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How to draw HITCHED

Zentangle pattern: HitchedHitched is a tangle that comes to us from HeidiSue Whitney of Salt Lake City Utah, by way of CZT Laura Harms’s weekly challenge. Hitched is HeidiSue’s first tangle pattern on the site.

This is a good time to mention that with the enormous growth in popularity of Zentangle®, it’s getting harder to keep up with all the new tanglers and their blogs. So if you have a blog (and even if you don’t) and have deconstructed a pattern that meets the qualifications of a tangle (see the ZENTANGLES > A PATTERN IS NOT ALWAYS A TANGLE page on the main menu at the top of the page), you are welcome to send me an email with the link to your pattern for consideration. There’s more information about submitting patterns along with my email address on the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the main menu.

HeidiSue and fellow tangler David Hunter have recently started a monthly tangle group in Salt Lake City and this coming Sunday is their first meeting of the year; they meet on the second Sunday of the month. So if you’re in that area check out this link. Be sure to tell them I sent you 🙂 {If you’d like to take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher to ground yourself in the basics of the Zentangle Method first, contact CZT Marie English.}

HeidiSue has an interesting day job, she writes that her occupation is “captioning phone conversations for the hard of hearing“. You can read more about Heidi here.

Hitched immediately transported me back to 2010 and reminded me of Livia Chua’s beautiful Jeewels tangle, however the two are drawn quite differently. And both are adaptable for lots of variations.

HeidiSue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hitched here on her blog and explains how its name came about. Her steps image is a little blurry but I think you can get the idea and she has also written out the steps. If you’d like to see what other tanglers have done with Hitched, visit Laura’s Challenge #199 page and scroll down to the bottom for the links.

Check out the tag heidisuew for more of HeidiSue’s tangles on


Tangle or Zentangle?

Often Zentangle newbies describe their drawings containing several patterns as "a tangle". Or conversely, refer to a tangle as "a Zentangle". Not so.

A tangle is one (1) single pattern.

As described on, "In its verb form 'tangle' means to draw a tangle. You tangle a tangle, and in that process create Zentangle art."

A Zentangle is the finished art on a tile containing one or more tangles. A Zentangle containing just one tangle is called a monotangle.

And while we're on the subject of using this wonderful art form's terminology correctly, as for "Zentangling" or "Zentangled" the terms to use are tangling or tangled. 🙂

Learn more by visiting the ZENTANGLES > ZENTANGLE TERMINOLOGY page on the top menu bar of any page.



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