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How to draw INDY-RELLA

Zentangle pattern: Indy-RellaIndy-Rella is one of the Zentangle®-original tangles introduced to CZTs and to her private students by Maria’s daughter Molly Hollibaugh several years ago.

You will be familiar with Molly’s surname, Hollibaugh, as one of Zentangle’s core original tangles named for Molly’s husband who developed the tangle, and featuring our oft-used technique of drawing behind.

Molly has taught Indy-Rella at several CZT training seminars, including the one I attended (CZTVII). As I recall, Indy-Rella came by its name because Molly’s daughter Indy’s favorite toy at the time was Cinderella and thus the name of this fun tangle pattern.

Indy-Rella is so simple, it starts with a dot then you add increasingly larger curved strokes then diminish them in size again. Indy-Rella makes an easy and fun fill pattern and it also looks very effective in white or metallic ink on the original black Zentangle tiles or Zendala tiles. It can be used randomly to fill a section but I’ve also seen tanglers create designs using the Indy-Rella form, for instance placing them in a circular pattern to create a star-like, or mandala appearance. Very versatile.

Introducing Bijou

Introducing Bijou (August 1, 2014) In the most recent edition of their public newsletter, Rick and Maria announced the addition to the Zentangle family of the wonderful little character, Bijou.

Peek-a-boo, Bijou! I couldn’t help but notice Bijou peeking out of the bottom left corner of this Zentangle tile from October 2010. Obviously not quite ready to come out of his/her shell until now.

You can read all about how Bijou came to join the family here in the newsletter and see the latest addition to the Zentangle product line of small, snail-size Bijou tiles. “Bijou tiles are ideal for mono-tangles and for organizing your tangles and tangleations, or, a quick classic.

You will also want to check out Bijou’s own section on the Zentangle site, in particular the Bijou-isms you see included in the video below. Without mixing animal kingdom metaphors too badly, Bijou offers many pearls of wisdom about the Zentangle Method. My personal favorite is the illustration of Bijou relaxing (Relax).

In the following whimsical and creative 4-minute video, Bijou demonstrates “in person” how to draw the official tangles Meer (1:00), Zinger (1:34), Indy-Rella (2:10) and Fracas (2:41).

Bijou tiles are 2″ x 2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) of the same great white paper as the original tiles, and they come in their own sweet little tin of approximately 55 tiles for $18. You can read more about them and purchase them here. (They are also available from your local CZT.)


UPDATE December 10, 2018 – Project Pack #04. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, in this Day 8 video starting at 16:11 CZT Julie Willand of Zentangle HQ demonstrates how to tangle Indy-Rella.


UPDATE 08/14/2022 – Project Pack #18. As part of the Introducing Zentangle’s new Translucen-Z Tiles project pack, Rick tangles Indy-Rella at 11:24 in this video:


UPDATE December 19, 2022 – Project Pack #19. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2022 Edition project pack, Martha tangles Indy-Rella beginning at 23:14 in this video:


UPDATE May 21, 2023 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-day challenge honoring May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Day 11’s Bijouism is Inspire and Rick tangles Indy-Rella in this 09:06 minute limited-audio video.


For a complete list of Zentangle’s Project Packs click the PROJECT PACKS link in the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar.


UPDATE May 11, 2024 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-Day project honoring Mental Health Awareness Month this year, on Day 2 Molly tangles Indy-Rella in this video.


Check out the tag mollyh for more of Molly’s tangles on

Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
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