How to sign up for a free subscription - never miss a tangle!
What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


All contents of this website are Copyright © 2010 - 2023 Linda Farmer,, and artists where named. Copying content in any form other than for your own personal offline reference and inspiration is expressly prohibited. No content may be reproduced, pinned or republished without express written permission. This work is not allowed to be used in training AI systems. Commercial use of any content is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Artists for Respect
Your support helps keep TanglePatterns available!


Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings: simply pop in any number in the range of 1 to 250.




Zentangle pattern: Shootingstar. 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 to you and thanks for being here with us today 🙂

We’ve enjoyed some very entertaining matches so far in the FIFA World Cup — what about Iceland! and Mexico! — and the competition is just warming up! Curious about scores? More excitement to come …

The lovely Shooting Star tangle is from a young Wellington, New Zealand tangler, Maia Tonkin.

Maia was a student of CZT Rhiannon McKinstry who illustrated and published the steps for Shooting Star on her blog.

As sometimes (and strangely) happens with pattern submissions, Shooting Star arrived in my inbox just days before I had a conceptually similar tangle prepared and scheduled for publication: CZT Loretta West’s Zailz tangle. As a result I put Shooting Star aside for the time being but in a recent review of pending tangles it rose to prominence again. Thus we enjoy it today.

Rhiannon introduces Maia’s tangle,

A student of mine made a brilliant and beautiful tangle that I just had to have fun with! I asked if I could diagram and share it, and she agreed with excitement.

It is very simple to draw, just a few dots and many repeated C’s. It grows in a beautiful deliberate manner, which makes me feel a bit like stroking a cat. =^-,-^=

You can vary the direction of the C’s, or put the dots in triangles rather than squares for a different effect. It also works great as a single layer border.

Zentangle pattern: Shooting Star. 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.For my main example above I chose the alternate “wave” direction shown in the steps. Shooting Star also looks different depending on where/if you add shading. In my main example I shaded where the strokes converge at the points. In the example on the right I shaded along the vertical curve giving an overlapping effect.

Shooting Star would also look pretty interesting when alternating “rays” are inked in. Or filled with color for those so inclined …

Rhiannon illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Maia’s Shooting Star here on her blog. The steps also demonstrate how you can vary the starting dot grid points for various effects. [UPDATE June 2020 – the link to Rhiannon’s blog is broken so until she contacts me with a correction, here are the steps for your convenience.]

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Shooting Star, tangle and deconstruction by Maia Tonkin. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These images are for your personal offline reference only. Please feel free to refer to the images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs. However the artist and reserve all rights to the images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. Thank you for respecting these rights.

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. Your comment helps motivate them to continue to share!

Check out the tag maiat for more of Maia’s tangles on

Thanks to everyone who participated in Jenny Perruzzi’s Crystals for a Cause FUNdraiser

Image courtesy of PixabayMy heartfelt gratitude to those of you who purchased Crystals for a Cause in last week’s fundraiser initiated and organized by CZT Jenny Perruzzi. And especially to Jenny for her enthusiasm and dedication.

Jenny’s efforts raised $500 for TanglePatterns and that will help cover the cost of the service delivering the email newsletters for a couple of months. Deeply appreciated.

I am grateful to you all, with your help TanglePatterns continues to be a dedicated and constant resource that has networked the Zentangle community for over 8 years.

If you missed a chance to participate in the fundraiser, might I suggest you get a copy of the 2018 Edition of the TANGLE GUIDE. If you have an old edition, it’s time to update and support the site. It’s a win-win proposition!


Enhance your Zentangle experience while supporting TanglePatterns:

CURRENT EDITION! TANGLE GUIDE, 2023 Edition TANGLE GUIDE, 2023 Edition The 12th Edition of the TANGLE GUIDE is an instant-download 103-page (50 MB) interactive digital eBook/PDF containing almost 1,900 tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2022. It's a great resource and a must-have digital tool for using the site. Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page and help keep online by getting your copy now!

"Linda, Thank you! I was relying on too few and getting stuck after 3 years of daily working with Zentangle. This has inspired me to ‘begin again’ with renewed excitement." ~ Barbara R.

See the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page. Note: this is a digital product you download immediately when you place your order, nothing will be physically mailed to you.
GIFT ORDERS FOR ANOTHER PERSON: To give the TANGLE GUIDE as a gift, visit this page to place your gift order.
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1 This is the only Zentangle book you'll ever need: the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®. Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
NEW! Now available in KINDLE format for $9.99. Spanish Edition here. Japanese Edition here.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H


8 comments to How to draw SHOOTING STAR

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>