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How to draw ZUTTO — and Celebrating 12 Years of TanglePatterns!

Zentangle pattern: Zutto. 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.626 weeks plus 1 day {{= 12 years}}.

That’s how long tangles have been coming your way since TanglePatterns began on May 4, 2010 until today’s 12th Tangleversary.

Here’s something else that’s 12 years old, I took the photo this week. Robert has grown orchids for many years, not as many today as in years past. But this sweet little Doritaenopsis was one he gave me for Easter in 2010 when she was in a tiny little 1-inch pot, and he has been nurturing her along with love and attention ever since. She’s been carefully transported as we’ve moved from St. Augustine to Palm Beach Gardens and now Port St Lucie too. He’s named her Doritaenopsis TanglePatterns. 🙂

Doritaenopsis TanglePatterns, photo © 2022 Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Zutto felt like an appropriate tangle to share today to symbolize my love and appreciation for your support and dedication for keeping me company along this sweet Zentangle® journey of creative tangle exploration. I don’t want to divert your attention from Zutto so I’ll direct you to last year’s celebration for more on how I feel about this, and for your many beautiful comments too. Re-reading them gives me great joy!

Thank you all and May the fourth be with you! 😉

Zutto is a heart-based tangle from Japanese CZT Yuko Takamasu. It’s her first on the site and a 3D version of Helen Williams’s Heartline.

Yuko explains that she was thinking about an upcoming Zentangle class she was going to teach,

I wanted to make it a class that draws works using heart shapes.

Various ideas came to mind, but it’s the most fun pattern among them.

I love tangles like ribbons and tangled tangles.

This pattern has a single ribbon to create a heart shape forever.

So I’d like to name this pattern “Zutto”.

“Zutto” is a colloquial word meaning eternity in Japanese.

I found I needed several practice runs to get Zutto where I wanted it, but hey, the journey is the destination, right? I learn something new with each go around and achieve a sense of accomplishment when I get it to my satisfaction. My recommendation: go big on this one.

Yuko illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Zutto below and demonstrates it as a ribbon in a sweet tile embellished with the Zentangle-original Doodah and some “stitching”.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Zutto, tangle and deconstruction by Yuko Takamasu. 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. (Small side note: if you look at the legalese in Pinterest, you are legally responsible for obtaining permission to post every photo that gets ‘Pinned’. Giving credit or sharing the source link doesn’t count.) Thank you for respecting these rights. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

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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
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14 comments to How to draw ZUTTO — and Celebrating 12 Years of TanglePatterns!

  • Ria Matheussen

    Lovely pattern,
    congratulations for Yuko and for Linda to celebrate the 12 th anniversary of this great website.
    Many thanks!!!

  • Linda Friedly

    Congratulations on 12 years! I look forward to your messages to brighten my day. The orchid is gorgeous!

  • Nancy Garcia

    Congratulations on 12 years of sharing your love of Zentangle with the world!

  • Deanna J. Rankin

    I just found this website a few months ago and I absolutely love it! I can always find something new to draw and the stepouts are easy to follow. Congratulations on 12 years, I hope you are around for many more. Thank you!

  • Doreen McComb

    Congratulations Linda, 12 dedicated years!!

  • Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I can’t help but thank you for your great achievements and effort.Until now and Zutto!! Thank you very much Linda.

  • Barbara Langston

    Congratulations on 12 years of Tangle Patterns, Linda!! This is the first place that so many tanglers go to find patterns and I’m so grateful for all that you do! When I put the letter T into my search bar, the first result is always Tangle Patterns!

    And thank you to Yuko for another beautiful pattern for the site!

  • Congratulations on the 12 year anniversary. Lovely heart tangle to celebrate all our love for Zentangle too. Thanks for all you do to futher all our love of all things Zentangle.

  • Hiromi Fukuoka

    Linda, I sincerely appreciate your work. And Yuko, thank you for the lovely tangle.

  • Amanda

    No matter how hard I try I cannot get mine to look exactly right, but you know what they say, Practise makes perfect. So I am off to practise some more.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Amanda, it took me a few practice rounds too and it helped me to really study her sample tile to see where everything meets up. Hope that helps!

  • Priscilla DeConti

    Congratulations on another year of fun and patterns! Thank you for all you do!


    Congratulations on 12 years and THANK YOU for your continuing guidance and encouragement.

  • Judy Jankauski

    Congratulations, Linda, on your 12th anniversary! This website is a comprehensive resource for the Zentangle community. You are a blessing and I appreciate and thank you for all you do.

    The pattern Zutto is beautiful! I look forward to using it in my tiles.

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