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!
TanglePatterns QR Code


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 SAND SWIRL

Zentangle pattern : Sand Swirl. 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.Here’s another tangle pattern I just love and I think you will too. It’s simple, it’s flexible, and it’s mesmerizing to draw. It’s great fun to shade too.

Sand Swirl is from Karry Heun who shared her Summer Sitter tangle with us earlier this year.

This tangle is so much fun to draw and in true Zentangle® style, there’s no thinking or planning involved. There’s one “stem” stroke, as Karry calls it, and then as many auras as you feel like. The easiest way to grow Sand Swirl is to keep turning your Zentangle tile as you add more stems and auras.

Here is Karry’s step-by-step illustration for drawing Sand Swirl. Thanks for a great tangle, Karry!

Steps for drawing Karry Huen's Sand Swirl tangle pattern

Image copyright the artist 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.

Check out the tag karryh for more of Karry’s patterns on

Related Links

If you’ve just joined us recently and would like some help with shading your Zentangles or Zentangle-inspired art (ZIA), check out the TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic:

  1. TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic, Part 1 – by CZT® Marizaan van Beek
  2. TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic, Part 2 – by CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew


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.


9 comments to How to draw SAND SWIRL

  • Oooh – definitely a new favorite! LOVE this one! 🙂

  • Traci Regner

    Oh I just LOVE this! Thank you Karry and Linda! I will be using this one a lot!

  • So-o-o similar to Dansk, and yet different! There’s a circle instead of a droplet shape, and the Auras run into the stem. Will try this soon.

  • Peggie Schurch

    Just what I have needed for a large filler space that is different, will be using that many times, so many thanks for sharing and look forward to your next tangle. Peggie Australia

  • A new favorite! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sue Zanker

    I am presently in another State thousands of miles away from home and husband, helping our son and family while our beloved daughter in law undergoes radiotherapy for a rare form of cancer originating in her salivary gland. There are 3 boys 13, 11 and a bub of 1 year old, all wonderfful but sometimes it’s bedlam! Yes OF COURSE I brought my tangling ‘stuff’ with me and that’ s what keeps me on an even keel at the moment and I am able to do it most afternoons while the baby has his afternoon nap. Without tangling, I would find it very hard, with the sadness we all feel, the hectic life that still has to happen in between her appointments to be ‘zapped’ (as we call it). I am hoping I can (gently) over the weeks I am here with them, introduce her to tangling as I know it would help her too, but so far she has just been watching me (in spite of me offering a tile and pen) do it occasionally, but that’s a start maybe……Thanks be to Rick and Maria and your generously sharing site Linda, that so far, I am staying sane!

  • marla reed

    Hello Sue,

    I just wanted you to know I will be praying for your dear daughter-in-law to be helped by the treatments she’s going through. Also of course for you and all of your grand babies!

  • Wow, what a great relaxing tangle. Thank you for sharing.

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.