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How to draw ZENJELLIES

Zentangle pattern: Zenjellies. 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.Zenjellies is the latest tangle from novelist and tangler Jenna Black who recently shared her Trisnail with us.

Jenna writes,

I’m still on my tangle-designing kick, and I have a new one inspired by jellyfish.

There are many very beautiful jellyfish in our planet’s oceans and they come in some incredibly beautiful colors. From Wikipedia:

Jellyfish or jellies are softbodied, free-swimming aquatic animals with a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate to acquire propulsion and locomotion. The tentacles may be utilized to capture prey or defend against predators by emitting toxins in a painful sting.

This lovely specimen is from the gallery you’ll find at the Wikipedia link above:

By Fred Hsu (Wikipedia:User:Fredhsu on en.wikipedia) – Photo taken and uploaded by user, CC BY-SA 3.0

About her Zenjellies, Jenna notes:

It’s pretty easy to draw, and I find the radiating lines very Zen.

You can make them any size, vary the shapes, and create all kinds of different embellishments.

I suspect there are even more possibilities when you start adding color to the mix, and I’m definitely looking forward to exploring those options.

Zenjellies is similar in concept to CZT Michele Beauchamp’s Popsicles. For my example of Zenjellies I combined a couple of Jenna’s suggestions and I totally concur with her about the radiating lines.

Jenna illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zenjellies below and she includes a pretty monotangle displaying just a few of the many possible variations of her tangle.

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11 comments to How to draw ZENJELLIES

  • Karl Reutling

    Zenjellies, a great looking pattern, I will try it tomorrow!

  • Not sure I wanted to do this one as reminded me of how bad jellies can sting when you get into a bunch of them as I once did many years ago in Japan on a beach. That aside, the tangle is fun and I will use it I’m sure even if it reminds me of a not so fun day at the beach.

  • Wonton

    Nice work! Definitely gonna play around with this one during my lunch break today!

  • Nancy Pearson

    I really like this. The variations are really pretty with the tiny dots on the lines and the occasional bolder lines and of course the finishing on the edges.Very nice. I enjoyed drawing this. Thank you to Jenna for Zenjellies. And what can I say to you, Linda, except you are amazing and because of your website I have found such enjoyment. Thank you! Nancy

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Many thanks Nancy, your thoughtful words soothe my soul and I’m so SO grateful my efforts bring enjoyment to others, it is a privilege. Thanks to all my dear friends in the Zentangle community for keeping me going with your words of encouragement.

  • Tatia J

    This may well be the pattern that nudges me to pick up my pens again. I love the randomness & movement. It’s been about 2 years since I’ve drawn much of anything.

    Just like many others mentioned in the thread about getting started again, my spouse & I both agree that I stopped after joining a couple of tangling groups on fb & felt totally inadequate.
    This page is not one of them, though. Thank you for all the work you do keeping up with & bringing us new ones to try.

  • Melena

    I’m catching up here finally! I really like this tangle pattern. Not too busy. Looks like it will be relaxing to draw out.

    I too get a little burned out now and then with all the new patterns that keep coming up. I can’t do them all, so now I’m just downloading the ones I really love, like this one. 😀 What’s nice about this though, is that everyone has differences in the ones they like and the ones that are just too much for them. There are some tangles that other people love that I just can’t get. And other ones that I absolutely love using that others have a hard time with. We’re all different, and yet the same.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful website Linda!!

  • Karen

    WOW! Perfect for the end of summer on the East Coast! Love this new tangle pattern!! xoxo

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