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How to draw MISTY

Zentagle pattern: Misty. 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! Are you staying safe and keeping out of harm’s way?

I hope you can take advantage of this crisis-imposed worldwide “time out” to be creative and be grateful for each moment of every day.

As Ann Landers used to say, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

(Note: This phrase was originally coined in 1915 by Elbert Hubbard and has since been used in various forms by many other writers. But I first read it in the days of Ann Landers syndicated advice column in the newspaper, it was one of her favorite pieces of advice.)

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And now for today’s creative exploration with a ribbon-style tangle that has lots of fun possibilities, as you’ll see in just a moment …

Misty is from CZT Karima Ritter from Berne, the capital city of Switzerland.

Karima became a CZT at one of the new Frankfurt certification seminars and is now one of 39 CZTs in Switzerland.

Misty is Karima’s first tangle on the site and she explains her inspiration,

A few month ago I spent some days in the old town of Brussels (Belgium) with my family. There I saw a pattern carved in stone on a wall and took a pic. Back to Switzerland I deconstructed and simplified this pattern.

Now Misty is a tangle very easy to draw. Nevertheless I did several mistakes tangling the step-out. So in my Zentangle journal the step-out is in nicely company with some Bronx Cheers. 🙂 Maybe I had a misty focus at this time and this conducted me to the mistakes. (Energy flows where your focus goes.)

Misty is based on horseshoe shapes, but we can also use other shapes like leaf shapes or oriental door shapes.


In the middle of each shape is enough space to embellish or fill in other tangles or fragments.

I didn’t have much room in the middle shapes but I did manage to squeeze in some tiny bud shapes in my example. I was torn by all the possibilities! And did I mention, it’s fun and easy!?

Karima illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Misty below and she features it on a tile with the Zentangle®-originals Quandary, Hollis and Tripoli.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Misty, tangle and deconstruction by Karima Ritter. 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. Click the image for an article explaining what copyright means in plain English. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Jiminy Cricket

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7 comments to How to draw MISTY

  • Nice tangle that offers so many ways to bring variations into. Thank you for sharing and I hope you enjoyed your trip to Brussels!

  • Tomàs Padrós

    Very nice pattern Karima. Congratulations!

  • Linda Dochter

    Thank you, Karima and Linda, for sharing tangle Misty.

    I’m currently visiting friends in the Southwest part of the US and have lots of tangle time on my hands. When it crossed my feed this morning, I saw Linda’s sample and thought, “Yes, that’s it. That’s what I want to add to my thank you note to my hostess.”

    You see, Misty is composed of horseshoe shapes (my hostess has horses) and Linda chose to add a fill to tangle Misty that is representative of the saguaro (sa-WHAR-o) cactus so prevalent in this area. I know Zentangle is not intended to represent “a thing” but sometimes “a thing” just jumps out and grabs me. Do you know what I mean?

  • Jody Genovese


    I too immediately saw horseshoes. Today is my sister’s birthday and she is a horse person through and through. Perfect timing. This looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.

  • Joan Stark

    So many variations possible. Misty is a great tangle. I really like the solid squares at each junction. Thank you Karima and Linda for sharing.

  • Susan Achter

    Love Misty. Love the round lines. Love all the variations. Great job on this! Thank you for sharing.

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