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How to draw ZONKED

Zentangle pattern: Zonked. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.Zonked is a pretty tangle pattern 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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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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