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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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Zentangle pattern: 'Nzeppel. 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.’Nzeppel is another curvy tangle pattern that gives me the yips even though it’s based on a grid that I seem to favor. Variants can include shading and adding solid areas where the spirit takes you.

’Nzeppel is a Zentangle®-original tangle designed by Maria Thomas. The link to her illustrated instructions for drawing ’Nzeppel is here.

Zentangle pattern: 'Nzeppel. 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.

My original ’Nzeppel example from 2010

The trick to ’Nzeppel is to draw over (retrace/restate) the original grid lines until you get to the corners when you’re adding the final steps.


Update June 30, 2010 – here’s a new, easier way to draw ’Nzeppel from Zentangle’s newsletter: here. (Tip: it uses a less formal grid.)


Update September 22, 2017 – Sakura and CZT Molly Hollibaugh got together to create this video with Molly demonstrating “Crazy ’Nzeppel” as a promotion for the 12-piece Zentangle Tool Set.

This 12-piece tool set from Sakura and Zentangle contains black Sakura Micron 01, 03, 05, 08 and Graphic 1 pens, a Zentangle pencil, a tortillion, and five original white Zentangle tiles.


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 12:01 Maria’s daughter and CZT Molly Hollibaugh demonstrates how to tangle ’Nzeppel.


UPDATE June 7, 2019 – CZT Margaret Bremner added ’Nzeppel to her “And then some” posts.


UPDATE April 19, 2020 – Project Pack #09. As part of the Spring has Sprung project pack, Julie Willand tangles Marasu on a Zendala tile and fills it with a fragment and with ‘Nzeppel.


UPDATE July 22, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Julie Willand demonstrates how to tangle Crazy ‘Nzeppel at 14:32.


UPDATE May 27, 2023 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-day challenge honoring May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Day 17’s Bijouism is Create and Molly tangles ‘Nzeppel in this 13:22 minute limited-audio video.


UPDATE December 3, 2023 – Project Pack #22. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition project pack, Julie Willand tangles an ‘Nzeppel-filled Hollibaugh, and her favorite Marasu (8:09) on her prestrung Phi tile in this video:


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