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How to draw SPRIGS

Zentangle pattern: SprigsIt’s been quite a few months since we’ve had a new tangle pattern from Tasmanian CZT Michele Beauchamp, but the delicate and lovely Sprigs was well worth the wait.

Sprigs seems like it may have been inspired by the coming of the Spring season Down Under, which according to the Australian government is from September to November.

Michele’s most recent tangle addition was the very popular and elegant Mak-rah-mee. And if you haven’t discovered them on the TUTORIALS tab yet, she has also contributed two wonderful tutorials to inspire your Zentangle® creativity. The first was “It’s Spiralicious! A Zentangle Spiral Guide“, followed by “Exploring the art of Zentangle in a larger format“. You might also recognize her hand from the beautiful art on the covers of my TANGLE GUIDE.

Michele’s art is a case-in-point for making each and every one of your tangle strokes deliberately. And to tangle, tangle, tangle every day. Remember that Zentangle is a mindful process, not a picture-drawing race against time. Savor each stroke!

On her blog Michele goes by “Shelly” and her last name is pronounced “Beach-um” hence the witty name of her blog: shellybeauch. A small example of her sense of humor and as her seatmate at CZT#7, I can vouch for it. Michele tells us a little about her tangle:

Sprigs came about while I was tangling my last ZIA ‘Winter Daisies Angela Werner asked for the name of the sprigs at the bottom of the page so I thought that may be it wasn’t out there and sprigs sounded a good name.

Originals of Michele’s wonderful Zentangle art are available from her etsy shop, be sure to check it out.

Michele illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Sprigs here on her blog, and you can enjoy a beautiful example of Sprigs together with Molly Hollibaugh’s Fife and several other official tangles in her Winter Daisies ZIA.

Check out the tag micheleb for more of Michele’s patterns on

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3 comments to How to draw SPRIGS

  • Margaret McKerihan

    Beautiful as always! Love the instructions for this, because I wouldn’t have thought to start from the inside of the ‘leaf’ construction. Can’t wait to use this 🙂

  • Sue Zanker

    “Remember that Zentangle is a mindful process, not a picture-drawing race against time. Savor each stroke!”…… these words of yours Linda are SOOOO important…

    I find that when I am concentrating, I hear nothing, I see nothing, I speak nothing……all that goes through my mind is “THE STROKE” and when I finally “come up for air”, I feel relaxed, calm, and ready to face my day, whatever it may bring.
    Vive Zentangle!!!

  • Beth S

    This is such a beautiful and delicate Zentangle Pattern. I just love how it flows. I can see myself using this organic tangle a lot. Thanks so much for sharing!

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