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!


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 AQUAFLEUR

Zentangle pattern: Aquafleur. 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.First demonstrated at the CZT XII training in October 2013, the instructions for the lovely new Zentangle®-original tangle Aquafleur have just been publicly released by co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

This tangle, Maria writes, was created on a 3-day mini-vacation she and Rick enjoyed in Bermuda last summer. Maria read and drew, and created this tangle pattern. “I wanted to have movement, like the waves. Drama, like the sunsets. Shapes like the flora. And passion . . .” The beautiful result is Aquafleur.

When you see Maria’s illustrated instructions here, it appears Aquafleur takes more than the usual number of steps for a tangle but it is not at all complicated. Just thoroughly illustrated. And, no surprise, it is so much fun to play with! Rick and Maria share some tips for exploring Aquafleur even further.

This is a dynamic tangle to aura. Play with integrating other tangles between the ‘petals’ … Try different shapes and sizes for the foundation shape. Most of all . . . have fun.

Here to inspire you is one of Maria’s Zentangles featuring Aquafleur.

Aquafleur Zentangle by Maria Thomas

And here’s Rick’s example …

Aquafleur Zentangle by Rick Roberts

And though the 2013 Christmas season is now history, you simply can’t miss CZT Carole Ohl’s Christmas card featuring Aquafleur. It’s spectacular!

Check out the tag zentangle for all of the Zentangle®-original tangles with online instructions.

Related Links


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.



5 comments to How to draw AQUAFLEUR

  • suzanne

    I have been playing with this tangle…I love it. So cool

  • Gunnel

    I just had a look at the Christmas tree by Carole Ohl.. can I ask what colour pens are being used to add any colour to a tangle?

    Tree looks absolutely amazing as do all the other varieties of the Aquafleur and of course the original as well….


  • DeniseC

    I found Zentangle while I was browsing Amazon for art related books, and I ordered the Kindle edition for A Zentangle a Day right away, and started with that. Then I trawled the Internet for more. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Carole Ohl’s gorgeous Christmas Tree. I learned it was done with the Aquafleur tangle. I looked all over the Internet for that tangle’s steps, with no luck. Then I got Linda’s “Tangle Guide ” and found it was an official tangle, and not published on the web! Arrrrggghhh! So I signed up for the Zentangle e-newsletter and for a subscription to this site.

    So, imagine my delight when I discovered that Aquafluer was in the Zentangle newsletter. I couldn’t get my iPad and WiFi to move fast enough! You had it up soon after. Now, I am wondering how long I need to practice it before I may be as dazzling with it as Carole Ohl! (Love her blog.) I am still practicing Mooka, for a few weeks, to get the gorgeous forms the Maria and Rick have demonstrated. Yes, I addicted and determined.

    BTW, Zentangle is helping me cope with my bouts of depression. Zentangle has been more effective, for me, than cognitive therapy.

  • Heather

    I’m new to Zentangle and I can’t wait to give aquafleur a try…

  • Sharon Wrench

    I have been playing around with this pattern and think it is beautiful. Before I began Zentangle, I did not pay attention to patterns that are in almost everything. Now, I see patterns in nature, carpet, furniture, in the background of television programs, material and the list is endless. I think it would be nice if it were taught from Kindergarden through High School!

    Thank you Maria for sharing your patterns and your time!

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.