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s bijouism is Comfort and today’s tangle is Crescent Moon.

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