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How to draw SCOODLE

Zentangle pattern: Scoodle. 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.Hello my tangling friends and welcome to another week of fun tangle explorations. It’s lovely to see you again 🙂

Today’s tangle comes from Maria Thomas, co-founder of Zentangle®.

Scoodle is one of the very first Zentangle-original tangles, in fact it first appears on the Legend and in the Beginning Zentangle booklet in the original Zentangle Kit.

We’re adding Scoodle today because its first demonstration appeared in a video in Zentangle’s Project Pack #18 – Introducing Zentangle’s new Translucen-Z Tiles. This Project Pack wraps up the final videos tomorrow and I’ll be adding my customary detailed post shortly thereafter. Stay tuned to your inbox!

Zentangle pattern: Tidings. 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.On Saturday in Day 8’s video lesson by Maria’s daughters Martha and Molly, Martha begins the tile showing us how to tangle Scoodle. Although I think Martha inadvertently calls it Tidings in the video, we’re actually working with the very early Zentangle-original Scoodle. As Martha notes, “these tangles have overlapping themes” (09:52).

As you see here they’re both similarly constructed using the elemental S-stroke but Scoodle is a more embellished stroke, sharing DNA with Printemps.

Because my brain doesn’t do random very well (if at all), for my main example of Scoodle above in contrast to Martha’s pretty, airy version in the video I went for a closer textural version similar to Maria’s above but I placed the Scoodles in diagonal columns.

As part of the Introducing Zentangle’s new Translucen-Z Tiles project pack, Martha tangles Scoodle in this video, Martha starts off with her first stroke (4:08) the same as Tidings, but then changes to the more Printemps-like Scoodle for the rest of the tangle. On the reverse side of the tile they tangle and embellish Scena.

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2 comments to How to draw SCOODLE

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Oh, now that’s funny! I had a problem with one tangle a few years ago, and just couldn’t “get” how to draw it, so I made my own version, and it was this! I must have seen it on something Maria had already drawn, but nonetheless, it’s one I’ve enjoyed tangling with for at least the last five years 🙂

  • Bettina

    Thank you for clarifying the Scoodle/Printemps confusion I had until now :-).
    Thank you for this incredibly helpful, very well thought through and perfectly linked website.
    This multiplies my tanglejoy enormously on a daily bases.
    I got your guide es well and am so happy that I “stumbled” over your site the same day I got tangled.

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