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How to draw SPOKEN

Zentangle pattern: Spoken. 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.Spoken is the latest new Zentangle®-original (aka “official”) tangle released “into the wild” by Zentangle HQ.

It was introduced at the 26th and 27th certification seminars in April 2017, and now is available for all to enjoy.

Spoken has actually appeared three times publicly before its introduction to the CZTs in April. It makes its first appearance in 2013 in the Zentangle blog where Maria refers to it as “unspoken”. Spoken appears again in The Book of Zentangle on page 76, and then again last year (2016) in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 on page 135 but isn’t identified in the index or named. When introduced at the recent CZT seminars it was officially named Spoken.

Maria writes, “it riffs off of the wheel of a bicycle“.

As always, Maria does a masterful job of making Spoken interesting with swirling, whirling examples both with straight and curved lines. She illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Spoken here in the latest newsletter where you can also study various ways to play with this tangle.

This issue of the Zentangle newsletter also includes a link to a cool video (8:19) where salt “dances” to sound and creates various patterns. The video is very loud and often very high pitched, so highly recommended to turn down your volume first unless you’re hard of hearing. The video notes warn that it could cause hearing damage, so buyer beware! I’ve also included the video below.


UPDATE July 20, 2020 – Project Pack #10. As part of The Legend of Zentangle project pack series, Rick tangles Spoken at 00:22 in this video.


UPDATE December 20, 2021 – Project Pack #16. As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle – Keeping Score project pack, Martha tangles Spoken at 14:34 in this video.


UPDATE March 13, 2022 – Project Pack #17. As part of the The Kaleidoscope of Our Lives project pack, Martha tangles Spoken at 11:30 in this video:


UPDATE May 29, 2024 – As part of Zentangle’s 21-Day project honoring Mental Health Awareness Month this year, on Day 20 Rick tangles Spoken in this video.


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6 comments to How to draw SPOKEN

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Oopsie, the first link I posted didn’t go where it was supposed to. It’s been fixed now, apologies for the confusion …

  • Joyce Blodgett

    This is a fun one to draw; reminds me very much of “Hollibaugh,” which tangle pattern I enjoy very much. I especially like Maria’s last version printed in the newsletter, where she used Mooka as the spokes; I like Mooka so much, but always have a problem getting it to look as good as she does, so I enjoy seeing that beautiful tangle used when someone does such a beautiful job of it 🙂

  • Dessie Arnold

    I am a little confused by the SPOKEN step-out and want to be sure I understand it. After you draw the initial spokes (the ones that don’t overlap – steps 1 through 6), are steps 7 and 8 basically continuing the initial spokes after the tangent point where they touch the hub? If so, then you will always have an even number of spokes. It looks like while some of the continuations are straight, others are slightly bent, which gives an interesting feel to it.

    Thank you!

  • Bunny Wright

    Another winner! Easy and fun to do. Thanks to Maria and to you Linda, for all the work you do to keep this site going.

  • Christine Houde

    What an amazing treasure this website is, plus the newsletter! I am awed by your generosity of spirit!

  • Tracy McDonald

    All So cool!

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