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How to draw ZINGO

Zentangle pattern: Zingo. 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.Monday greetings to you, I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter weekend and thank you very much indeed for your heartfelt comments on My Easter gifts for you. Please know I treasure each one and am incredibly touched by your love and kindness. So grateful for your wishes and friendship.

Today we have a sweet tangle from CZT Molly Hollibaugh’s daughters Indy (age 7) and Mazzy (age 5). As you may know, Molly is Zentangle® co-founder Maria Thomas’s daughter and she is Product Manager at Zentangle®. Molly’s husband Nick is the originator of the eponymous Hollibaugh tangle that demonstrates the “drawing behind” technique.

Molly writes,

One recent snow day here in New England, I asked my own kids if they wanted to watch the new “Kitchen Table Tangle” video and tangle along with Meme and Ricky. I left them alone as I did some things around the house. They watched it and paused it as they tangled along and then watched it again and again. After they were done, they asked me if I could film them doing a tangle. “Sure,” I said. “Why not?” …

I teach children the same way I teach adults. Maybe we don’t sit as long. Perhaps I use a different analogy here and there, but for the most part, it all stays the same. I teach the same Zentangle Method. And just as in my adult classes, we always start and finish with gratitude and appreciation.

I’m so pleased Molly points out she uses the same approach to teach the Zentangle Method™ to children as she does with adults. All too often Zentangle is needlessly “dumbed down” for children and I see this happening very often in public school Zentangle classes. Children are entirely capable of following the Zentangle Method exactly as adults. Children do not need outlines of animals or whatever to learn how to tangle, and in fact I think this sends a message that some type of “crutch” is needed when it’s not. All they need is their own unlimited imaginations and a blank tile to be fully engaged. My 2 pence. And amply verified by this charming 7 year-old and 5-year-old sisterly duo in their video.

Indy and Mazzy team up to demonstrate the step-by-step instructions for drawing their Zingo tangle in this absolutely delightful KTT (Kitchen Table Tangles) video (7:17).

What a great tangling lesson, young ladies! If only we could each approach our tiles with the same carefree spirit. We too could make “humps like gumdrops”, “aura like a rainbow”, or “like fairy wings”, and shade our tangles with our tortillion “like spreading jelly on a piece of toast”.

Molly’s original post introducing this video is here on the Zentangle blog.

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13 comments to How to draw ZINGO

  • Jody Genovese

    I loved this video the first time I saw it and it is still one of my all time favorites. These two young ladies are following in their mom and meme’s footsteps to becoming amazing teachers.
    Thank you Indy and Mazzy.. Zingo is a huge hit!

  • We have made already a challenge (Diva) with this beautiful tangle, it was love at first sight!
    Thank you for your video and instructions Indy and Mazzy!!!

  • grbev

    “just spread like jam on bread…” I love it. Very creative, Ladies!

  • Simply delightful!Thank you for sharing.

  • Sue Zanker

    Lovely to see Indy and Mazzy doing their thing. When I last saw one of my grand daughters (in another State) we had fun tangling together too, and off her own bat she decided to do a glorious star filled with tangling, which (of course!) now resides on the door of my fridge in the kitchen. Rhiannon was ten at that time. I let her do whatever she wanted, knowing that children love tangling because it is their own imagination made real.

  • Melena

    This is such a wonderful tangle. I loved it the first time I saw it and I’ve played around with it quite a bit. I think it’s going to be one of my favorites. 😀 What fun to see these 2 cute girls showing us how to do this tangle.

  • Kristi

    Oh my goodness! I love everything about this video! The tangle is so cute and I can’t wait to give it a go this morning. Indy and Mazzy, on their way to Tangling stardom! Thanks for sharing Linda.

  • Tracy

    A fun as it is to watch the video of the kids doing this, I would also like to see a stepped out image of this tangle. Unfortunately, they tend to hide the image as they are drawing, making it difficult to follow along.

  • LaJuania Dorman

    Delightful young ladies. They definitely have the lingo down. They’re going to be naturals at teaching Zentangle! They should teach a children’s class under their mother’s supervision!

  • Debbie McPherson

    I wish to thank Linda and all the Tangle artists who so willingly share their talents. I’m trying to sort through all the tangles I’ve filed away while I’m keeping an eye on the students doing virtual learning while at school. Quite a few have shown interest in the Tangles so I share the URL’s with them to take home and share with their families. I hope to find a non-online way to help support your efforts. I don’t trust the Internet world yet so send $ that way. Tangling has helped me deal with boredom at X-walk duties and this Pandemic “child-sitting”. I may even get good at it.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Debbie, delighted you and your students are enjoying the site. If you are consistent about dating your Zentangle art, in a few weeks you will be amazed at how far you’ve progressed. It’s fun to go back and review early efforts and it’s a very satisfying feeling to see evidence of your own growth. It’s an emotional reward. (A good practice to encourage for your students too.)

      As far as supporting the site in an “offline” way, I completely understand. For that reason I include my mailing address on the SUPPORT TANGLEPATTERNS page as well as at the very bottom of every page. You are not alone in preferring the “old fashioned” way and your support truly matters 🙂 THANKS!

  • Toni Ledford

    What started as a frustration, has now become a blessing. Ten people can be in the same class with the same instructor and you get 10 variations of the same design. It’s natural and inevitable.

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