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How to draw RUMPUS

Zentangle pattern: Rumpus. 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.Rumpus is the newest and very lovely official tangle created by Zentangle co-founder Maria Thomas.

Rumpus was released earlier this week as part of Zentangle HQ’s “Twelve Days of Zentangle” event.

While “rumpus” is defined as a noisy commotion or an uproar, this graceful Rumpus is anything but.

“Twelve Days of Zentangle” for 2017 began on Monday and Rumpus is the first of two new Zentangle-original tangles being introduced during this annual event.

Rick and Maria write,

The 12 Days of Zentangle has become an annual tangling tradition for us that playfully uses a familiar holiday song to lead us through twelve consecutive days of tangling together.

This year’s theme will be a stroll down Zentangle memory lane. Each day in the series we will revisit moments in Zentangle history as we reminisce about the tiles, the tangles, and the techniques of the past while creating things completely new.

Rumpus was named by Molly’s daughter Indiana (Rick and Maria’s granddaughter). Indiana like the sound of the word and she thought the next tangle should have this name.

The video featuring Rumpus was included in Day 3 of the event remembering the introduction of Zendala tiles.

As more people around the world practiced the Zentangle Method, we noticed a marriage between the form of traditional Mandala art and Zentangle patterns.

This lovely combination inspired us to investigate further. A circular canvas is a perfect fit for the Zentangle concept of no up or down. It also nurtures the practice of turning your tile as you work.

And thus the introduction of the lovely circular Zendala tiles.

In this video Maria demonstrates how to draw Rumpus and at 8:00 she introduces another tangle enhancing technique which they’ve named enthatching.

Supplies for this video:

  • a white Zendala tile
  • a black Micron PN pen
  • a brown Micron 01
  • graphite pen
  • tortillion

As much as I enjoy watching Maria tangle, for those of us including me who prefer printable instructions for reference, when the step-by-step illustration is published by Zentangle HQ I will add the link to this page.

Twelve Days of Zentangle

Following are the links to the Zentangle blog with commentary about the history involved and the video demonstration.

These “Twelve Days of Zentangle” videos are also included on each of the relevant tangle pages on TanglePatterns.

  • Day One – revisits the beginning of Zentangle and the introduction of the original Zentangle white tiles. Rick, Maria, Molly, and Molly’s husband Nick Hollibaugh take turns tangling together on a single tile. They use old familiar tangles with the goal of doing something new and unexpected with them. Tangles used are: Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Printemps, Florz and Bales.
  • Day Two – revisits the introduction of black Zentangle tiles. Includes two videos by CZT Molly Hollibaugh. In Part 1 (13:17) she tangles a black tile with Tipple and Flux. In Part 2 (25:03) she tangles a white tile with Pokeleaf, Pokeroot, and Tripoli. Molly finishes by assembling both tiles together into a 3-dimensional objet d’art  😉
  • Day Three – revisits the introduction of Zendala tiles and today’s Rumpus tangle with Maria and Rick. The new tangle enhancer enhatching is introduced.
  • Day Four – revisits the introduction of the Zentangle Apprentice tiles, Rick tangles Diva Dance. Rick and Maria introduce the term sproing into our Zentangle lexicon.


UPDATE March 25, 2023 – Project Pack #20. As part of the Blossoming Tangles project pack, Julie Willand tangles Rumpus with Arukas and Tipple in this video:


Check out the tag zentangle for more Zentangle-original (aka “official”) tangles on

To learn about the origins of the original The Twelve Days of Christmas song visit this page on Wikipedia.

XRF 12days

By Xavier Romero-Frias (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  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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2 comments to How to draw RUMPUS

  • Joyce

    What a gorgeous tangle!! I look forward to practicing this one until I have it where I want it, and I particularly like the “enthatching” technique. I’ve been doing something along that line occasionally, not wanting to employ graphite on all my tangles, so I’m very glad to see it properly executed so I can learn how to do it correctly.

    Love it when I get to learn something new that is also beautiful 🙂

  • Bettina

    Thank you for doing what you do so perfectly, dear Linda, and special thanks for the link to Wikipedia and the lovely pictures by Xavier Romero-Frias.

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