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How to draw ANTHEM

Zentangle pattern: Anthem. 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 first of March, and it’s Friday too!

Not only that, Spring and Daylight Savings Time are right around the corner! Longer, warmer days ahead …

I can’t believe we’re already into the third month of the year. I’m sure I say something similar as each month rolls over to the next, but it does seem like time hurtles by in our digitally-paced world. There’s always something going on somewhere and we’ve sure had our share of “somethings” in this country.

Aren’t we lucky and blessed to have Zentangle® for maintaining our equilibrium and our sanity.

Today New York CZT Jody Genovese shares her lovely Anthem tangle with us. Jody writes:

“My pattern submission today will at first appear like a crystal, but it is not.

One of the projects we did at ZenAgain this past November had us exploring and reinterpreting the art of 3 famous artists through the eyes of Zentangle. All three had very different styles and while I appreciated each, my favorite was Ernst Haeckel. His claim to fame was combining art and science and creating art based on his observations.

I’m calling this pattern Anthem. This is short for Anthemodes ordinata, a member of the siphonophores family and something Mr. Haeckel observed while on expedition at the Canary Islands.

I bet that clears things up! It didn’t for me either so I kept digging.

To me it looked like a jellyfish, but I wanted to be sure so I turned to Google which said this, “The siphonophores are an order of hydrozoans, a class of marine animal belong to the phylum Cnidaria.” Just as I had suspected, sigh…

More digging turned up an entire website dedicated to siphonophores. This site went on to say the Cnidaria is a group of animals that includes corals, hydroids and true jellyfish. Suspicion confirmed.

Here I show a Zendala on the cover of Haeckel’s Art Forms from the Abyss with the inspiration for this pattern surrounding my tile.

The cover of Haeckel’s book with Jody’s beautiful Zendala delicately “outlined” by Haeckel’s illustration of the inspiration for Jody’s Anthem tangle.

The website above states that some of these creatures are the longest in the world and can be as long as 40 meters.

Just one more reason to stay on land.”


Ernest Haeckel, a gentleman with a wide range of intellectual gifts, was born in Potsdam, Germany (Prussia at the time). According to Wikipedia,

Haeckel was a biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist, and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, and Protista.

I think many of us today know of Haeckel for his astonishingly intricate and beautiful illustrations of animals and sea creatures. When I became a CZT way back when in 2011, my sweetie Robert gifted me with Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature. IMHO, the works in that book alone could well have been a lifetime’s output for most “ordinary folk”. And its study shows that Haeckel’s influence on Maria’s work is unmistakable.

Jody’s Anthem is rich with possibilities however you choose to tangle it. Her steps and examples demonstrate Anthem, as she notes, as a free-form crystal-like structure. Because my brain just HAS to put things in order, for my example I used a (non random) circular/radiating formation.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Anthem below where she features it in two gorgeous tiles with the Zentangle-originals Onamato, Diva Dance, and Rain. Jody’s shading of Anthem on her tiles is perfectly Haeckel-like.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Anthem, tangle and deconstruction by Jody Genovese. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Here is an enlarged view of Haeckel’s cover illustration with Jody’s Zendala layered on top.

Jody’s Zendala is so beautiful, it deserves a shining moment of its own apart from the book cover:

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24 comments to How to draw ANTHEM

  • This is a wonderful tangle, I used it already, thank you very much for sharing!!!

  • Wonton

    Jody, this pattern is unbelievably gorgeous. And your tiles are beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your talent.

  • Denise Potter

    Beautifully done, one of the most appealing (to me) I’ve seen in quite a while. Thanks for sharing it.

  • HeidiSue

    OH I just LOVE Haeckel’s work. Just bought his book “Art Forms in Nature” and have been inspired myself. This looks like an amazing pattern to learn. Thanks Jody!

    • Jody

      I have that book too HeidiSue! His work is really mesmerizing. Lots of things to choose from. I hope you find this one easy to use. I appreciate you leaving a comment.

  • Chère Jody
    Merci de nous faire découvrir le travail de Haeckel!
    Il nous rapproche de la mère Nature. Ton Zendala est tout simplement SPLENDIDE ! Il parle de douceur, de Tendresse et c’est comme un language venu d’une autre planète….
    Magnifique Jody, merci.

    Google Translate:
    Dear Jody
    Thank you for introducing us to Haeckel’s work!
    He brings us closer to Mother Nature. Your Zendala is simply SPLENDID ! He talks about sweetness, Tenderness and it’s like a language from another planet ….
    Beautiful Jody, thank you.

    • Jody


      Thank you so much for you kind reply. There is nothing like Mother Nature to draw inspiration from. I’m so glad you like it.

  • Lise Orwig

    Thank you SO much for this, Jody! I can;t wait to explore some of the possibiities:)

    • Jody

      Dear Lise, you are SO welcome! I’m glad you like it and it is very easy and can go in many directions. It likes to travel along any path I’ve found 🙂
      Hope you like drawing it as much as I do. Thanks for your reply.

  • Nice tangle and I love your Zendala! Great work…
    Barb B. CZT

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    Wow, what a cool and mysterious pattern…and thinking that this is a living being from the Deep Sea… Thank you, dear Jody, for deconstructing it and thus bringing it near (up?!) to all of us! Your friend Jutta

  • Jenn Brayton

    Just arrived here by way of Inktober Tangles 202 where this is the Day 3 tangle 🙂 And what a great tangle it is! I collect rocks and this is perfectly reminding me of quartz 🙂

    • Jody Genovese

      Thank you Jenn! A kindred spirit. I live in Upstate NY not far from the Herkimer Diamond Mines. My husband and I are also avid rock and fossil collectors. So glad you liked it.

  • Louise Horner

    Thank you, Jody Genovese, for sharing this article on how to draw Anthem and the wonderful back story that goes with your inspiration. You have introduced me to an amazing artist, Ernst Haeckel, and a new way of thinking about Zentangle. I love your artwork as expressed in Zentangle, often finding your name attached just after I have said, “Wow!”

  • Jody Genovese

    Louise, Maria Thomas introduced us to Ernst Haeckel at a CZT event a few years back and I too was immediately hooked. Happy to be able to pass that along to you. Your kind words have truly made my day. Always happy to share.

  • LLS

    Just came across this beautiful tangle. Again I am amazed by the depth of information that I learn by reading the stories behind the tangles. I have never heard of Mr. Haeckel, or his studies. The book looks VERY INTERESTING! I am amazed by the Creative Nature of GOD! He wouldn’t have had to make all those interesting creatures! Most of us go blindly through life and never know they are there! Thank you for
    once again broadening my horizons!
    Thank you for the beautiful tangle and the story! Your Zendala is gorgeous!

    • Jody Genovese

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I encourage you to get your hands on one of these books. Haeckel was a pioneer in documenting marine life and you will lose yourself in the discovery. Seeing your post has made me dig my book out again. Thank you for that. God is definitely an artist. Please tag me if you decide to give Anthem a go. Cheers!

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