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How to draw STELLA

Zentangle pattern: Stella. 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.The very lovely Stella — “Italian for star” — is the name Boise, Idaho CZT Jana Rogers gave her pretty tangle.

Stella is another one from my way-back archives and it’s very very easy … once you know how! 🙂

Jana previously shared her Fiore tangle with us, a precursor to the Zentangle®-original Well. And another example of what can be done with “the Cadent principle” of linking dots or orbs with take-off and land strokes. Many many tangles belong to the Cadent family.

Jana describes how Stella is constructed,

It starts with an even number of dots arranged in a circle . My step-out has eight [not counting the center dot] but I am including a Zentangle that has 12.

The variations are endless and as always the shading really gives it depth. I call it Stella – Italian for star.

For my example of Stella I went for a bold look as a contrast to Jana’s lovely delicate one. I used her 12-dot version and shortened the shape in Step 4 just a bit to give more prominence to those in Step 5. Finally I added a few embellishing inner auras and orbs and a touch of shading in the center though that got a bit lost in scanning.

Jana illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Stella below featuring the 8-dot version. I think colorful seasonal and sparkled ZIA versions of Stella would be marvelous. And snowflake-like.

Zentangle pattern: Stella, deconstructed by CZT Jana Rogers

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In this monotangle Zentangle tile Jana used the 12-dot version and in the lovely duotangle below she combines Stella with Fiore,

Jana’s duotangle:

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14 comments to How to draw STELLA

  • Wonton

    This is a perfect tangle for the holiday season. I love it!

  • I like this tangle at first sight, lovely!!!

  • Joan

    Nice! It reminds me of a poinsettia flower!

  • Anna Houston

    I saw this tangle elsewhere on the web a few years ago, and it has become one of my favorite stand alone tangles. So many possibilities for enhancements! Very timely, thanks for the reminder!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Anna, as I mentioned Stella is from my way-back archives and Jana had also posted it on her flickr account at that time (2013). If you click on the steps image you’ll find it there too. Glad you enjoyed the reminder!

      • Susan Jaffe

        Beautiful tangles!
        I’m new at tangling since August. Thank you for the gift of drawing! I am an art teacher and my students love the zentangles!
        Happy holidays!

  • Jody Genovese

    Jana this is one of my most favorite patterns! So happy to see it posted here. It’s a true beauty.
    Thanks for creating it!!

  • Len de Graaf

    Great for Christmas…..Thank You!!

  • Karl Reutling

    Oooo! Stella! I will try this right away, I like it!

  • Sharon Wrench

    Beautiful pattern! Love the variations. Thank you for sharing.

  • Fun one for the holidays. Love anything snowflake like! Can’t wait to play with this one.

  • Joyce

    Oh, my! Because of my lifelong issue with my hands not translating properly what my eyes see, my Stella drawing turned out looking like a group of choreographed tadpoles, lol! I’ll have to work at this one so that I can turn out a real star; my sister loves all things red, with poinsettas being one of her favorite plants, so I’d like to use Stella’s poinsettia-like petals as a basis for a pretty drawing for sis.
    Back to the drawing board!! 😀

  • This tangle has become one of my very favorites since I found it here last year! I’ve just finished tangling a couple dozen Bijou tiles from which I made Christmas ornaments (I call them “Dangling Bijous”) and Stella appears on many of them. Thanks, Jana, for a really wonderful tangle!

  • LLS

    As I continue to explore tangles, I am finding some true treasures! This looks like it would be a beautiful tangle to use on Christmas tags and Christmas gift wrap! The star shape blends nicely with the Christmas theme.. . . I do have to be sure to turn my paper to get my star to be even. Stella does mean star in Italian, but I agree that it could also be a poinsettia!

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