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Zentangle pattern: TunnelVizion. 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.It’s April 1st and we have a super fun and easy tangle to start out our week and our new month, I think you’ll have a good time with this one.

TunnelVizion is from NY CZT Jody Genovese who started us out last month with her lovely Anthem tangle.

Jody writes,

I was traveling with a friend last fall and we had a little misadventure. I made her a mixed media journal and amongst other things someone decided to relieve us of some of our belongings including the journal. I’m finally getting to making her another one and this pattern literally flashed before my eyes yesterday name and all.

I’m calling it TunnelVizion and it comes with a bonus. These are what I imagine the little fellas look like if they escape the tunnels. They make fun connectors.

The tunnels can be drawn in random shapes and directions as well as placement of the orbs.

I also recommend giving movement to the ‘semi’ auras to make it look like the critters are facing different directions inside the tunnels.

The “little fellas” of TunnelVizion are what we call orbs in Zentangle, sometimes referred to as “black pearlz” when filled in except for the white highlight. Because good food is almost always on my mind, I also think of these as black olives — see Jody’s XLnt which also begins with orbs/black pearlz/black olives. In the case of TunnelVizion the orb is surrounded by an aura and then the auras continue out to fill each “tunnel”.

TunnelVizion reminds me of Livia Chua’s Lily-eyes and Suzanne McNeill’s Track Lighting — they too give the impression of eyes looking in all directions. For some reason CZT Shawyn Hayden’s Mr. E comes to mind too although there are no eyes involved. Perhaps it’s their playful nature I’m reminded of.

Jody illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing TunnelVizion below with her whimsical Zentangle® tile featuring the bonus “critters” she referred to above.

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

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41 comments to How to draw TUNNELVIZION

  • Bunny (Frances) Wright

    Love it! It looks like so much fun to do! Thanks, Jody.

  • Carolyn Lefebvre

    Love the Tunnelvision.

  • This is a fun one that I know I’ll love. It also reminds me of Hypnotic if it broke free of the grid!

  • Another pleasant one to draw, thanks Jody!

  • Beatrice Aronas

    Love this duo! Looks so cheerful and fun. Thank you for sharing, Jody!

  • Wonton

    Jody, I absolutely adore your contributions. I can’t wait to see what you create next.

    • Jody Genovese


      Thank you so very much! That is such a motivator truly. I do a lot on the Mosaic App and Instagram if you are on those apps. Hope to see you there!

  • Kim Bartholomew

    Remind me of Wichetty grubs.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      That’s a new one for me Kim, so of course I had to look it up.

      The Australian Museum says, “The Witchetty grub is one of the most famous items on the Aboriginal bush tucker menu.”

      Food and Wine says they’re “high protein … you might actually find delicious”, and actually has a fun recipe for making them!

      Thanks for the side trip 🙂

    • Jody Genovese


      So funny because I taught this to my students at the health clinic. One girl was very put off because she said they looked liked maggots ?. That made me hysterical. I will be researching the grub momentarily.

      Linda…I won’t be trying the recipe! Ha! I’ll stick to drawing them.

  • Kimberly

    This tangle is adorable. So are the escapees!
    It’s nice to see a tangle that goes along with the Zentangle philosophy.

  • Sue Leslie CZT

    What a fun way to start April. Better then the 2 inches of snow we had here this morning! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jody Genovese

      Sue! Ugh..will it ever end?? We didn’t get any snow, but still have cool weather and WIND! I am using that as an excuse to stay inside…
      I’m so glad you like it.

  • Vivien Czub

    Jody, I am so proud to be your Mom! You are such a talented and loving person in every way. Your work is absolutely beautiful! I especially enjoy when you write and explain
    how an inspiration becomes your new tangle. You are amazing! Love you, Mom

    • Jody Genovese

      Hi Mom! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I got my talent from you and couldn’t have done it without you. I love you too!

  • Jutta Gladnigg

    This is such a whimsical addition to the world of patterns! Love it! Can be used in lots of drawings… not only in Zentangle Art. Greetings to you both, Vivien and Jody! Agree…you both are amazing.

  • Cathy Vancik

    OMG, love, love, LOVE this one!!!

  • Tomàs Padrós

    Cool and fun!!

  • Melena

    This is such a fun tangle. Thanks Jody! I was going to comment earlier, but I’ve been playing with this tangle. LOL I love how it can be used as a border too. And those eyes that broke free from the tunnel are so wonderfully whimsical. Fun!

    • Jody Genovese

      Hi Melena,
      I so appreciate your enthusiasm! Your comment was so uplifting. I’m really glad you are enjoying it. Motivation to find more patterns!!

  • Larva. At first sight.
    Cute larva ^_^

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    Never seen anything like it! I couldn’t stop laughing while I was drawing it! Thank you, Linda and Jody, for such a FUN tangle!!!

  • Sue Zanker

    Jody and Linda…..thanks for Tunnelvizion….I love it. I tried it yesterday on one of the pages of my Tangle a Day Calendar and although I “went haywire” a couple of times, I can see I am going to dabble with this one and have heaps of fun. Jody, I still battle with Patience, but I love the look of it, so I do it now and again toi see if I have licked it yet !
    Thanks again Linda for all you do!

    • Jody Genovese

      Hi Sue,

      That’s so great to hear. I’m glad you are having fun with it. I’m going to send you an ‘extended’ step out for patience through FB. I wrote it up for Kat and maybe it will help. The best advice I can give with it is make your grid big because it tends to get really small as you start to work with it. I’ll send that to you asap.

  • Anna

    Este enredo me encanto me genera la sensación de figuras en movimiento , muy bello ya lo estoy practicando , gracias y saludos desde Venezuela

    Google Translation: This tangle enchanted me generates the sensation of figures in movement, very beautiful and I am practicing it, thanks and greetings from Venezuela

  • Jody Genovese

    Hi Anna,

    Hello from New York! I’m so glad you have tried this and are having fun with it. I appreciate you leaving a comment.

  • This is such a fun and cute tangle, especially with the escapees! There is not one tangle of yours that I’ve not had fun doing (or trying to do). I am so happy for your success here, dear friend, and hope to see even more tangles in the future!

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Hello Linda. I was just revisiting this particular pattern, and noticed your statement that the pattern “Mr. E” comes to mind when you look at it; I believe that it’s the curved lines around/above/below the orbs that look like the Mr. E design–that’s one of my favorite patterns to play with, it being so much fun to get all those easy-moving lines to play games with each other 😀

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you! This is fun — love it!

  • Deborah Turner

    Great tangle, so much fun. Love the little aliens, absolutely brilliant. Definitely going in my tangle book. Thanks for a brilliant design.

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