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How to draw ZONKED

Zentangle pattern: Zonked. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.Zonked is a pretty tangle from California tangler Barbara Finwall who shared her Olé with us earlier this Spring.

I’ve been practicing Zonked for quite a while but I have to admit it’s been giving me the yips. However it’s such a great pattern that finally I decided to forget perfect and just get it out there for you all to play with. I know this will be a breeze for many of you.

Barbara has given two versions, one with the curved strokes which I’ve used for my example and another with straight strokes that’s equally striking. This tangle looks great too if in Step 4 you simply fill in the smaller outer curved or pointed triangles. Barbara also adds some delicate shading in her examples, mine is straight up.

Barbara illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zonked and her variation below, along with her ZIA featuring both tangles.

How to draw ZONKED by Barbara Finwall

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UPDATE April 22, 2020 – Project Pack #09. As part of the Spring has Sprung project pack, CZT Martha Huggins chooses to work on her Zendala tile with Verdigogh as the dividing organic tangle and adds Zonked to the right side section.


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
  14. May 2021: Accessing the Artist Within
  15. September 2021: Alphaborders, Letter Forms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle
  16. December 2021: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2021 Edition - Keeping Score
  17. March 2022: The Kaleidoscope of Our Lives
  18. August 2022: Introducing Zentangle's new Translucen-Z Tiles
  19. December 2022: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2022 Edition - Zentomology
  20. March 17, 2023: Blossoming Tangles
  21. August 4, 2023: Organic Tangles: Tangles of a Botanical Nature
  22. December 2023: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition - Exploring the Spiral
  23. March 15, 2024: The Birth of the Zentangle Method
  24. August 9, 2024: Honoring One of Zentangle's Most Famous Tangles
  25.  December 2024: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2024 Edition


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 ZONKED

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Recovered comments that were accidentally deleted:


    Bertha Marselis – This is a fabulous tangle pattern. I can’t wait to try it.
    I have really enjoyed your website Linda. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into it. I would also like to thank all those who contribute by sharing their tangle patterns. I am a newcomer but I have been having fun with all of the different variety of tangles.
    Again, thank you.

    Jane Eileen – This is a great one! Thanks for sharing!

    Sandi Buchspics – I LOVE this pattern…beautiful!!!

    Brenda Urbanik – That’s a beautiful tangle!

    Margaret Bremner – Wow. I LIKE this! It’s a good way to teach a bit of Rounding too – something I was just looking for.

    Dayna Barnes – Wow is right…that’s stunning. I’m like everybody else…itching to try it. Thanks, Barbara (and Linda).


    Jennifer Hohensteiner – This is definitely WOWZERS. A great follow-up to Ole, which I also love (even though I haven’t used it yet – but I will, I will.) And Linda, I think your demo is beautiful.

    nelpertus – merci pour vos partages

    Sherri – This one is being added to my “favorites” group. It is great alone but absolutely stunning when done in a group to get the true feeling of the pattern.

    Barbara Burgess, CZT – Great tangle. It looks like it would be simple enough do but it packs a powerful punch! TFS!

    Cyn – Will definitely make things pop!


    Diane Karr – Wow, Barbara! Great Pattern. Very dynamic. I’m trying this one out first thing tomorrow.


    Diane Tai – Beautiful pattern! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks great on black tiles too


    judy murphy – absolutely love this one

  • Wendy Collins

    I love this pattern. Did a variation to get rid of the grid lines by starting with doing the first step into the grid corners then doing inside auras, then the little fills.

  • Judy renfroe

    This zonked pattern is one of the prettiest tangles I have seen yet. And it is so easy. Thanks Wendy.

  • bernath

    SUPERBE +++++++++++

  • Nancy Pearson

    I drew this pattern when I was fairly new to Zentangle and not knowing what I was getting into! Occasionally I will go back and look at all of my tiles that I have stored in my binder and Zonked is one of the prettiest tiles! It is very intricate but when you are done it is very beautiful. Thank you Barbara for sharing this beautiful tangle and thank you Linda, as always, for giving us s path to share, learn and enjoy this beautiful art of Zentangle. It still blows my mind that before I discovered Zentangle I could not “draw” a thing. I desired to be creative but had no ability to do so. Accidentally finding your website has changed my life. It is funny, but I was actually on Pinterest trying to find out how to draw “bubble letters” like I doodled (not very well I might add) on my school binder in the 60’s. I found this beautiful drawing that led me to and –forget bubble letters –it was Zentangle all the way!!! So, thank you to all who share your patterns and thank you to Linda for giving us the way to see them. Sorry, I am wordy this morning. Nancy

  • I love this gridbased tangle.what comes out is magic. Thank you.

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