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How to draw DEWD

Zentangle pattern: Dewd. 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.Happy Monday, everyone …

I’ve got a long “meaty” post for you today with a brand new tangle from Maria Thomas and a whole bunch (nine!) of instructional videos from Zentangle HQ to check out.

So get a cup of tea or coffee ready and … enjoy 🙂

Dewd is the latest Zentangle®-original tangle and it’s just been released to the public in the second of the nine Project Pack #1 videos contained in their latest newsletter.

Project Packs are a new product available from Zentangle. They are a 6″ x 6″ kraft envelope containing the items needed to complete the Project (except a regular graphite pencil). As I understand it, in future the videos will be available for a fee (as yet unannounced). This introductory series of videos is being made free to the public to give us a taste of what is to come.

Project Pack #1 ($19.95) is described on

Introducing a new fun ‘project’ from Zentangle HQ. Zentangle Project Packs are a curated collection of supplies that pair up with an online video tutorial, or series of tutorials, all on the same theme. These packs are numbered and made available for purchase for a limited time prior to the release of each video in the series. Enjoy fun new Zentangle tools as you tangle along with Rick, Maria and others from Zentangle HQ.

Our first Project Pack is a celebration of the newly released white gel pens from our friends at Sakura, along with a surprise of other tangling tools and tiles to use along with us in the first Project Pack tutorials.

Warming Up

In this first video (15:59) in the Project Pack #1 series, CZT Molly Hollibaugh demonstrates a warm up tile using Sakura White Gelly Roll pens (05, 08 and 10) on black tiles.

Sakura’s Gelly Roll® Classic white pens are the perfect tool for working on both our black and Renaissance Zentangle tiles or even for use in layers over black ink on our white tiles.

Molly begins by drawing a spiral string with white charcoal pencil on the black tile, then doing a test run of the pens on the back of the tile. This is very helpful in getting accustomed to the white ink and how the pens perform on the black tiles. And it’s a good tip for getting your pen going and your hand warmed up any time you’re beginning to tangle.

Tangling Dewd

In this second video (7:54) in the series, Zentangle co-founder Maria Thomas (and Molly’s Mom) illustrates the step-by-step instructions for tangling the cool new Dewd tangle. Maria is accompanied by Rick as color commentator (for us sports fans) and Molly who “lends a hand” to hold Maria’s tile in place. Thus two right hands in the video. Maria broke her left wrist a little while ago and her arm is still in a cast.

Maria notes, “I had a good time designing this, I haven’t come up with a new one in a while.Dewd was named by Maria’s daughter Martha, “because she thought it looked like dew on the morning grass so we went with that, dew drops“, Dewd.

This Fescu-like tangle with auras is so much fun to watch grow under your pen. Maria demonstrates Dewd using the large #10 White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen on a black Zentangle tile.

You can find the remaining seven videos from Project Pack #1 on their respective pages on TanglePatterns, be sure to check them out:

  1. Bales (Part 1 – 7:29; Part 2 – 5:13)
  2. Striping (10:45)
  3. Crescent Moon (13:59)
  4. Paradox (12:57)
  5. Pokeleaf (8:20)
  6. Crazy Huggins (28:14)

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  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.
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17 comments to How to draw DEWD

  • Carmen

    I was under the impression that these were for CZT’s only……

  • Linda Dochter, CZT

    Linda –

    You’ve done it once again. Cool tangle.

    When you publish a video “stepout”, would it also be possible to include a link to the printed stepout? The first is a great 7 to 10 minute tutorial but the second is a more quickly available summary for future reference. Thanks for the consideration.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Linda, as you know we CZTs are specifically asked not to publish “how to’s” for any “official” tangles before Zentangle HQ has done so. Thus when Zentangle HQ publishes their steps either on their blog or in their newsletter, then I will add a link to them. So far Dewd has only been released to the public in this video format.
      However, CZTs did receive receive the regular form of steps for Dewd in our CZT newsletter on November 8th in order to prepare us for teaching this tangle. Check your spam/trash folders in case your newsletter ended up there. Cheers and thanks!

  • Sarah Boblit

    Linda, I never feel comfortable with videos. I like the printed step outs. They seem to hit my old brain better. My point is I wish Rick and Maria would do the step outs too for slowpokes like me. Done whining. I do just love your site. Thanks so much for all your hard work.
    Sarah Boblit

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Sarah, I have no doubt R&M will post the “real” steps at some point and I’ll link to them when they do. They are a real timesaver, as much as I enjoy watching the videos you can’t beat the individual steps for reference. Thanks for your lovely compliment!

  • Karla Bates

    Linda, I just love this new tangle! Are the project packs still available for purchase? It looks like something that interests me. I learned about Zentangle from my first case manager. I am mentally ill and she thought this would be good for me. Keep up the good work, y’all! And I’ll keep tangling.

  • Sue Zanker

    Much as I enjoy watching the videos, I still “need” the stepouts on paper!
    I am a slow but steady worker, and videos just go too fast for me, especially if I am having a brain fog day, and I have to do the stop/start thing, which drives me crazy… I am going to wait until Dewd appears on paper….I am fairly big and patience as well, so I don’t mind tooo much!LOL

  • Julie Lewendon

    Fab tangle. This tangle will sure give me many hours of sheer bliss. Thank you all for your hard work, hope the hand heals soon.

  • LadyD

    The videos are fun to watch, but printed steps are easier for me to follow. I hope the printable steps to the tangles recently published in video format will be available soon.

  • Adrienne Carvell

    Enjoy the videos. Thank for introducing me to such an enjoyable craft.

  • Martha

    Thanks! I really like Dewd! I always love the sort of “organic” tangles. Guess I’m a botanical artist at heart.

  • Sher Fisher

    Hello Linda,

    Thank you for the videos. I enjoy watching the zen like pacing and speaking as the tangles emerge on the page. I feel like I m not tangling alone and all of this really inspires me to get tangling again. I like the combination of step outs and videos. Thank you for everything you do!

  • Donna

    Do you know whether they have they posted a step-out for dewd yet?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      No, they have not been published yet. As noted above, as with any/all of their tangles when Zentangle HQ publishes the steps instructions I will add the link to the site.

      Until then enjoy the videos, they are easy to follow and you can always pause or slow down the viewing speed using the Settings (gear) icon. Hope that helps!

  • Donna

    Thanks, Linda. As much as I hate having watch videos, I was hoping I had somehow overlooked where you’d put it up. But no. Alas!

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