draw my tangles

Learn to draw my tangles (a.k.a. tangles by Zen Linea). Check my versions and see the step by step deconstructions. What is a tangle, you might ask – read on and learn.

There is a specific vocabulary that we use when we speak “Zentangle”. And yes, I also consider Zentangle a language. 🙂 Zentangle is a method but speaking Zentangle means so much more to me. It’s getting to know the method, but also understanding each other without speaking. Being connected with the invisible strings that bind the community is speaking Zentangle. Taking a class with a teacher whose language you don’t know, but still being able to follow and enjoy, that is what understanding Zentangle means.

Zentangle Spoken Here

But when I talk about the vocabulary, it’s best to check Zentangle’s glossary. Tangle is a pattern deconstructed in a way that allows others to recreate it easily. Tangles are deconstructed in up to 6 steps so really complex patterns (such as Celtic knots) are not considered to be tangles.

Zentangle Inc. came up with more than 150 tangles but there are countless tangles deconstructed by CZTs and other tanglers. Some of them are obviously very similar but I liked an argument by another CZT, saying that it’s better to come up with a new tangle than to describe it as such-and-such tangleation of this or that tangle.

So, finally take a look at tangles by Zen Linea:


Osam is a really simple tangle that looks like a number eight or maybe an infinity symbol. It also looks like a shank of Zentangle’s Ratoon tangle. It is constructed of intertwined S and reverse S shapes and their aura lines. What can make it look really interesting is the way it’s shaded and highlighted so that it appears to have more volume.

Osam is a Croatian word for the number eight.

Osam Tangle


List is a tangle that looks like a cousin of Hanny Nura’s Icantoo, the main difference being the lack of inner central stem. It also has something of an appearance of Annie Taylor’s Gigi tangle, especially when it’s drawn a certain way. Easy and nice to draw, shade and highlight. Looks lovely when placed next to a twin brother (or maybe a sister).

List is a Croatian word for a leaf.

List Tangle


Khala is my first tangle and the most complex one. It starts with a central orb with an even number of small orbs around it. We add lines that expend from those orbs in a way that they form points. It you start with 6 small orbs, you will have three points. To draw a four -point Khala, start with 8 small orbs etc.

Khala is the name of our wonderful fur baby.

Khala Tangle


Another really simple tangle, Osam was inspired by a motif from the Alhambra fortress in Granada (Andalusia, Spain). It is a floral motif but it personally reminds me of a bird. Shades and highlights play a crucial role again, but you can also play with leaving the inner part empty or maybe filled with orbs.

Kos is a Croatian word for the blackbird.

Kos Tangle

March, 2021

Written by Anica Gabrovec CZT

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