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How to draw DISCOLEA

Zentangle pattern: Discolea. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comSwiss CZT Tina Hunziker is back today with her Discolea tangle. Tina’s recent tangle patterns on the site include Yuma and KauriKunda.

For this one Tina was experimenting with the ogee grid and various fills and came up with Discolea. “The name DISCOLEA is a mix from DISCOvery and tangLEAtion.”

Ogee grids can be fun to draw freehand but if you find that too challenging and need a little guidance on getting the shapes to your satisfaction, this TanglePatterns tutorial can help. I stumbled on a technique myself that I shared in the tutorial and there’s a free PDF you can download there too.

You can find more tangles based on the ogee grid by looking for that tag under TANGLES BY TYPE in the left sidebar, or clicking on it in the grey date bar at the bottom of this page just above the comments.

Tina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Discolea here on her blog. The images are very small, so be sure to click on them for the larger downloadable version.

Tina shows several different ways to vary Discolea, including a cool version using the Zentangle-original Flux as a filler. You’ll find that in the lower right side of her steps.

Check out the tag tinah for more of Tina’s tangles on

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5 comments to How to draw DISCOLEA

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, NV, USA

    What a lovely, flowing pattern! Of the 3 examples on Tina’s blog, I find the Renaissance tile just gorgeous!

  • tina akua hunziker

    Dear Linda,
    Thank you for showing DISCOLEA on tanglepatterns.Big surprise.I hope people gonna enjoy the great tangleations which seem endless,’till they flow in an other tangle.

  • Laurel

    Thank you Tina for this lovely addition to our treasure chest of patterns. I had the most enjoyment with the sub-divided variation with concentric lines. Great opportunities for shading.

  • Melena


    I really like this tangle. Once i got the hang of it in my sketch book I did a monotangle on a black tile with a white gel pen. That really makes it POP! Now to add it with some other tangles for a great Zentagle or ZIA.

    Thank you for sharing this with us Tina and Linda.

  • Susie Achter

    Thank you for sharing your tangles. You have a great imagination and your tiles are always beautiful.

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