How to sign up for a free subscription - never miss a tangle!
What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Artists for Respect
Your support helps keep TanglePatterns available!


Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings: simply pop in any number in the range of 1 to 250.



How to draw RAIN

Zentangle pattern: Rain. 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.Rain is one of the Zentangle®-original tangles and it makes a great border tangle. Rain can be drawn with irregular zigzags or very precise ones and each produces attractive effects.

Maria tells us Rain was inspired by a design she and Rick saw on pottery in an Iranian exhibit in the Louvre on a trip to Paris. They playfully shuffled the letters spelling “Iran” into Rain.

UPDATE December 9, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 7 video starting at 02:26 Rick demonstrates how to tangle Rain.

Having lived in Iran for a couple of years in my early teens and before everything there went so haywire, I’m SO pleased to hear Maria pronounce the country’s name correctly.

CZT® Suzanne McNeill shows us how to draw Rain with step-by-step instructions here. Suzanne illustrates the pattern repeated side-by-side making this a good filler tangle too.

UPDATE: Early in the Summer of 2014 Suzanne McNeill’s blog was removed and all the posts and images were lost. Suzanne has graciously given me permission to post her copyright-protected images on TanglePatterns for your convenience.

How to draw the official Zentangle pattern: RAIN

Image © DESIGN ORIGINALS by Suzanne McNeill and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate this tangle in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

Guest Zentangle by Jella Verelst

Here is a beautiful example of Rain within a Zentangle.  This is the work of CZT® Jella Verelst from Belgium, and is shown on with her permission.

Jella owns PaperArtStudio and teaches Zentangle® as meditative art form. She tells me she creates her Zentangles in complete silence, and I think that total focus definitely shows in her art. If you live in or near Belgium and want to take a workshop with a master, you can find her workshop calendar here.


A Zentangle® by Jella Verelst incorporating the Rain tangle pattern. Copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Used with permission.

Check out the tag zentangle for more Zentangle®-original tangles, and jellav for more of her Zentangles on

Related Links


Enhance your Zentangle experience while supporting TanglePatterns: TANGLE GUIDE, 2020 Edition TANGLE GUIDE, 2020 Edition

The 9th Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download 79-page (54 MB) interactive digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2019. Containing almost 1,400 tangles, it's a must-have tool for using the site. Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page and support by getting your copy now!

"Linda, Thank you! I was relying on too few and getting stuck after 3 years of daily working with Zentangle. This has inspired me to ‘begin again’ with renewed excitement." ~ Barbara R.

See the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page. Note: this is a digital product you download when you place your order, nothing will be physically mailed to you.
GIFT ORDERS FOR ANOTHER PERSON: To give the TANGLE GUIDE as a gift, visit this page to place your gift order.
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1This is the only Zentangle book you'll ever need: the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®. Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
NEW! Now available in KINDLE format for $9.99.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H

The Official Zentangle KitAnother great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.




3 comments to How to draw RAIN

  • Fern Armstrong

    Very interesting. Will get addicted ti theses drawing. Thx.

  • Duke De Fesi

    I have “doodled” all my life. I came upon the name “zentangle” only recently, but I find them most absorbing and even comforting. Sometimes they even speak to me, in a way, telling me where they would like to go. Sometimes I will lead but they always have their own input. I have even framed and sold some 8×10’s. A least, that keeps me in pens and inks! I really enjoyed this site.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.