How to sign up for a free subscription - never miss a tangle!
What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


All contents of this website are Copyright © 2010 - 2023 Linda Farmer,, and artists where named. Copying content in any form other than for your own personal offline reference and inspiration is expressly prohibited. No content may be reproduced, pinned or republished without express written permission. This work is not allowed to be used in training AI systems. Commercial use of any content is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Artists for Respect
Your support helps keep TanglePatterns available!


Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings: simply pop in any number in the range of 1 to 250.


How to draw HEXASTAR

Zentangle pattern: Hexastar. 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.Today’s easy tangle, Hexastar, is from Canadian tangler Rosemary Turpin and it’s her second tangle on the site.

When I first saw Hexastar I thought it was Beth Snoderly’s Tips but on further examination, it’s not! 🙂

Rosemary writes,

This idea just turned up on one of my tiles sometime around last July and I liked it, but thought it might be too simple or too much like something else. But then a couple of friends admired it when I used it recently – one said it made her think. 

I called it Hexastar because it’s sort of magic in a way – although one starts with diamonds, a six-pointed star pattern emerges.

Hexastar starts with a diamond grid and proceeds simply with just two more steps from there. I don’t think we’ve had a diamond grid-based tangle in a while and they are always fun to draw.

In Rosemary’s notes she suggests, “try to make a continuous line between the pie shapes” of Step 3. Another way of drawing Hexastar is to make the continuous line of Step 3 before you do the pie shapes of Step 2. As you draw the continuous line, aim for the half way point in the grid. Then you can fill in the pies after that.

Rosemary illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hexastar below. Her Zentangle® tiles show Hexastar together with several Zentangle®-original tangles.

Image copyright the artist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate the tangles from this site in your Zentangles and ZIAs, or link back to any page. However the artists and reserve all rights to these images and they should not be pinned, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours.

Check out the tag rosemaryt for more of Rosemary’s tangles on

Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. How to use the site — an excellent free video tutorial showing how to use the site as well as pointing out lots of useful features you might have missed.
  5. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  6. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
  9. Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!
  10. Never miss a tangle! FREE eMAIL NEWSLETTER - visit the SUBSCRIBE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site and sign up to get notices delivered free to your inbox.


Free Download: How to draw four basic grids (reticula) for your Zentangles

Like some help drawing grids? (In the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1, Zentangle HQ is now referring to grids as reticula and give 30 examples.)

Here is a free TanglePatterns PDF download showing how to ink a basic Freehand Squared Grid, Freehand Diamond-Shaped Grid with a Triangle variation, and a Freehand Ogee-Shaped Grid.

You can always locate this tutorial again by visiting the TUTORIALS tab on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar.



Enhance your Zentangle experience while supporting TanglePatterns:

CURRENT EDITION! TANGLE GUIDE, 2024 Edition TANGLE GUIDE, 2024 Edition The 13th Edition of the TANGLE GUIDE is an instant-download 109-page interactive digital eBook/PDF containing approximately 2,000 tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2023. It's a great resource and a must-have digital tool for using the site. Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page and help keep going by getting your copy now!

"Linda, Thank you! I was relying on too few and getting stuck after 3 years of daily working with Zentangle. This has inspired me to ‘begin again’ with renewed excitement." ~ Barbara R.

See the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page. Note: this is a digital product you download immediately when you place your order, nothing will be physically mailed to you.
GIFT ORDERS FOR ANOTHER PERSON: To give the TANGLE GUIDE as a gift, visit this page to place your gift order.
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1 This is the only Zentangle book you'll ever need: the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®. Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
NEW! Now available in KINDLE format for $9.99. Spanish Edition here. Japanese Edition here.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H



7 comments to How to draw HEXASTAR

  • Paulette Mattingly

    Nice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tonya Blankenship

    I like it because it reminds me of bow-ties. In response to Rosemary’s comment about her hesitance to submit it due to its simplicity, I find that my favourite finished Zentangles consist of a combination of complex and simple patterns. I can’t wait to incorporate this into a piece.

  • bernath


  • Barb Masinton

    I love this pattern. I immediately made mine “tubular” (would post a picture if I could cause it worked beautifully!!). Now I’m going for a Hexastar beach ball! Thanks!

  • Thank you all for your kind comments! Barb, I wish I knew what you mean by tubular = maybe just a long row of Hexastar? The beach ball sounds like you are going to make the pattern look round somehow, which sounds like fun!

    • Barb Masinton

      Hi Rosemary! Hexastar works beautifully in-the-round! I tried to find good grid direction and then wrapped the pattern around a tube or pipe shape then shaded like crazy to give dimension. The beachball effect was similar, where I laid the grid over a circle, inked in the pattern and shaded the circle like a ball. It was fun! Hexastar worked beautifully for both approaches.

  • Nordzin Pamo

    I’m not usually a big fan of grid pattern zentangles. They are often too fussy for my style of appreciation. This one, however, is delightful in its elegant lines and simplicity. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.