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How to draw PAX

Zentangle pattern: Pax. 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.Today’s lovely new Pax tangle pattern comes from Pennsylvania tangler Christine Reyes and it’s her first on the site.

At first glance I thought Pax was one of the many tangleations that can be derived from the official Zentangle® pattern Cadent. But while Cadent and its tangleations are drawn with S-strokes linking the base dots or circles, Pax‘s circles are connected using C-strokes.

“Pax came about during the crazy storms of this winter. I started drawing this pattern but couldn’t come up with a name that I thought expressed what I was feeling. At this time, we were watching the next storm getting ready to dump snow on us. The storm was named Pax. When I looked for the meaning, the word Pax is the Latin word for ‘Peace’. Peace is what I felt when I was drawing Pax. It just seemed like a perfect fit.

This design can be used as a border, fill or main feature with the circles filled or left open.”

Christine illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Pax here on her blog and explains “a little about the crazy way I got into Zentangle following my brain surgery“. Christine also shows two pretty Zentangles featuring Pax.

A heads up: if, like me, you find the instructions a little confusing to follow, there’s a simple solution. Try visualizing Christine’s Steps 3 and 5 as flipped horizontally (ie. mirrored), then the instructions will match up with the final result. (The pattern can be drawn with the C-strokes going in either direction, whichever is comfortable for your hand.)

Update: May 12, 2014. Apparently Christine’s website is no longer. Here are her steps and I’ve taken the liberty of editing them so you don’t need the “heads up” above.

How to draw PAX by Christine Reyes

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 christiner for more of Christine’s patterns on

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10 comments to How to draw PAX

  • Judy Stough

    I ALWAYS look forward to receiving emails from tangle, and here is why. I learn some thing new, i.e., new pattern, who submitted the pattern, where they’re from, and the genesis of their pattern contribution. And, it doesn’t stop there, because I glean insight when Linda adds her experiences as she draws the pattern herself. I appreciate, enjoy and look forward to receiving information everyday from whether on my PC or smartphone. THANK YOU Linda, for all you put into this RICH RESOURCE that makes it probably the best of not only the Tangling “world,” but the internet in general. And, thank you to those of you who submit your creative ideas for new and varied ways of a tangling patterns.


    Hi Linda, There are so many tangles out there and I love them all so I play a little game of spelling out a short word or name (Kathy) then randomly choose tangles that start with those letters (Kandysnake,Ansu,Tootle,Hypotic,Yinlinx,) draw a string and complete a Zentangle. Again love your site and one thing for sure I am alway excited and amazed at the talent among us.

  • Jo

    Hi Kathy
    What a brilliant idea, I’ll definitely try that one.

  • Margo

    Dear Linda,
    I can’t pretend that I try all these wonderful patterns, but do enjoy trying some–and, frankly, just looking at them with amazement!
    Thanks for your work in making this website happen.

  • Dianne

    What a lovely tangle! Thank you

  • Sarosong

    Linda, I just wanted to let you know – Christine’s website still seems to be up and running; in fact her last post was only a couple of days ago as I write this (she posted on 8/8/14, and seems to have been posting regularly before that as well). Maybe the site was only down temporarily? I know that the link I have to her website is from before May 12, 2014, so the address it’s sending me to must be the same as the one before it “closed”… I think? (????) Regardless, “Pax” is still available for viewing on her blog:

  • Melena

    I just found this tangle on Monday. I was looking for some tangles for the Diva Challenge “Give Peace A Chance”. And WOW! I found the perfect tangle for this and used it on my tile. I love it and the movement it gives. Thank you so much for sharing this one with us and naming it Pax (peace).

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