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How to draw MUNCHIN

Zentangle pattern: Munchin. 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.Munchin is a tangle pattern I find particularly challenging and I’m not sure why. [Edit: this was written in May 2010, I’ve long since mastered this fun tangle!]

In their newsletter, Rick and Maria describe it as “Simple to do and fun to watch unfold.” I’ll have fun when I finally get this one! As with many tangle patterns, the trick is to remember to turn your tile as you draw. Hmmm, think I forgot to do that.

Solid fills and shading are variations that work with Munchin.

Munchin is a Zentangle®-original tangle designed by Molly Hollibaugh who “introduced this tangle at our Zentangle Teacher Training Seminar“. The link to Maria’s illustrated instructions for this pattern along with a couple of examples by Molly is here.

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October 7, 2015 Update: Zentangle product manager and CZT Molly Hollibaugh created this new video for Sakura on how to draw Munchin using white ink on a black tile. Molly gives some great tips including how she works with the white Sakura Gelly Roll:

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UPDATE December 12, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 10 video starting at 05:34 Maria’s daughter and CZT Molly Hollibaugh demonstrates how to tangle Munchin:

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UPDATE February 29, 2020 – Project Pack #08. As part of the Dancing in the Moonlight series, in this Day 1 video, Maria’s daughter and CZT Molly Hollibaugh demonstrates how to tangle Munchin:

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January 2013 update: CZT Margaret Bremner posted a tutorial on an alternative way to draw Munchin here. The result isn’t as free and organic as the original tangle, but it’s another way to go.

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UPDATE July 21, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Molly tangles Munchin starting at 03:58 in this video.

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UPDATE December 20, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Molly tangles Munchin at 28:25 in this video.

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UPDATE May 19, 2023 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-day challenge honoring May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Day 9’s Bijouism is No Mistakes and Maria tangles Munchin in this 26:22 minute limited-audio video.

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6 comments to How to draw MUNCHIN

  • molly

    good website(y) love it

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Check it out! Zentangle® product manager and CZT Molly Hollibaugh created this new video for Sakura on how to draw Munchin using white Gelly Roll ink on a black tile. Molly gives some great tips including how she works with the white Sakura Gelly Roll.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    In Zentangle’s “21 Days of Bijouisms” series honoring Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s bijouism is No Mistakes and today’s tangle is Munchin.

  • Pixel

    The instruction link is broken, unfortunately.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Pixel, the link actually works fine. I’m not a technical expert but in my experience a couple of things could be at play here. Either your ISP is experiencing high volume so it has slowed/throttled your service so that pages/images are extremely slow loading. Or your browser’s cache is bogged down with junk like trackers so it’s just confused and needs to be cleared. It’s a good idea to do that on a regular basis and you can find instructions online for your device and browser software versions.

      Personally I use a free software program called CrapCleaner on a daily basis to clean out the megabytes of junk downloaded by the internet to my computer. Although I would definitely stay away from EVER using its relatively new “Driver Updater”, that was a recipe for computer disaster for me but using Health Check daily is super useful. One other tip for those interested: Go to the Options feature and under “Cookies”, select the cookies you want to keep for sites you visit and sign in often so it saves those for you while clearing out all the other junk.

      Hope that helps! Any and all other suggestions are welcome …

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