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.



How to draw ZEPPO

Zentangle pattern: Zeppo. 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 the first Monday tangle of 2019!

Holidays behind us, we happily return to whatever passes for “normal” in our lives and a brand new year of possibilities …

Belgian CZT Ria Matheussen gets our new year’s adventures underway with another sweet tangle inspired by tasty food. This has zero calories or carbs.

A few weeks ago we had QuaSahnt followed by Momo. Today we have Ria’s fun and easy Zeppo!

Zeppo is somewhat similar to CZT Suzanne McNeill’s Bubbles tangle but with a whole lot more personality. Tastier too 🙂

Ria introduces Zeppo:

Unexpectedly, the American Donut inspired me to create a new tangle.

Who doesn’t know this famous little pastry? In almost every country we can find some family: in Belgium and France, we call them “Beignets”. This variation is often filled with fruit, potatoes or meat. In the Netherlands it is a tradition to eat “oliebollen” on the last day of the year. In Berlin they have their “Berliner Bol” and in South Africa you can find “vetkoek”. I’m sure I have forgotten to mention several countries but the nicest name is given by the Italians: Zeppole and so I gave this new tangle the name Zeppo.

As you can see in the steps, I started with two circles, one big and one smaller inside. It is necessary to use a bit of black inside the inner circle to become a kind of “hole”, where you can look through. Zeppo can be drawn regular or irregular and you can draw something else behind like strokes, perfs or as in my example Nipa. On my composition you also see CO2 and Pebble Flowers.

I hope you like this “delicious” tangle with nice memories and thoughts of little guilty pleasures for lots of us.

Donut aficionados around the world are devotees of the Canadian hockey player Tim Horton’s famous now-international franchise, Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop. The “holes” at Tim Hortons are the “bite size morsels” known as Timbits®. Mmmmmmm …

Ria illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zeppo below where she includes both the regular and irregular forms she described above. For my example I used an irregular version – or maybe someone nibbled a few Zeppo from the plate 😉

Ria notes that “Every ‘donut’ is always surrounded by 6 little tipples, as well in the regular form as in the irregular version. The little tipples make the connections between the different ‘donuts’, they always are a lot smaller than the ‘donuts’ themselves.

How to draw the tangle pattern Zeppo, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Ria Matheussen.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please feel free to refer to the steps images to recreate this tangle in your personal Zentangles and ZIAs, or to link back to this page. However the artist and reserve all rights to these images and they must not be publicly pinned, altered, reproduced or republished. They are for your personal offline reference only. Thank you for respecting these rights. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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 riam for more of Ria’s tangles on

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.
  9. Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!
  10. Never miss a tangle! FREE eMAIL NEWSLETTER - visit the SUBSCRIBE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site and sign up to get notices delivered free to your inbox.


Enhance your Zentangle experience while supporting TanglePatterns:

BRAND NEW ! TANGLE GUIDE, 2024 Edition TANGLE GUIDE, 2024 Edition The 13th Edition of the TANGLE GUIDE is an instant-download 109-page interactive digital eBook/PDF containing approximately 2,000 tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2023. It's a great resource and a must-have digital tool for using the site. Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page and help keep going 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




13 comments to How to draw ZEPPO

  • Joyce Bruns

    This is cute, Ria, thank you for sharing it. And Linda, thank you for posting it.

    I do love donuts, I really really really do!!

    • Thank you so much Joyce for this nice compliment. I’m glad you like this new pattern and hope you will enjoy it. Anyway, I always enjoy eating a donut (especially filled with apples or pineappleslices)

  • Robert

    Weer een mooie tangle Ria.

  • Bunny Wright

    This is fun! I love how the pieces fit together. It reminds me of the toy that consisted of round scored plastic balls that fit together that my boys used to build with. Thanks for a fun tangle!

  • Thank you very much Bunny for your kind comment. Indeed, thanks to the 6 repeated little “Tipples”the “Donuts” fit together. It is pleasant to read that this pattern reminds you to a game of your sons. I hope you will enjoy Zeppo!

  • Wonton

    Ria, this is so cool. I have a love/hate relationship with tangles composed of a bunch of circles. I find them so challenging because I get stuck trying to make the circles perfectly round, but I’m sooo drawn to them that they find their way into my work frequently. I know I should relax and allow imperfections, but I can’t control my need for perfect circles. Lol Thanks so much for you lovely contribution!

  • Thank you very much Wonton. I hope you will enjoy drawing this tangle. As you said, you have to allow imperfections,I know that is difficult sometimes but there is no need to draw everything in a perfect way, on the contrary, artisanal handwork is always pretty and worth to admire. I wish you many beautiful relaxing moments while tangling…

  • Thank you very much Linda for adding Zeppo on tanglepatterns. You made a wonderful presentation with all those usefull links!!!
    I like your intepretation of my tangle very much; the little black spaces between the tipples give Zeppo just that tiny bit more.
    I’m very grateful to have seen Zeppo popping up already on challenges!

  • Jody Genovese

    Ria this is a super clever tangle. I didn’t realize until I started to draw, but the interconnect with the perfs is really ingenious. I can see using this quite a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melena

    I’m finally catching up, Ria. Zeppo really intrigues me. I will be trying this today. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Hi Melena, as you can see, Zeppo can be drawn in different ways but I do like the way Linda did. She added a little more black than I did between the different “Donuts”. Thank you for your nice comment and I wish you a lot of pleasant tanglemoments!

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>




Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.