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How to draw KETTLING

Zentangle pattern: Kettling. 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.Welcome to October!

A week from today are the Canadian Thanksgiving/Columbus Day holidays already, my mind is boggled. It has continued to be so unusually warm (hot!) here in South Florida that it still feels like the middle of July, hardly pumpkin and harvest time.

In any event, Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen is here today to share her lovely Kettling tangle with us.

Ria explains how Kettling emerged, and how she named it.

Thanks for the refreshers, they are wonderful for our memory and give us the chance to use older (and sometimes forgotten) tangles. I have also a personal legend with my favorites and very regularly, I take a look on these pages to find inspiration. To create this tangle, Bridgen inspired me. As you can see in the steps Kettling started in the same way as Bridgen but by adding more lines, the tangle grows slowly into a totally different one.

A chain reaction is translated in Dutch as kettingreactie, so I added an L in the middle and deleted reactie.

Kettling is an easy tangle to draw and can be used as a border, a filler and even (when you draw only one part) as a string. There are many ways to make variations to give this pattern a personal touch.

Tangling is always pleasant: it is a real challenge to try the difficult ones and it is pure relaxation to draw the easier and the familiar ones, thanks again Linda for offering such a variety of tangles so that we can tangle in good and bad days!

I am always delighted when people let me know they enjoy the Refreshers as much as I enjoy looking back at our tangling history and being reminded of the great gems we have explored together. As for the regular tangle additions to our resource, I do make an effort to present a good mix — both challenging and very easy. Keeping us on our toes, one stroke at a time. 🙂


I had fun exploring several variations of Kettling and in the end chose a simple version inspired by one of Ria’s as my main example. I like how if you keep expand Kettling outwards you get a woven effect along the outer edges. Placing several ribbons of Kettling side-by-side in columns/rows, offset or not, as Ria demonstrates in her examples also produces a very pretty result.

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Kettling below where she includes some variations to explore.

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

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12 comments to How to draw KETTLING

  • Dessie Arnold

    Thank you Ria for another interesting tangle! I was interested to read that you have made your own Legend. I have thought about doing this for a long time, but was not sure what criteria to use in choosing the tangles. I thought that I would want several that would make good borders, a few good background tiles, a couple of what I call medallion tangles – something that creates a figure that can stand alone, and all the while keeping a balance of patterns with different tonal values (light or dark). You mentioned having a balance of easy and difficult tangles as well. I love that idea. Ria, I am curious: how do you decide which tangles will be in your Legend?

    Linda, you said that when you add new tangles to the collection, you try to have a balance of easy and difficult as well. I know it would be a lot of work, but would you consider adding 2-3 more categories of type of tangles that would reflect the level of difficulty of the tangle (easy, moderately difficult, difficult)?

    Thank you, Linda for all you do for this amazing site, and Ria, for submitting your interesting tangles!

    • I can recommend you to create your own personal legend. Frequently I’m joining challenges to learn new tangles but to fill the rest of the open spaces I always take a look on my personal legend. Every day, new tangles are popping up. It is impossible to know them all and I don’t find that necessary. So when I see appearing a tangle that I find interesting/ beautiful at first sight, I added that one on my legend. The legend grows every week. I draw my faves on Bijoux tiles and so I can have 12 faves on one page. The pages are in plastic, very easy to see them immediately. When I don’t know the steps anymore, I take quickly a view on Linda’s site…
      Many times, when I am drawing and don’t know which tangles can complete my tile I find there very quickly the answer.
      Thank you for your comment and I wish you success!!!

  • Bunny Wright

    Really neat tangle…easy and fun to draw, thanks Ria, I love this one!!!

  • Mary D'Angelo

    How versatile and intriguing! I always am drawn to your patterns, pun intended.Today I will play “what if” with weaving strips of Kettling in intersecting, overlapping lines. I love it as a border and string! Mary

    • Thank you so much Mary for your kind comment, I’m glad you like my tangles and hope you will enjoy this new one too. When you will draw just a part of this tangle in bigger size, you will discover a nice string to fill. I wish you succes.

  • Jem

    This is a great tangle Ria. I know that just by looking. I can’t wait to start playing with it!

    And thanks for the idea of creating a personal legend. I need to do that – for those days when my mind goes blank and I can’t remember even a few of my favourite tangles.

  • Thank you for this nice compliment, I’m glad you like Kettling and hope you can create your own version of this pattern.
    I can recommend making a personal legend, it is very useful when you want to make a composition of new and older favorite tangles!

  • Joyce Bruns

    Cool tangle, Ria! Thank you for sharing it, and Linda, thank you for posting it.


  • So glad with your comment Joyce, thank you very much!!!

  • I ‘m grateful Kettling has found a place on this wonderful source of inspiration. Thank you Linda.

    I wish everyone who will give this new tangle a try, succes and pleasant moments while drawing!!!

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