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How to draw SNAFOOZLE

Zentangle pattern: Snafoozle. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comSnafoozle is from CZT Sandy Hunter who has several very popular tangles on the site — do the names Cruffle and Puffle ring any bells? She also helped us out with an old cookie decorating trick for drawing a grid with her steps for Veezley.

Sandy shows us how to draw Snafoozle in an overall design and the simpler border or ribbon version I’ve used for my example here. Snafoozle was originally inspired by this design on a box she received as a gift from her Mom.

Inspiration for Snafoozle

Sandy’s inspiration for Snafoozle

Sandy writes,

It’s so true that the more I tangle, the more I see the potential in patterns all around me. I catch myself mentally deconstructing them (whether I want to or not) to figure out if they can be broken down into simple steps without too much effort.

That’s the trademark of a good tangle pattern.

If it’s a nonrepresentational pattern – and it can be repeated easily and consistently in a limited number of steps – it’s a winner.

Exceedingly well put.

Snafoozle is very reminiscent of decorative or tole painting’s comma brush strokes and there are many pretty effects that can be achieved with that simple stroke.

For the overall pattern version, Sandy suggests we think of it as similar to the Zentangle®-original Tripoli because the shapes fit together in triangle-like fashion — this will make all kinds of sense to you when you see her overall design version. Frankly, I have problems getting my head around both so that’s why I chose the simpler version for my example. But you can bet I’ll keep at the overall version until I can draw it to my own satisfaction.

Sandy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Snafoozle here on her blog and she entertains with several cool variations. Again, I remind you to admire her gorgeous Mooka page background.

Check out the tag sandyh for more of Sandy’s tangles on

BTW if you’re interested in decorative painting, I have most of Jackie Shaw’s excellent books and recommend them. I’m not sure they’re still in print but some of them are quite inexpensive on Amazon.

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4 comments to How to draw SNAFOOZLE

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII

    Sandy, this is my favorite kind of tangle … simple, graceful and infinitely variable! I look forward to making friends with it. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • jacqueline

    i can’t thank you enough for this website and all the instructions, and patience of those who share their tangles. i grew up being told i couldn’t draw. i channeled my creativity into other ways, but always felt bad that i “couldn’t” draw. but since i found tangling i have miraculously been able to draw!!! who would have thought??!! and i’m having so much fun. thank you thank you thank you

  • Debi

    I just discovered this tangle and really like it. Thanks for sharing and for the instructions in your step-out.

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