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How to draw HEXA

Zentangle pattern: Hexa. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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.Today’s Hexa tangle is from Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen who recently enjoyed some vacation time in Switzerland.

While there Ria was on the lookout for tangles and though that didn’t quite pan out, no doubt it made for an interesting time studying her surroundings and observing all the detail one wouldn’t necessarily notice.

On her return, Ria found herself deconstructing today’s Hexa tangle.

After a short break, it is nice to be back home and go on with the daily life, and that means for me: spending a lot of time on tangling!

In Switzerland I have seen a lot of tangles, painted on the walls of the houses and I hoped to find inspiration to create a new one but unfortunately they all existed already. So I searched on other places.

And again, I ended in Art Deco and I was attracted to this picture immediately.


I started to draw but it came out in a totally different way.

Very important is to draw the little hexagons equally on the same height. After that, you can connect them with two strokes.

Next step is to form the squares. To make it easier, I put dots (Step 4). Start with the outer one and you will discover how nice you can draw the inner one (Step 6).

I have made the basic form and three variations but I think a lot more are possible. The squares can also be filled with already existing tangles.

Another option is to draw a pattern behind Hexa and that is what I did in my composition with Nik, Msst, Safflower and Dewd.

For my example of Hexa I inked in the parallel lines and it turned out a little darker overall than Ria’s pretty examples, but it’s another variation to explore. Notice that all of the strokes you add after the initial hexagon grid connect to the corner points of the hexagons.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hexa below and she suggests some interesting variations, along with her very pretty ZIA Zendala.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hexa, tangle and deconstruction by Ria Matheussenn. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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