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How to draw FROST FLOWER

Zentangle pattern: Frost Flower. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comAs we speak, the 20th Zentangle® Certification seminar is transpiring in Providence, RI, and next week the 21st – the last two CZT® training seminars for 2015. Kudos to all of 2015’s new CZTs and welcome to the fold!

Here’s a tangle in honor of the first day of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, or maybe the icy cold crystals on a tall, cold Summer beverage here in the North. Today we add St. Louis‘s Karry Heun’s Frost Flower to our repertoire.

In sending this along Karry wrote that while it’s been some time since she’s shared a tangle, she’s had a very good reason. And she introduced me by photograph to her absolutely adorable third child, Henry. Creativity of a very different sort!

Karry has shared several tangles with us and a couple of them are among my personal favorites, Palrevo and Sand Swirl. Although truly, it’s hard to pick favorites among all the great tangles on the site.

Frost Flower is a good exercise for that whole Zentangle® drawing behind thing. And the tangle enhancer “sparkle” really makes it, well, sparkle! I found it helps to draw the “skeletons” of Step 1 first so you get a nice arrangement. And it is imperative that you turn your tile as you add the strokes to each triangular area – or you’ll end up with a big mess. Well, I did. 😉

Karry illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Frost Flower below. Note that the first step needs a “north-south” stroke to create 8 sections before you proceed to the next step. Although I suppose you could also do them with six.

Zentangle pattern: Frost Flower

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Here’s Karry’s cool ZIA example combining the Zentangle-original Bunzo and Frost Flower.

Zia featuring Frost Flower, by Karry Heun

And here’s her lovely ZIA example combining Narwal and Frost Flower.

Zia featuring Frost Flower and Narwal, by Karry Heun

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14 comments to How to draw FROST FLOWER

  • Beth S

    Frost Flower is a very cool tangle! I love the simplicity! Can’t wait to include Frost Flower in my tiles! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • louise kaye

    can someone give an example and definition of sparkle?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      This is a interesting challenge for you “to occupy your little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot would say, and take time to analyze what you see before you. By carefully looking at Karry’s examples to see how she drew them (and mine, although it’s much smaller), you can figure it out. It’s a sweet “ah-ha!” moment … Give it a go! You’ll discover one of Maria’s favorite techniques to add interest to her Zentangles, and she’s a master at adding sparkle.

  • jan

    Wow! Tangle I love! I can’t wait to do this brown tones.

  • Vera Whiting

    Love Frost Flower- thanks Karry. This is my new favourite. So relaxing and pleasing to do

  • Sayantika

    This particular tangle is absolutely fascinating!! Ideas flow.

    Absolutely brilliant. And I agree with Linda about this one being an interesting challenge “to occupy your little grey cells”! 🙂

    Thanks Karry!

  • Laurel

    I devoted a page of my journal to Frost Flower. It’s enjoyable to draw and I was rewarded with interesting effects. I love the free-flowing intersections created by leaving a tiny clear space between each flower. I used red, blue and brown pens in addition to the black. Thanks Karry!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Love the new pattern and the name of it as well! It sounds ‘magical! Thank you for sharing!

  • Melena

    I love this new tangle Karry! I was thinking it would be great with Phroze and some of the other ice like patterns, especially around the winter holidays. Wait! They’d be perfect to do right now in the heat of the summer. What a wonderful way to cool off!! 😀

  • Jessica

    Absolutely lovely!


    I did bursts of color with ink sprays and then did a series of frost flower on a journal page what fun it was and it really makes me mind my lines..

  • Bunny Wright

    This tangle is downright addictive! I love using it, so much fun. Thanks for another great tangle.

  • Rebecca

    My new favorite tangle!

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