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How to draw STRIPING

Zentangle pattern: Striping. 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.Striping is one of the 102 Zentangle®-original tangles introduced by originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

For some reason I found Striping a real challenge to draw and I’ve put off adding it to because I just wasn’t satisfied with my results. Yesterday I covered half a page with this pattern (and my first Micron ran out of ink), until I found a key for me.

Obviously first you draw your string. Then I added all the evenly-spaced (though they don’t have to be) lines in each area. Then I filled in the shapes made by the lines. Previously I’d been taking one area of the string and completing it, then doing the part beside it, and so on. That really did not produce good results for me. (If at first you don’t succeed …)


UPDATE: November 11, 2017 – Project Pack #1. In this project series, in this video (10:45) CZT Molly Hollibaugh demonstrates Striping using White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen on a black pre-strung Zendala tile.


UPDATE: December 2016 – CZT Margaret Bremner has posted a fun Striping with a Twist tutorial here.


CZT Sandy Bartholomew demonstrates the step-by-step process for drawing Striping here.


UPDATE July 21, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Molly tangles Striping starting at 29:10 in this video.


UPDATE May 22, 2021 – Project Pack #14. As part of the Accessing the Artist Within project pack, Molly and Martha tangle Striping, Sampson, Bales, and Tipple on the “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” spread in the custom booklet.


UPDATE December 20, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Molly tangles Striping at 29:38 in this video.


UPDATE May 29, 2023 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-day challenge honoring May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Day 19’s Bijouism is The String’s the Thing and Molly tangles Striping in this 14:46 minute limited-audio video.


Update April 25, 2024 – As part of Zentangle’s 20th Anniversary celebrations this year and April’s No Mistakes prompt (see this page for the year’s Project Summary to date), Julie and Mollie “Tangle the Spill” and Julie adds Striping in this video, followed by Molly adding Scena.


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10 comments to How to draw STRIPING

  • Kim Gabriel

    Striping was the very first pattern for me when I became sold on the idea of shading. Striping is also the first pattern for me that sucked up all of my pen 🙂 I tried using a broader nib but for me, using the fine nib really does zen me out and the result can look like velvet. Which I adore.

  • Linda Farmer

    Hi Kim, shading would add more depth to this pattern – I was so pleased (relieved) to have a decent result that shading didn’t cross my mind! Hmmmm, off to play with it again …

  • Kim Gabriel

    It looks great as is! Sometimes I like a “flat” style. Especially if I have managed to have very neat, symmetric strokes. The coolest thing about shading in zendoodling (for me) is that I have taken to heart the rule of thumb that one need not give a fig about “rules” of shading. I guess that makes sense if you think that your zentangle has no real right side up–shadows could fall anywhere. Which is just about what mine do regardless of whether I am doing a piece which does, in fact, have a right side up.

    I find it passing strange and wonderful that an art form based on repeated regular strokes ends up being totally wild and wacky for me. It is almost as if the tangle gives me a nice, safe home base that makes me feel secure enough to venture out for awesome adventures.

  • Linda Farmer

    As it turns out, I liked it better without shading too. I didn’t do much, but I preferred the original so I stopped.

    But it was an interesting experiment nonetheless. And a reminder for me that each pattern almost tells me when I’m done or when it needs a little more something. I guess Striping said, “I’m ready.”

    Kim, where can we find some of your Zentangles? Would love to see the results of some of your awesome adventures.

  • Kim Gabriel

    Not sure if that will link, I am blog challenged. It is sweet of you to ask. Having been strictly digital until late March, real pen and paper have been like an off planet trip for me and I love it. I have amassed HUGE supplies of pens, markers and paper and use it all willy nilly without much regard for common or aesthetic sense. I have decided my shadowing could be called “bull in a china shop” school.

    My mother dropped by the cottage where I am vacationing and watched me tangle for a little bit. “There’s Kim,” she said, “still colouring.” Totally cracked me up. I guess awesome adventuring is in the eye of the beholder

  • Krystal

    thats really neat

  • Krystal


    how long did you have your first pen? wanna know if there really good pens, because they can be pricy

  • megan

    these look so hard but are so eazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    In Zentangle’s “21 Days of Bijouisms” series honoring Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s bijouism is The String’s the Thing and today’s tangle is Striping.

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