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How to draw TENTY

Zentangle pattern: Tenty. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comToday’s sweet Tenty tangle is from Natalie Lam, or Talie as she goes by. This is her first tangle pattern on the site and she’s from Hong Kong.

Did you know that Hong Kong means “Fragrant Harbour“? Me either. “Hong Kong is well known for its expansive skyline, deep natural harbour and extreme population density (some seven million inhabitants over a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi)). The current population of Hong Kong comprises 93.6% ethnic Chinese.”

As a size comparison one of the smallest states in the USA, Rhode Island, with population of about one million has a land mass of 1,544.89 sq mi (4,001 km2) which by my math and a calculator (thanks Hon!) is about three and a half times bigger than Hong Kong! Hong Kong now has more than 10 CZTs including Fina Man, who (if I’m not mistaken) attended the very first certification seminar in February 2009.

Returning to business … I thought it was time for a border or ribbon-type tangle and Tenty fits the bill well.

Talie tells us about herself and how her Tenty tangle came about,

I am Natalie Lam (nickname Talie), an undergraduate from Hong Kong. I am new to Zentangle, but I’m glad that I learnt much from your website. It is really useful and inspiring! Thank you! 🙂

This pattern was initially inspired by basic triangles and the bracket {  }. But later on when it was finished, I found it looks like many tents together. This is really interesting to me!

The very first time I saw the term ‘Zentangle®’ was on a book cover in a HK book store. But I did not go through the book. Luckily, when I was seeking a way to relax and refresh myself when I was stressed out, the word ‘Zentangle’ popped up into my mind. And this is the beginning of my Zentangle life!

It is very nice to meet new friends and learn and practice new patterns via I really enjoy myself when I am tangling.

As students are well aware there are loads of pressures to deal with and Zentangle is the perfect way to unwind and relax. Meeting new friends from around the world never gets old for me and I’m very grateful for this wonderful art form that brings us all together.

Talie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing her Tenty tangle here and she shows us a couple of ways to draw her tangle. Talie’s Zentangle wanders delightfully out of the box and includes the Zentangle-original Jetties.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner. Click the image for an article explaining copyright in plain English.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing pattern deconstructions in any form is prohibited under law without express permission of the copyright owner. Click the image for an article explaining copyright in plain English.

Check out the tag taliel for more of Talie’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. 🙂

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5 comments to How to draw TENTY

  • Darlene Jansen

    Linda, What an absolutely wonderful website! Lately I have a problem. When I get your newsletter, I click on the tangle of the day (tenty) and then click on it again to make it larger. What comes up is If I am trying to enlarge an older tangle, the same thing, only sometimes, happens with different websites coming up. Am I doing something wrong? I don’t think I am doing anything differently but some tangles are so intricate or small that I need the enlargement. Thanks for everything you do.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Darlene,
      Many thanks for your compliments, most appreciated.
      You aren’t doing anything wrong. I link the images to various articles in an effort to raise awareness among artists on matters they should know about, particularly respecting the property of others on the internet and doing the right thing when it comes to honoring copyright law.
      As far as enlarging images, there are easy ways of accomplishing this in any Windows or Mac program. I discovered this myself some time ago and shared it here:
      On Windows you hold down the CTRL key and scroll your mouse wheel or use CTRL ++. CTRL 0 resets the window. You can locate these shortcuts on the View menu of your browser.
      These standard keyboard shortcuts work in most programs.
      Hope that helps!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Very pretty design. I am anxious to give it a try! Thank you for sharing.

  • Tracy McDonald

    Lovely way to use brackets! Lovely ribbon.

  • Jayne

    So Pretty Thank you for sharing

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