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How to draw ODDBALZ

Zentangle pattern: Oddbalz. 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.Our super easy Monday tangle named Oddbalz comes to us from Australian and newly-minted CZT Franciose (Frannie) Lip and it’s her first on the site.

Australia now has 37 Certified Zentangle Teachers of the exactly 3,000 CZTs in 40 countries. (For the complete list by Country, visit ZENTANGLES > TEACHING ZENTANGLE > LIST OF CZTS BY COUNTRY on the top menu bar).

Frannie introduces herself,

I live in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up in a little Queensland country town called Wondai … yes, I am a country girl at heart! For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in creating art, and over the years have experimented with different artistic mediums and art forms.

I was introduced to the Zentangle® drawing method in late 2015 when I was dealing with some difficult life lessons. For me, right from the beginning, the simple beauty and process of the Zentangle Method was key. I spent days and weeks alone with my journal and pens … working things through in my head, whilst tangling in my journal. From there, my love for Zentangle just grew and grew, and before I knew it, this amazing global community had opened itself up and welcomed me in … the possibilities were endless. I don’t know where I would be now, had I not discovered Zentangle when I did.

Almost two years later, I am a passionate Zentangle artist; and, having been fortunate enough to make the unforgettable ‘Zentangle pilgrimage’ to Providence, RI, earlier this year, I am also one of Australia’s newest CZTs.

Working in corporate finance during the day, my regular nightly Zentangle practice is my sanctuary and ‘happy place’. I am so profoundly grateful to Rick and Maria for giving us the ‘colour’ of Zentangle, and sincerely thankful for everything it has brought into my life. As Co-founding Partner of ‘AusTangle – Tangle Retreats and Seminars in Australia’, I hope to be able to ‘give back’ by increasing awareness, within the wider Australian community, about the potential health and therapeutic benefits that can be achieved with regular, daily Zentangle practice.

Frannie’s Oddbalz is formed on a “channel grid“, where you first create columns or channels to develop the tangle. These make a nice easy change of pace for completing a section of your Zentangle® tile.

Frannie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Oddbalz below where she also includes two variations out of many possible. Frannie features Oddbalz in a striking and exuberant variation including the Zentangle-originals Knightsbridge and Mooka.

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Worth Repeating: I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who leaves comments on the site.

Though I don’t often reply unless there’s a question to be answered, I am always thankful to each and every one who contributes.

When you see your comment appear, be assured I’m sending you warm hugs of gratitude through the ether! 🙂

A special word of thanks to everyone who has taken time to contribute their thoughts on yesterday’s question: Zentangle Community: When you haven’t been tangling for a while, how do you get started again? Lots of great suggestions there. If you haven’t shared yours yet, please keep them coming!

Check out the tag franniel for more of Frannie’s tangles on

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  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.
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