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How to draw DICSO

Zentangle pattern: Dicso. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterDicso (not a typo) is a new tangle from Taiwan CZT Mina (Ping-Min) Hsiao, and it’s her first on the site.

This is a great tangle to remind us of one of Zentangle®’s tangle basics. Mina has very cleverly created a continuous-line tangle from the five elemental strokes of a tangle.

Her tangle’s name also represents the strokes in the order given in this quote from Rick and Maria in writing about the characteristics of a tangle:

Usually the number of elemental strokes needed are 3 or less. Often, you only need one or two. By ‘elemental strokes’ we mean a dot, a straight(-ish) line, a curve (like a parenthesis), a reverse curve (like an ‘S’), and an orb or circle.” ~ Zentangle Blog

Mina introduces herself:

My career is a dietitian and I work in a hospital. I live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I am CZT#19.

DICSO is my new pattern. It can be finished by one stroke. I feel it is so easy to draw because just used five elemental strokes (  .   I  C  S  O ).

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Dicso here and shows it in a lovely colored ZIA.

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Here is Mina’s Dicso in a monotangle Zentangle tile.

Dicso monotangle by Mina Hsiao

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A tangle is one (1) single pattern.

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15 comments to How to draw DICSO

  • Diane

    That is really a nice tangle and it will be so easy to remember.

  • Carolyn

    Many thanks for Disco. It made me smile with the bubbly pattern. I feel it’s a happy design.


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

    Ingenious and beautiful, Mina!! I will use your tangle in my next introductory class to illustrate the 5 basic strokes! I also love the name – so clever! Perhaps I will point out that it’s pronounced dick-so to help them remember it. 🙂

  • Noelene

    Very clever Mina and such a pleasant pattern to work with.

  • Sharon Wrench

    Pretty pattern! It adds movement and looks elegant! Thank you for sharing.

  • Sarah

    I love the simplicity of being able to draw this in one continuous stroke. It’s lovely!

  • Nancy Pearson

    Mina- I love your DICSO! Need to be doing housework this morning but had to set my priorities straight and practice my new favorite tangle first! Thank you for your tangle using all of the basic strokes of Zentangle. Clever! Nancy P

  • Jennifer Hohensteiner

    This pattern is a three-for-one pattern. It is beautiful, it is instructional and it is a continuous line pattern (I love continuous line Patterns). And I only just now noticed, reading the comments, that it is Dicso and NOT Disco, ha ha ha. Someone Needs to pay a Little more Attention…

  • Susie Achter

    Very pretty and delicate.

  • Linda Dochter

    This pattern is sheer brilliance. The five elemental steps have been before us all along and here they appear so elegantly in one beautiful pattern called DiCSO.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    CZT Linda Dochter recently sent this to me in an email, a poem written for Dicso. Enjoy!!

    * * *

    Linda – Tanglepatterns seemed to me to be the logical place to send what I think may be the first poem dedicated to a tangle pattern. I wrote it for a student who wanted me to use certain strokes at the expense of others. I find DiCSO by Mina Hsiao such a lovely pattern. Enjoy.
    Linda Dochter, CZT

    A Poem for Tangle DiCSO

    If I only had eyes, how would I hear a symphony?
    If I only had ears, how would I taste the sweetness of honey?
    If I only had taste buds, how would I smell a rose?
    If I only had a nose, how would I feel a cool breeze?
    If I only could only touch, how would I see a sunset?

    So it is with the five basic strokes of Zentangle.
    All simple, all lovely, all necessary.
    A dot, a line, a C, an S, an orb – DiCSO.

  • Jennifer

    As much fun to tangle as it is to say! Dances right off my pen like Antidots and other continuous-line tangles. And they play well together: be it swirling around or filling a space!

  • Ela Rieger

    I used this tangle today im my daily tile and I knew from the first minute on, I will do it again and again. That is a wonderful pattern.

  • Julie Lewendon

    Yes I love this fun pattern. Thank you for posting.

  • Thanks, this is so great. Be a wonderful teaching tool too!

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