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Zentangle pattern: Merryweather. 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.The official Zentangle® pattern Bales was one of the first tangles I posted on TanglePatterns in May 2010 and here’s what I wrote way back then:

The potential changes possible with this basic pattern are almost mind-boggling. Variants include adding different shapes between the ‘flowers’ (dots, circles, diamonds, etc.), shading, and filling in shapes as the pattern takes form.

Bales is certainly one of the most generous tangles in terms of the amazing variety of variations it’s possible to create from the basic tangle. I’ve always encouraged newcomers to the Zentangle art form to practice the official tangles first (see Related Links below) and if you haven’t yet given Bales a whirl, CZT Sandy Hunter’s Merryweather is an opportunity to learn one imaginative possibility that might just spur you on to your own discoveries. Sandy is also the creator of the very popular Cruffle tangle.

Sandy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Merryweather, starting with Bales here on her blog. She gives several helpful drawing tips and features Merryweather in a delightful ZIA piece with several other tangles. While you’re there be sure to admire the wonderful Mooka background she’s created for her blog.

Check out the tag sandyh for more of Sandy’s patterns on

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2 comments to How to draw MERRYWEATHER

  • Dona S.

    Wow! This is a great tangle, and many thanks to Sandy for the tips. I would have completely missed some of the fine details without that info!
    Dona S.

  • Melena

    Somehow I missed this tangle along the way. But now I’ve found it and I love it. I can see many opportunities to do some tangleations with this one. Thanks to Sandy for coming up with this one and to Linda for posting it.

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