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How to draw a free-form bird and fill it with tangles

This post contains a videoIn this 19-minute video CZT® Suzanne McNeill demonstrates how to draw a free-form bird and fill it with six tangles from Zentangle 8. This title in her Zentangle® series focuses on Zentangle-inspired monograms and alphabets. (See the BOOK REVIEWS tab for more information.)

You might remember the newest book I posted about last week, The Beauty of Zentangle also has a tangled bird on its cover. In this video Suzanne talks about her process for drawing birds and decorating them with her tangles.

The tangles Suzanne demonstrates are:

    1. Fins (3:43)
    2. Maize (6:07)
    3. Ocean Spray (7:05)
    4. Pinball (8:59)
    5. Chatter (11:28)
    6. Coral Seeds (16:16)

Zentangle patterns: Fins, Maize, Ocean Spray, Pinball, Chatter, Coral Seeds

This looks like it might be a fun summer project for introducing children to Zentangle.


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9 comments to How to draw a free-form bird and fill it with tangles

  • Ashley M.

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was just thinking about tangling an animal. This just gave me so much more motivation!

  • Katrina

    That was really cool!

  • Megan Gates

    That was so cool! Taking a bird and tangling it up like that! I liked the tail feathers!



  • Sue Zanker

    Thanks Linda for posting that video…… far I haven’t ventured into tangling animals or birds etc, but this video has given me a little bit more confidence to try something…..”outside the square”… it were !

  • Judy Garrison

    She makes it look so easy to do!

  • Kate

    I am a real beginner did it along with you. Makes me want to practice as I was able to do it! thank you

  • the bird tangle video was wonderful. I loved the tangles you selected for it. Moreover, I liked how you broke the tangles down to easy steps and encouraged us to use them as a guideline and modify them as necessary. I can’t wait to use tangles in my fuse glass.

  • Fern Armstrong

    Love OMG. This is so interesting. The bird video is awesome , I did a part of it , but was too busy watching you work and explain how to draw at the same time. Will look forward for more and practice thx a lot ????

  • Sheree

    Thank you for posting this video as it is so helpful to see the tangles being drawn. Suzanne McNeill is very talented and an inspirational teacher. Will try this!

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