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Evolution of a Tangle


April 2, 2012 by Denise

The Zentangle community has such creative people – I sometimes get intimidated. There are fabulous books by talented illustrators and artists, everybody seems to be coming up with wonderful ideas for new products, projects, and books. I set a rather lofty goal for myself: to come up with an original tangle. I’ve had this goal for a while – and have reached it a few times (or so I thought) only to find that those creative people I spoke of earlier had already come up with what I did, or something reallllly similar! My heart always sinks about a millimeter when it happens, but my resolve grew stronger. Now, some may say a tangleation (a variation of a tangle) would count, but I wanted to build one from the ground up. I actually had a little waking dream about this one – It was about when I was a kid, and how I had such a hard time drawing five-pointed stars. As a perfectionist, even at the tender age of 11, this really bothered me. But I discovered a way…and I think I have my original tangle. If I don’t, please don’t tell me, o.k.? :-)

I call it FÜNF, which is German for five. I even have a hard time with the names! Anyway, here it goes…

Start with a "Y", then add two arms, then add an aura around it.

Add lines, additional stars...whatever you like.

And don't forget to shade!

A variation (or tangleation!)


  1. I never thought of a Y with two arms before – so simple but so inspired.- Thanks! Cute tangle – I’m adding it to my collection now.

    • Denise says:

      Thank you so much! I think it will be a lot of fun to play with.

    • Sandyy says:

      I like the distance eeffct you have created, its an unusual feature of a tangle, and makes it more 3D.People dont like change cos of their own insecurities. You have to be patient quite often, giving people time to get used to the idea. Once they have their head around it they can accept the change.Must admit I like adventure but not always changes I havent planned on!

  2. Amy in TN says:

    YAY, Denise! Funf is a cool tangle with a cool name!

  3. Sandy says:

    What a great way to explain how to draw stars. I think you’ve hit on something big there. :o)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Denise – it’s Fünf! :) Ulla

    • Denise says:

      I JUST figured out how to do the umlaut in my browser, thank goodness! Now the word can be properly German. Thank you!

  5. Jasmine says:

    Love your post and your Zentangle. I have run into the same situation many times .just about every time I join a board or group cmeoittme that has members that have been there a while. I\’ve tried gently offering maybe we should try something new and just see what happens\’ only to be shot down repeatedly. Save yourself some heartache and trouble and pull back. Put your energy, positive attitue and ideas to better use than beating your head against a wall

    • Denise says:

      Thank you for your compliment! Actually, the Zentangle community is a very supportive one – they love new ideas and new people. I just get intimidated by the amount of talent that they have! :-)

    • Amitava says:

      Lovely art, both of them. I love bold patterns, and yours work well totegher. I, too, can get protective of gorgeous art I create. Send in, keep, make another Do what makes you feel best. It is bold and wonderful, whatever you choose.

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