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How to draw ’NZEPPEL and CRAZY ’NZEPPEL

Zentangle pattern: 'Nzeppel. 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.’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 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.

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.

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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.)

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Check out the tag zentangle for more Zentangle-original tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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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:  

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Zentangle Project Pack Summaries on TanglePatterns

For your convenience here are the links to all of my Zentangle Project Pack summaries to date:

  1. November 2017: Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens
  2. December 2017: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
  3. June 2018: A Zentangle Ensemble
  4. December 2018: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition – Making a Zentangle Spinner
  5. April 2019: Zentangle Cartouches
  6. August 2019: No Mistakes
  7. December 2019: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2019 Edition – Light and Shade
  8. March 2020: Dancing in the Moonlight
  9. April 2020: Spring has Sprung
  10. July 2020: The Legend of Zentangle
  11. September 2020: Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun!

NOTE: You can always find the Project Pack Summaries by looking under ZENTANGLES on the top menu bar for the Zentangle Project Packs page. OR by looking in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY TYPE for the tag projectpack.

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6 comments to How to draw ’NZEPPEL and CRAZY ’NZEPPEL

  • HBW

    I love this one. At first I thought it wasn’t going to work since some comments I’ve read elsewhere made it seem diffcult to draw, but I think it’s actually a very forgiving tangle. At first it may not look like it’s going to come out right, but when it’s completed its overall effect is awesome. It looks very intricate and difficult. My 9 year old couldn’t believe I drew it.

  • Barbara

    What is a tag and how do I use,them

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Barbara, tags are a type of keyword that link similar patterns together and also displays other tangles by the same artist. Check out this post for an explanation of how to use tags on the site: How to draw ORGANIC. And do let me know if you have any more questions, I’m happy to clarify 🙂

  • Sandra Riggins

    Really like this one. See it being used as a filler and also the central focus.

  • Jeanne

    One of my favorites!

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    CZT Margaret Bremner added ’Nzeppel to her “And then some” series of posts, link added above.

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