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How to draw 4FUN

Zentangle pattern: 4Fun. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved.Taiwan CZT Mina Hsiao’s simple 4Fun tangle was inspired, she writes, by jigsaw puzzles.

I thought this tangle’s a great one for Hallowe’en week as its amorphic shapes reminded me of Casper the Friendly Ghost. And it is 4Fun, after all!

It is easy to draw and very engaging as you’re creating the curvy amorphous shapes then deciding where to put the solid black rounded shapes of Step 3. This tangle turns out different every time!

Mina says 4Fun is a tangle that provides her with several benefits: Focus, Patience, Pleasure, and “Magical Fun”. Mina describes each:

Benefit 1: focus (step 2)
When I start to draw the second or more irregular circles, each stroke must be along the other and can’t touch on it.
It helps me focus more.

Benefit 2: more patient (step 3)
Add smooth black shapes at prominent areas within the irregular circles.

Benefit 3: lets me feel happy (step 4)
Finally, drawing curves surrounding each black shape from one side to the other side and leaving some space between curve and black block. (Like an aura.)

Benefit 4: magical, it’s fun!

Here are Mina’s step-by-step instructions for drawing 4Fun with a large monotangle example.

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Mina’s lovely Zentangle® tile below also features the Zentangle-original tangle Tripoli. 4Fun is ripe for all kinds of additional tangles in the open spaces as demonstrated here by Mina.

Have (4)Fun!

Check out the tag minah for more of Mina’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

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8 comments to How to draw 4FUN

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

    So simple … and SO effective! I love this tangle, Mina!! 🙂

  • Jaki Ayton

    Just want to let you know how much I look forward to getting a new tangle everyday. I really do appreciate all the work you do. Thanks very much, Jaki A

  • Sharon Wrench

    This looks like a fun carefree pattern. I am anxious to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Loretta

    What a great tangle this is. Perfect for my beginning students. Thanks

  • Harmony B

    I love this so much I’m doing a Zentangle for my mom and this design is so fun.

  • RondaHarris

    my granddaughters love zentangles they for some reason love this one in particular i think its because it reminds them of their uncle who used to have lucid dreams every night LOL

  • AKLeeAnn

    Mina, this is 4Fun! I colored mine in Fall colors: the “ghosts” in a golden yellow, the first aura in micron black as per the stepout, and the second aura in a deep orange. The negative space was left white as per the stepout. Then I added a black orb in the center of each ghost and added a white gelly roll reflection dot in each. I thought it might look a little floral, but to my surprise and delight, my ghosts look now like gingerbread men! Very fun!

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