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How to draw STIRITUP

Zentangle pattern: Stiritup. 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 a Friday scramble! 🙂 In more ways than Stiritup.

If you’ve been watching the weather news you’ll know that South Florida and the Bahamas are expecting Hurricane Isaias to arrive on our doorstep tomorrow. It doesn’t appear to be a strong storm, but it’s a Hurricane nonetheless and we will treat it with the respect it deserves. Robert and I spent yesterday getting in the necessary provisions and today we’re charging up all our devices etc. just to be on the safe side.

Over our nearly four decades of living in Florida, Robert has always studied these storms very closely and he tracks all the advisories. As you may know storms are given names alphabetically as they develop, according to a strict naming procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Robert tells me that storms named with the letter “I” don’t usually arrive until October, so that tells you something about the level of this year’s activity. And there’ll be more to come. As if there isn’t enough to deal with already!

As for today’s tangle …

Stiritup is a Zentangle®-original tangle dating back to the origins of this marvelous art form, one of the 102 original tangles.

In the distant mists of the past, in the 2010 Edition of the Zenthology handouts for Certified Zentangle Teachers this tangle was also called Amaze. But Stiritup preceded and so it is!

Stiritup has only previously appeared “publicly” as an example on page 49 of the Beginning Zentangle booklet included in the Official Zentangle Kit.

This summer as part of Project Pack #10 on Day 4 Maria’s daughter, CZT Holly Hollibaugh includes Stiritup in her Drama and Texture Tangles demonstration.

Molly illustrates how to tangle Stiritup in as part of The Legend of Zentangle series starting at 13:45 into the video. A link to my complete summary of Project Pack #10 (that includes a list of timestamps for each tangle) is given below.

Stiritup is another super simple tangle and and though many of us — including me — prefer to have the printable step-by-step instructions, they truly aren’t needed here, IMHO. But if you’d like to have a printed version for your records, download a free template from the DOWNLOADS page and make your own version. Again a reminder that if needed you can stop and start the video to help in creating your own version for your records.


UPDATE December 19, 2020 – Project Pack #12. As part of the 12 Days of Zentangle, 2020 Zentangle Renaissance project pack, Molly and Martha Festune, Purk and Stiritup on a Renaissance tan Phi tile.


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Zentangle Project Pack Summaries on TanglePatterns

For your convenience here are the links to all of my Zentangle Project Pack summaries:
  1. November 2017: Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens
  2. December 2017: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
  3. June 2018: A Zentangle Ensemble
  4. December 2018: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition – Making a Zentangle Spinner
  5. April 2019: Zentangle Cartouches
  6. August 2019: No Mistakes
  7. December 2019: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2019 Edition – Light and Shade
  8. March 2020: Dancing in the Moonlight
  9. April 2020: Spring has Sprung
  10. July 2020: The Legend of Zentangle
  11. September 2020: Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun!
  12. December 2020: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2020 Edition - Zentangle Renaissance
  13. April 2021: Layers and Transitions
  14. May 2021: Accessing the Artist Within
  15. September 2021: Alphaborders, Letter Forms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle
  16. December 2021: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2021 Edition - Keeping Score
  17. March 2022: The Kaleidoscope of Our Lives
  18. August 2022: Introducing Zentangle's new Translucen-Z Tiles
  19. December 2022: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2022 Edition - Zentomology
  20. March 17, 2023: Blossoming Tangles
  21. August 4, 2023: Organic Tangles: Tangles of a Botanical Nature
  22. December 2023: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition - Exploring the Spiral
  23. March 15, 2024: The Birth of the Zentangle Method
  24. August 9, 2024: Honoring One of Zentangle's Most Famous Tangles
  25.  December 2024: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2024 Edition


These are the links to my Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack summaries:
  1. January - February 2021: The Basics of the Zentangle Method
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2 comments to How to draw STIRITUP

  • Frances (Bunny) Wright

    You may be interested to know that ‘Stiritup’ is also a cake decorating technique called ‘Cornelli Lace’. You can find many examples of this technique on Google. As a cake decorator for many years, I often employed this decorating technique. The trick was to try and not pass over any line that you had already made on the cake. The result was a beautiful ‘lacey’ look to the cake. Cake decorating certainly fueled my avid interest in zentangle and drawing all those repetitive straight and curving lines helped me in my tangling accuracy too. Prayers for your safety Linda and hope all will be well. Thanks for this wonderful site.

  • Melena

    I’ve seen Stiritup before, and I think I even have it in my list of tangles to use, possibly as Amaze. I’ll have to look it up. I’ve used it on a few tiles. Don’t know where I got it though. I like it. It’s a fun one to do to fill a space.

    Linda, you and Robert take care and stay well and safe. This has definitely been a different kind of year in so many ways. May everyone in Zentangle Land and beyond stay well and safe.

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