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How to draw TRI-BEE

Zentangle pattern: Tri-bee. © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. Republishing or redistributing IN ANY FORM including pinning is prohibited under law without express permission.Friday, the 13th! I’ve never been one to succumb to the “Friday the 13th” superstition that this is an unlucky day. Considering the alternative, any day when the sun comes up is a very lucky day indeed 🙂

CZT Beate Winkler is from the northern Germany city of Hamburg, and Tri-Bee is her first tangle on the site.

As of this writing there are 17 CZTs in Germany and several including Beate have published Zentangle®-related books in German, helping to popularize this art form even further in this country of about 82 million people.

Tri-Bee grows from the inside out similar to tangles like Arc Flower and a little like Alaura, which as Shoshi points out in the comments could also be drawn from the inside out.

Tri-Bee as Beate has drawn it has a random form but the random multi-directional shapes just confused my brain and the results were neither balanced or pretty. So for my version of it I had to impose some order on the “shark tooth” shapes and make them all swirl outwards in the same direction. However as you’ll see in Beate’s examples, Tri-Bee can grow in various directions and result in a variety of shapes, including a holiday-ish pinecone look. It has lots of potential for decorative embellishing as you see here in the example Zentangle tile Beate shares of her Tri-Bee.

Tri-Bee Zentangle by CZT Beate Winkler

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Beate writes, “Tri-Bee has lively ‘one left / one right’ waving Tips. It grows from the inside out and diagonally over the tile.

Beate illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Tri-Bee here on her blog and she includes many very pretty example Zentangle and Bijou tiles of her tangle.

Check out the tag beatew for more of Beate’s tangles on


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