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How to draw ROBLYN

Zentangle pattern: Roblyn. 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.Greetings my tangling friends! Welcome back.

Roblyn, our easy Monday tangle, is from Minnesota tangler Mollie Zauner and it’s her first on the site.

Mollie introduces herself and her tangle,

I am a civil engineer living with my dachshund in Minnesota. As a child, I loved anything to do with art, especially drawing. In 2014, I started to see examples of Zentangle® and found it intriguing, so I ordered a kit from and starting learning about the method and drawing my own tiles. With everything going on in life, I didn’t have much time to spend on it until this past year when I signed up for the mosaic app and finally found other people who liked to tangle. Now I am part of a group of midwestern tanglers that meets with a CZT every week to work on tangles and other related creative ideas. I am not a CZT yet, but hope to become one soon.

My profession is all about precision and even a tiny mistake can be catastrophic in certain circumstances, so the “no mistakes” part of Zentangle was difficult to accept at first. Of course, this concept caused me to see what I was drawing as failure. Once I heard Maria Thomas say that “mistakes are just opportunities for further creativity,” I felt much better about it and Zentangle has helped me to think critically and explore and use more of those opportunities.

My other hobbies include beadwork, wire and metalwork, making chain maille, crochet, and reading. I love having the chance to be creative and am constantly learning new ways to do so.

I love patterns! I am always looking for ways to fill space in my tangles and I like to play and experiment with new patterns. This pattern is a result of one of those play times.

[BTW, and coincidentally, in case you missed it recently we had a brief introduction to the craft of chain maille here.]

Simple is best! Repeating myself from here, Roblyn “sticks to the Zentangle® philosophy of just 2 or 3 simple lines repeated continuously. More complex patterns require thinking about how to build them and not readily allowing one to get into the ‘unthinking’ rhythm of a Zentangle experience. Simple tangles are the Zen of Zentangle.”

Roblyn is an easy tangle to use in a section of your Zentangle tile or even as a frame around it. For my example I added solid ink fills in a regular pattern but it would be fun to explore random fills, ZIA color, and changing up the scale of the orbs too.

Mollie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Roblyn below. “In order to make the steps easy to follow, I made an extra effort to make each part of the pattern as consistent as possible, but in the sample I just used it as I would on any tile. Along with Roblyn, the sample includes Tut, Shattuck, and Crazy ‘Nzeppel.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Roblyn, tangle and deconstruction by Mollie Zauner. 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. 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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  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.
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1 comment to How to draw ROBLYN

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    What a lovely fun and easy tangle to play with, and the possibilities are endless with those nice orbs to use with fragments! I’m noodling around with Roblyn as a border <3 Congrats on your first tangle!!

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