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How to draw BUNZO

Zentangle pattern: Bunzo. 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.It’s always exciting when a new Zentangle®-original tangle makes its appearance and Bunzo is so much fun to draw! Founders Rick and Maria introduced Maria’s new tangle to the CZTs in September and now it’s being released into the wild for everyone to enjoy.

Bunzo is created from just one simple stroke, repeated. “It is a great tangle to shade and it ‘grows’ nicely to fill almost any string. Most elegantly, this tangle is created by using just one elemental shape,” writes Rick.

That elemental shape is a crescent, pretty much like this ) . How simple is that? Throw in a little shading and you’re done.

Usually we’ll see a pattern and then deconstruct it to create a tangle. With bunzo, it was the other way around; Maria first developed the tangle, then we started seeing it elsewhere.

When you visit the “how to”, you’ll see what Rick is referring to.

Maria illustrates the steps for drawing Bunzo here, and shows it in use in several elegant Zentangles. Maria is expert at creating the tangle enhancer named Sparkle and her last step showing this variation of Bunzo is an excellent of example of how Sparkle can add add a cool new look to a tangle.

UPDATE December 7, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 5 video Maria demonstrates how to tangle Bunzo.

UPDATE March 3, 2020 – Project Pack #8. As part of the Dancing in the Moonlight project pack, Julie tangles Printemps, Bunzo and Knightsbridge using the new Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens on a prestrung Zendala tile.

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UPDATE March 30, 2021 – Project Pack #13. As part of the Layers & Transitions project pack, Maria tangles Mooka, Springkle and Bunzo on a grey Phi tile.

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

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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:
  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!
  12. December 2020: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2020 Edition - Zentangle Renaissance
  13. April 2021: Layers and Transitions
  14. May 2021: Accessing the Artist Within
  15. September 2021: Alphaborders, Letter Forms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle
These are the links to my Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack summaries:
  1. January - February 2021: The Basics of the Zentangle Method
NOTE: You can always find the Project Pack Summaries by clicking on PROJECT PACKS on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar. OR by looking in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY TYPE for the tag projectpack. OR on the ZENTANGLE PROJECT PACKS page on the ZENTANGLES tab on the top menu bar of any page on the site.

Related Links

  • Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  • What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals
  • Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form
  • 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.
  • A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: a tangle NEVER starts with pencil planning.
  • How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  • For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page
  • Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!

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4 comments to How to draw BUNZO

  • Sue Zanker

    I add my thoughts and prayers to Linda’s, for all those people in the path of ‘Sandy’ and the snow storm. We are seeing them on TV and hope everyone stays safe. Having experienced a giant cyclone here 18 months ago, (Yasi) I know how scary they can be……….so stay safe everyone!

  • Marilyn Voelkerding

    It has been 4 months since storm Sandy, but my roof still awaits repair. It could not be fixed in the cold Ohio winter. I feel my husband and i were very lucky-the damage was minimal.

    I believe the many people who were in the heart of that storm could still use our prayers. As I do my ZenTangle meditation this afternoon, I prayer the spirit of healing, peace and strength be with them all.

    Blessings

  • Rachael Jacobs

    great patterns

  • Dianne

    I LOVE this website. I have been taking Zentangle lessons and this is a great way for me to learn more tangles. Thank you so much Linda.

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