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How to draw 96X

Zentangle pattern: 96X. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.This weekend and next mark the start of the last two CZT training seminars for 2016 taking place in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Meanwhile here in the TanglePatterns nation, Taiwan CZT Mina Hsiao of Seminar 19’s class is back today with another tangle she’s named 96X.

This tangle was inspired by some gilded wrought iron work Mina spotted while traveling and she took a photo so she could deconstruct the pattern later.


Photo © CZT Mina Hsiao, her inspiration for 96X.

Mina’s grid-based tangle’s name comes loosely from the shapes with which it is constructed: a 9, a 6 and an X.

Mina illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing 96X below.

How to draw 96X by CZT Mina Hsiao

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Here in two lovely monotangles Mina shows several ways 96X can easily be varied by simply adding auras and/or weight to some strokes or varying the graphite fills.


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20 comments to How to draw 96X

  • What a beautiful, graceful tangle, Mina! I look forward to learning it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Ginette Martin

    Thank you for your wonderful work !

  • Joyce

    This is a really beautiful tangle, and I plan to use it as a border for a greeting to one friend, if I may do so. It won’t be used commercially, nor for more than this one card, that is.

  • Iris

    Love it! Thanks.

  • Hilary Gibbons

    I’ve just tried this lovely design and might I make a cheeky suggestion? I found that drawing the diamond shapes along the crossed line before putting the scrolls in much easier for me to get an even design. Might just be this old lady though 🙂

  • Bobbi Walker

    Dear Linda, I have just joined your site today. This 96x design looks awesome. I am about to go try it on one of my Art Cards. I also like to incorporate my “tangles” in my greeting cards and it really adds that personal touch to them. Thank you for this design and I am sure it will be fun to draw. I’m very excited to have discovered your site.
    Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. Bobbi

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Welcome Bobbi, great to have you on board. When you explore the TUTORIALS tab on the alphabetic tangle menu bar, you’ll find one or two tutorials related to greeting cards that might be of interest. And lots of other great stuff too 😉

      • Bobbi Walker

        Thank you so much Linda …. I will do that. I just made the 96x – I only made one, not a row of them. I did it on a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 art card. I think it was more difficult making it that big compared to doing it in 3’s. The difficulty being in getting the lines lined up right; I’m sure you know what I mean. The one I just made will be my example. I look forward to making “a chain” of them soon.

  • Paula Commander

    On, this is beautiful! Thank you so much. Looking forward to trying it out.


  • Thanks a lot for sharing! The tangle is really beautiful!

  • Christine Schoonover

    Dear Linda
    I joined back in April but today is really the first day that I have been able to study your ebook. Being an educator who constantly goes to school has deterred my Zentangle experience but I am finished with degrees and am ready to move forward! I might add that my very good friend who introduced me to tangling is attending the Rhode Island seminar this weekend. I’m beyond excited for her. Now…I’m going to play with 96x. Happy tangling to all….

  • Deanna

    I love this tangle. Thank you so much. I think I have found my new FAVORITE!

  • Dee Mathis

    I love easy and not-many-steps tangles, and this is such a beautiful tangle that at a glance, looked complicated. Thanks for sharing!

  • A really nice new pattern, I like it and surely I’m gonna use it

  • Beryl Prusinoski

    Very nice, thank you. Delicate and simple.

  • Donna

    Revisiting this lovely tangle today, I am really struck by the white on black pattern in the background of the inspiration picture. I’d love to have a stepout for that one. I don’t know that I can see it well enough to deconstruct it myself, but I’m going to try.

    I love your web site, Linda. I never know where it is going to take me.

  • Debi Davis

    This is a beautiful tangle. I can see why you would have noticed and photographed the railing. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth

    I truly enjoyed drawing this tangle. Thank you for sharing this one with us!

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