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How to draw ROXI

Zentangle pattern: RoxiHappy Friday, y’all! AND a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all our Canadian rellies and tangling friends. Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 13th, which is also Columbus Day here in the US so we share a wonderful Autumn long weekend for different reasons.

If you have a few minutes and a cuppa joe (double, double) handy, here’s a tongue-in-cheek slideshow on Huffington Post of 232 slides covering “Things American should know about Canada” (scroll down to the second slideshow). Canadians are very good at wry humour and poking fun at themselves. If you can’t have a good laugh, what’s the point eh? Thanksgiving blessings and enjoy the feast!

Today we have a striking and simple tangle pattern named Roxi from West Virginia tangler Beth Snoderly.

Beth writes that her inspiration for Roxi was layered rock, a very special layered rock. “My favorite picture Jasper worry stone. It looks like it was a piece of wood the way it layered out. Love it. It inspired this tangle.

I’d never heard of a worry stone until now so I looked it up – where else – but on Wikipedia:

Worry stones (palm stones, thumb stones) are smooth, polished gemstones, usually in the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation, used for relaxation or anxiety relief. They are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. … Variations on the concept originate in ancient Greece, Tibet, Ireland, and multiple Native American tribes.

And that led me down another rabbit hole following geology links like this one and feeling overwhelmed, yet again, by the wonders of our beautiful planet, the amazing “blue marble“. Talk about giving thanks.

Still with me?? …

Roxi provides another great opportunity to practice line controls skills and to play with composition from different points of view too. It’s one of those “sneaky addictive” tangles that becomes more and more interesting the more you draw it. I liked using the continuous line technique from my Shiraz tangle where you trace over the same section each time you “come around”.

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Roxi below and shows a few ways to vary her tangle as well as a monotangle Zentangle® featuring it.

How to draw ROXI by Beth Snoderly

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7 comments to How to draw ROXI

  • Julie

    Love it, very easy, and will be used in my next few tangles, thanks for sharing.

  • Maggie

    This is a fun little tangle! Makes me think of the ocean…it looks like a pile of mussel shells.

  • Beth S

    Wow, discovering one of my tangles has been picked on is a nice way to start the weekend! I still have that worry stone. I hope everyone gets to enjoy a bit of tangling on this long weekend!

  • Jennifer


    Does anyone have any experience tangling onto a painted wall? I would like to tangle the walls of a small bathroom, but I’m unsure what type of pen (if one exists) would be best.


    • Tracey A

      I’m wondering if the Identi-Pen would do the trick?

    • Karen L.

      Jennifer – I would recommend an extra fine tipped acrylic paint marker. Liquitex, Posca, and Montana are some of the brands I’ve seen… But there are others. Make sure the paint is water based, not oil based.

      While I haven’t actually used these pens to tangle walls, I’ve used them on various other surfaces. Also – some graffiti artists swear by them.

      Have fun on your project!

      • Jennifer

        Karen & Tracey,

        Thanks for your replies. Karen, I will check out the brands you’ve mentioned – if it’s good for graffiti, it ought to work for my purposes. 😉

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