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How to draw TOODLES

Zentangle pattern: Toodles. 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.Zentangle HQ’s “Twelve Days of Zentangle” for 2017 began on Monday, December 11th and continues through this Friday (22nd).

Toodles is one of two new Zentangle-original tangles introduced during this annual event. Rumpus was introduced here.

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.

Not to be left out since Rumpus was named by her sister Indiana, Toodles was named by Molly’s daughter Mazzie (Rick and Maria’s granddaughter). Toodles is the nickname Mazzie’s father calls her.

Maria illustrates how to tangle Toodles in this video and shows a variety of pretty configurations and combinations for us to explore.

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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 in June 2011. 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 early in 2011, and introduces Rumpus with Maria and Rick. The new tangle enhancer enhatching is introduced.
  • Day Four – revisits the introduction of the Zentangle Apprentice tiles in July 2012, Rick tangles Diva Dance. Rick and Maria introduce the term sproing into our Zentangle lexicon.
  • Day Five – revisits the introduction of the Black Zendala tiles in May 2013. Includes two videos: in Part 1 (7:02) Molly demonstrates how to prepare a black and a white Zendala tile for the next step. In Part 2 (15:09) Maria tangles the tiles using “Kissing Mookas“.
  • Day Six – revisits the introduction of the Renaissance Tan tiles in November 2013 and introduces Toodles with Maria and Rick.
  • Day Seven – revisits the introduction of the Renaissance Tan Zendala tiles in May 2014. Maria demonstrates how using Betweed-like interwoven auras within each section of a pre-strung Zendala tile creates a lovely pattern of its own.
  • Day Eight – revisits the introduction of Bijou tiles in August of 2014. Maria shares a tip for rejuvenating the tip of a tortillion then she creates a “Bijou Crown” featuring Noom.

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.
  7. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  8. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
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9 comments to How to draw TOODLES

  • I really like your example of Toodles Linda – that extra dark rounding is lovely. I’m still getting the hang of this tangle, mine lack elegance and are coming out a bit deformed at the moment!

  • I’m very fond of this pattern,uncomplicated but very beautiful with many possibilities!!!

  • Dessie Arnold

    Wow! This one just blows me away! I can’t wait to try it. So beautiful, and so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing this lovely new Zentangle-original tangle with us. Although I love having a visible step-out for new tangles, it is so much fun to watch Rick and Maria draw. Inspiring, and enlightening! Thanks again for all you do, Linda!

  • Maria Ruiz Del pilar

    Beautiful patterns of your Toodles, very simple and easy to do but so elegant. You are so talented and so is Rick. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  • Joyce

    Well, as is usual for me, I got things backward, but it still came out looking (more or less) like “Toodles,” lol. Happily, though, another good thing came out of this; I was having problems getting the roof (cap) of a mushroom house drawn properly–but when I drew the large downward curves of Toodles, I realized I also had the roof of my mushroom houses! I learned two new things today 😀

  • Meldra Driscoll

    Wonderful new tangle! I can see that it’s going to be one of my “go to” tangles in the future! It’s easy and beautiful at the same time!

  • Karen Lloyd

    This is a beautiful tangle. I love this Toodles. I like drawing curvy lines, and this one has so many ways it can go. I can see I will use it a lot. And it is so easy to draw. Thanks so much!

  • keetje

    Wow. Totally love this one. Gonna try it soon.

  • Holly

    So pretty! Can’t wait to try this one. Thank you!

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