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How to draw BETWEED

Official Zentangle pattern: Betweed. 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.Zentangle originators Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts just posted this video of their latest tangle, Betweed.

This is the first time they’ve posted a video and I’m sure we all hope it’s the first of many more to come.


In addition the step-by-step instructions for drawing the Zentangle®-original pattern Betweed are included in the September 28, 2010, newsletter here.

And if you’d like to see even more lovely Betweed variations, check out Maria’s beautiful “field notes” book here.

Update December 17, 2017 – Project Pack #2. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle (2017 Edition), in this Day 7 video (12:46) Maria demonstrates how using Betweed-like interwoven auras within each section of a pre-strung Zendala tile creates a lovely pattern of its own.

UPDATE December 13, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 11 video starting at 1:54 Maria demonstrates how to tangle Betweed.

Day 11‘s video includes Knightsbridge, Scena, Purk, and Betweed.


UPDATE March 20, 2021 – Project Pack #13. As part of the Layers & Transitions project pack, Maria adds Betweed to her grey tile beginning at 13:12.


UPDATE March 17, 2022 – Project Pack #17. As part of the The Kaleidoscope of Our Lives project pack, Maria tangles Betweed at 05:53 in this video:


UPDATE December 19, 2022 – Project Pack #19. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2022 Edition project pack, Martha tangles Betweed beginning at 03:28 in this video:


UPDATE December 4, 2023 – Project Pack #22. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition project pack, Molly and Martha tangle Betweed (9:37) and Crescent Moon (14:00) in this video:


UPDATE December 10, 2023 – Project Pack #22. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition project pack, in part two of today’s lesson on our four-tile ensemble, on the remaining pair of tiles Molly adds Betweed in one of the spiral sections in this video:


UPDATE March 23, 2024 – Project Pack #23. As part of the Birth of the Zentangle Method project pack, Martha tangles Betweed and Mooka on the project template in this video:


UPDATE May 19, 2024 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-Day project honoring Mental Health Awareness Month this year, on Day 10 Martha tangles Betweed in this video.


Check out the tag zentangle for all of the Zentangle®-original tangles with online instructions.

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  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
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15 comments to How to draw BETWEED

  • arline rose

    Thank you so much for the video and I hope you continue with this format. The Betweed tangle is amazing and offers so many possibilities but if I just saw the tile without the tutorial I don’t know if I would have figured it out.

    Thanks again,

  • Laura

    Thanks for the video. I loved watching it, and it really does help to be able to watch as it is drawn, and listen to the commentary as the tangle evolves. loved it!

  • Suzanne

    Dee – loved what you did with color and betweed, very nice thanks for posting it.

  • Lori

    We are just starting out and your video was really wonderful to watch how casually a good design can develop! Thanks for the inspiration to keep on going!

  • I love these video tutorials! It gives you so much more insight into how these tangles are created than simple steps ever could. It also conveys Maria and Rick’s enthusiasm for tangling, which is really nice. Thanks for posting this on your site – they’re a real inspiration 🙂

  • Azaria035

    Hi Rick and Maria, ever since I discovered this beautiful art, just 2 days ago, I have become totally addicted to this new art that I am adding to my life. I have watched the first video on Zentangle,titled Betweed and am completely taking in awe over this beautiful art technique. I know that this will help me in my recovery after having open heart surgery for double by-pass with complications and my memory was affected and this is the perfect antidote for it. I am totally relaxed and focused.

    I will be a Zentangler from now on. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I even created a Zentangler book specifically for this purpose and I decorated it. Maybe I will post a picture sometime in the near future.

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Azaria, so glad you found the site and are enjoying tangling. You are among many many people who’ve written to say how much Zentangle has helped them through tough times. Best wishes for your relaxed recovery, Linda

  • Thank you, Maria and Rick, for this video. I’ve been wanting to try Zentangle—even bought your intro book—but wasn’t quite sure where to start. The video helps so much in understanding how it comes together. Soothing and inspiring, all at once.

  • HI – I have enjoyed watching the videos, however are there any teachers who are left handed?
    I can adapt, but it might be nice for me to watch a fellow leftie.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Paula, I’m not aware of videos by qualified Zentangle lefties but you should do just fine by following the link at the bottom to the newsletter where the steps are posted. Have fun!

  • Sandy

    Try watching the video looking at a mirror. It makes everything backwards which is just what you need. When you teach a left hander to knit or crochet this is the method used. Good luck. It is an addictive
    Hobby. Of course a glass of wine does give you you some amazing results.

  • Barbara

    Thank you for your video. So appreciated!

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