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How to draw CRESCENT MOON

Zentangle pattern: Crescent Moon. 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.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.

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.

Sandy Bartholomew shows us how to draw Crescent Moon here.

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.

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4 comments to How to draw 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 :((

    MaryRedford

  • 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!

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