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How to draw WELL

Zentangle pattern: Well. 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.Well is a new original tangle pattern from Zentangle HQ and for the record, my example here is Well at its very basic bones, wait until you see what can be done with this.

The inspiration for Well comes from a trip to a local museum, “Near our home is the Higgins Armory Museum, which specializes in medieval armor and weaponry. On a recent pattern search there, I saw a small box covered with what look like wrought metal patterns,” writes Zentangle® co-founder Rick Roberts.

This box looked like a treasure chest that would hold jewels. How about jewel for a name? We didn’t go with that because it’s potentially too descriptive of an expected outcome. However it was a good enough inspiration to give us well. This name has an added benefit of offering opportunities for fun word play, which we love.

Well is actually very similar to two very popular tangles by CZTs. The first is Peg Farmer’s Yew-Dee, drawn without the curved lines in her Step 2. The second is Jana Rogers’ Fiore tangle with the exception that Well begins with a circle in the middle of the grid “seed” in place of Jana’s square. Jana’s Fiore was inspired by the article about using grid seeds to develop tangles.

In the illustrations for Well, Rick also reminds us how turning the seed in various directions within the basic grid produces a variety of results from the same pattern.

Zentangle pattern: Well. 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.Maria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Well here in the recent Zentangle newsletter along with several Zentangles by Rick and Maria showing some possibilities with this tangle. (You can view larger images of their Zentangles featuring Well here on the blog.) In my second example here on the right, I’ve done a riff on Maria’s interpretation Zentangle with her cool trompe l’oeil. Both links include a photo of the box inspiring the tangle. Well, that’s it for today! 😉

UPDATE December 3, 2018 – Project Pack #4. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 1 video starting at 13:45 Martha Huggins demonstrates how to tangle Well.

UPDATE March 2, 2020 – Project Pack #8. As part of the Dancing in the Moonlight project pack, Rick tangles Well using the new Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens:

UPDATE March 4, 2020 – Project Pack #8. As part of the Dancing in the Moonlight project pack, with Rick keeping her company, Maria tangles Well, Mooka, Tripoli, a “Kite on a String” motif, Printemps, Gourdgeous, and Fife on several different black prestrung Zendala tiles:

UPDATE March 7, 2020 – Project Pack #8. As part of the Dancing in the Moonlight project pack, Maria tangles Well on six Renaissance Tan 3Z tiles using the new Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens:


UPDATE September 24, 2020 – Project Pack #11. As part of the Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun! project pack, Molly and Martha use Ing as a reticulum on the new Phi tiles and each fills their tile with a different fragment. Martha uses Well on her tile.


UPDATE September 25, 2020 – Project Pack #11. As part of the Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun! project pack, Maria tangles Well as one of two fragments on her Phi tile.


UPDATE December 13, 2020 – Project Pack #12. As part of the 12 Days of Zentangle, 2020 Zentangle Renaissance project pack, Rick tangles Well on a square Renaissance tan tile.


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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.
These are the links to my Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack summaries:
  1. January - February 2021: The Basics of the Zentangle Method

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7 comments to How to draw WELL

  • Hi, I am totally new and totally hooked, so much so that I am busy finalising my flights from South Africa to attend the November CZT, just too many questions in my head!
    I love this new pattern, wow! And what an awesome job Rick & Maria have done to showcase how to draw it and offer prompts for creating variations.
    As I am sitting here playing with it though, I wondered, at what point would it no longer be called WELL, you know what I mean? For example, I love the one variation with the “swirls” going in the same direction, before the “petals” are added. So my question, if one omits the petals, is it no longer called “WELL”? (Now I am showing you my total ignorance I know, but it can only get better). (Thank you for all your wonderful work Linda!).

  • Sue Agnew

    I just love the heading: “how to draw well” 🙂

  • Josie

    Omg! This is my new favriote pattern! In school for dorm work we learned zentangles and now were doing a project called “Cats in the Attick” Where we make cats and put them in an attick themed backround! Im so gonna use it!

  • Karen Carriere

    I would really like to learn this saw it on the view

  • This one is fantastic! So versatile and really easy to draw. I love it! Thank you!

  • Beautiful pattern to be used for Reticula and Fragments.

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