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Zentangle pattern: Window Grilles. 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.This pretty and very versatile grid tangle is named Window Grilles and it’s from tangler Mei Hua Teng of Taiwan. She also goes by the name Damy and this is her first on the site.

Damy is a student of Taiwan’s mother-daughter team of CZTs Laura Liu and Diane Tai, both of whom have tangles on the site too. Damy, who is also a patchwork quilter, writes that she and her daughter Hsiuna Hsu are registered for this year’s November class to become CZTs themselves.

Many lovely patterns are inspired by the beautiful decorative wrought iron that can be found throughout the world serving sometimes-overlooked utilitarian functions like window grills, garden furniture, gates, chandeliers and so on.

Window Grilles is just such a pattern. It could be a cousin of my own tangle Rosé, but the swirled strokes are drawn from the opposite corners of the grid. And Damy explores her pattern and takes it in a lot of directions as you’ll see below.

Damy has provided steps for the basic way to draw Window Grilles and a variety of examples with even more ideas for playing with this lovely tangle. Window Grilles and its variations will keep you busy for a while!

The Basic Window Grilles

This version definitely requires turning your tile with each stroke if you want to stay on top of it. This is the version I used for my example above.

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

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More ways to experiment with Window Grilles

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

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How about a Window Grilles version of Betweed?

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

And now here are three lovely tiles with Damy’s white-on-black examples of her tangle.

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

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Something a bit simpler …

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

And lastly, something more complex …

How to draw WINDOW GRILLES by Damy (Damy Teng)

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16 comments to How to draw WINDOW GRILLES

  • Damy


  • Chrissie

    This is a lovely tangle but I like the simplicity of the second to bottom black tile variation the best. It’s already in my Tangle a Day calendar.

  • I am enchanted by your examples, Damy! I can’t wait to work with these beautiful tangles.

  • Chelsea

    Wow! I love love LOVE this tangle. My in laws lived on the island of St Croix for several years and I have always loved the decorative wrought iton work and block works found on all the buildings down there. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tangle. And the directions and variations are excellent! Just another tangle to remind me of my favorite island. Although I gotta say, I was working on some wrought iron ones as well so I feel like she beat me to the punch! haha. but her directions and examples are much more beautiful and clear than anything I had in mind. Thank you again. This one is going to go on my list of favorites.

  • Patricia Cosiano

    This is a beautiful tangle. Thanks for sharing it with us! I can’t wait to try it.

  • Phyllis Gudgalis

    Love this tangle. I have only been tangling for a few months, but have done several cards for family birthdays. I have been devoting my time to making jewelry, but am now going to start doing more tangling. We live full time in a motorhome and travel all summer, so it will be nice to sit in the evening and relax with tangles after a long day of sightseeing or traveling. Will be on the lookout for new ideas for tangles

  • Sharon Wrench

    Beautiful pattern! I especially lit the white on black tiles. I have not tried it yet, but this would be a great pattern to try out. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Damy

    Very happy to share this beautiful tangle pattern! Thank you to everyone!

  • judy murphy

    what a wonderfully versatile tangle.

  • Linda Parks

    I love this idea, I will need to try this tonight! Very beautiful.

  • I liked this tangle very much. I tried doing one. Different but good. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Recovered comments that were accidentally deleted:


    Stacey Dieck – This is my new favorite tangle! Love love love! Thank you for having this website. Everything about it is just wonderful.


    Lisa Scholler – I love window grills! One of my favorites.

    Cindy Lear – I love wrought iron grilles and am constantly taking pictures of them. Now you have given me a way to make one! Thanks.

  • Ana Lopez

    I love this tangle is so many ways to interprete, I am new at Zentangle and I have join the website trying to learn more and I am hooked.
    Thank for the help.Ana

  • Elizabeth Ruby-Cunningham

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much for sharing this tangle! I love the alternating directions that this tangle has. It is so very pretty and relaxing to draw!

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