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Tangle Mandalas Using Patterns - Mindful Drawing Class

teacher avatar Zen Linea, Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Zentangle Method & Project Handouts

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Prepare the Paper Tile

    • 5. First Tangle - Ratoon

    • 6. Second Tangle - A-Frame

    • 7. Third Tangle - Flux 1

    • 8. Third Tangle - Flux 2

    • 9. Shading - Inner Part

    • 10. Shading - Outer Part

    • 11. Highlighting Darker Tiles

    • 12. Project Time!

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About This Class


  • Do you think you can't draw or could you use a boost?
  • Would you like to learn how to draw beautiful mandalas?
  • Are you drawn to patterns and abstract line art?
  • Do you need some relaxing creative time in your daily life?

If your answer to at least one of the above questions is YES, this might be the lesson for you!

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled artist looking for a way to relax you will learn what the Zentangle® Method* is and how to apply its principles and methodology in creating beautiful mandalas. Experienced artists will certainly feel more comfortable finishing this project but the beginners can also do it - just take a peek at the project section to see the evidence. :) 

The basic supplies needed for the project are:

  • Paper or a small-sized paper tile
  • Graphite pencil
  • Line marker (suggested size 0.1 to 0.3 mm)
  • Blending stump

But if you want to have even more fun, you can draw on a darker paper and use white pen and pencil for highlights or add some colors of your choice.

Follow me on Instagram to see hundreds of drawings, process videos or check out other links to see what's new. 

Make sure to download the attachments, join the project and come back with the project photos, questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you! 

*The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

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Zen Linea

Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler


Hi, everybody!

I'm Anica Gabrovec, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher and jewelry maker from Croatia. On social media I mostly use my alias Zen Linea, which became the formal name of my small creative business.

After working in finance for 20 years, in 2019 I decided to make a big shift and dedicate my time to creative pursuits, which is what really sparks my joy. I've been making jewelry on and off for 15 years and last four years I've been totally into drawing, powered and inspired by the amazing Zentangle® method. 

I can honestly say that creative work has changed my life and my mission is to spread that creative virus to as many people as I can. My biggest reward is when I manage to change other people's preconceived&nbs... See full profile

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1. Intro: hi, guys. And welcome to my first drawing class and scale shape. Thank you so much for being here with me. My name is Anna TSA, and I'm a certified, so entangled teacher and jewelry maker from creation. You might also know Mia's Zen Lanier from social media and Zen Lena is also a formal name of my small creative business that I started this year. I've been drunk passionately for previous four years, and in 2018 I became a certified send single teacher. Today I'm going to teach. You have to draw a beautiful Mandela using patterns inspired by the same thing. You might think that it is too difficult for you or you might even think you cannot do it. But believe me, you can. I have tested this on my 17 year old daughter and also on my husband, who hasn't droned anything since he was in elementary school. And if he can do it, you can do it to please join me in this project that will guide you through its that by step and we will create something beautiful together 2. Zentangle Method & Project Handouts: we're using those entangle method as an inspiration source for this rowing. Those entangle method is an easy Children, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Founders off, then tangle incorporated. You can learn more about the sentinel method by visiting their website at Zen tangle dot com. With this lesson, you will be able to download the handouts that contain some references to various online sources where you can find more about the method or many patterns that you can use in yours entangle inspired artwork. I will also attach the sheets with the step outs that describe the drawing process that we use in this class and then additional step by step visual guide. Through drawing this particular project, I hope that you'll find the attached materials useful 3. Supplies: first, we'll go through the supplies that we will need, and there will only be a few supplies, first of which is the black liner or black pen. This is Ah, my crone PN pen with a plastic neighbor. But you can also use any liner with nips I 0.1 to 0.5. I lose a graphite pencil for shading and the blending stump to blend the shades. Here. I haven't originals entangle square paper tile, but you can also cut your own paper tile square tile with side off 3.5 inches or nine centimeters. I would recommend having a small sized paper tile because as visual, we will rotate the tile. 4. Prepare the Paper Tile: we will start our tile by drawing for dots in the corners off our paper tile. And we're going to use these dots. She will rightly draw the lines that will serve as a border for future drawing. We have a nice square here and now we're going to lightly trace diagonal lines. And this way we will also mark the very center off our tile, and we will be able to draw the central circle that will serve as the basis for our first tangle platoon. 5. First Tangle - Ratoon: first military, four small petals on each side of the circle. He doesn't have to be accurate, and then we will add bigger petals on the Dagon Alliance that we just marked. The bigger petal will not touch the border of the square that we just drew a minute ago, but they will be close to it. Next week will draw lines that will connect the pedals. We will start at the very bottom of the big petal and throw the line that will go around the small petal. We will repeat it four times. Just a simple curb line. Here we go. It's already finished. The next line we draw will be almost parallel with the first line from the very corner off are joining Sue the tip off the small Petzel. You will again have to repeat it four times. Notice how I'm rotating my style. So my hand is always at the same position and it will make the drawing process much, much easier because your hand will be as much relaxed as possible. We're almost done with the first tangled rat. Soon. Now we're going to draw another pair. A little line. Another side of the Big petal, enviable again. Do it four times and we're going to connect this beginning off the branch with the central circle and again repeated four times. You can see that this branch somehow goes underneath the branch that we joy at the beginning. Okay, now we already have the first tangle retune. 6. Second Tangle - A-Frame: we're coming now to the tangle called a frame from the approximate center off the border of tile. We're going to draw a letter A and repeated four times. We will do it again by rotating our child, which is much easier than moving her hand. The thing with this is entanglement. It is that it teaches us to embrace the imperfections off our drawings the same way we're going to embrace the imperfections off our live. Now we're joining three parallel lines on each side. Off letter a first on one side, right side again with rotating that style. And after we're finished, we're going to do the same on the other side, I believe for everybody. It's easier to draw the lines from top to bottom. So this is exactly what I'm doing here. After we're finished with these lines were going to draw some more more lines that are going to connect the lines that we trust you. With the very edge of the paper tile, we will have seven lines on each side of her title. Okay, we're almost finished with a frame. We will just add some more parallel lines on the bottom of the letter A. We're going to throw this beautiful Mandela using only four tangles. We will add next a small circle in this small corner or the letter A. These circles ins entanglement are cold people. We're going to add eight off these patrons. It doesn't have to be perfect again. There are no mistakes. It can be smaller or bigger than I do. It's so we already have our third pattern finished and we will close this line. We will draw it along the ones that we do with our pencil to mark the border off our square tile. 7. Third Tangle - Flux 1: the third in the last bittern we're using today is gold flux. Flux is an easy teardrop shaped better, and we're going to draw a number of these to fill the gaps we have on our tile. And the easiest way to do it is to divide the empty spaces into, in this case, two shapes that they're similar sized and look like triangles. And we're going to mark a circular line at each bottom off our shapes and feel the empty area at the end with black ink. And we already have two beautiful flocks is in our first space. We're going to repeat this eight times on each side of our square tile. We will have to empty spaces to feel we can make the lines a little bit curry so that our flexes are a big curve year, which will give them a nice organic cloak, see the slight curve and now adding the round bottoms again. Don't worry if you're not precise. If there any imperfections in san tangle method, there are no mistakes. We're almost finished. We're repeating the process and enjoying the outcome. You see how I'm rotating the child all the time. It's easier for the head. And we're finished with our other shapes to make it look more floral. Have you live a few details? A line and the doctor at the end. It kind of reminds me off a leaf with this addition. 8. Third Tangle - Flux 2: the next thing will do, and it's actually the last thing will do with the marker is to split the empty shapes in the middle into two similar shapes again with some curvy lines. And we are repeating these four times. See how the lines are in perfect and curvy. What we're going to do here now is the same we did before around the edges and feel the spaces with black ink. This is also a variation or a 10 Jele shin off the flex better. The only difference is that it doesn't have the spiky ends. For me, is entangled was really vital for my life changes. It was a game changer in what is now my creative career. No, I will just briefly explain what I'll do next to add a little bit more contrast to the tile . I will pay some of the shapes black. I'm going to paint these eight petals that I drew first with black ink in order to have some more black and white balance within my drawing. I was talking about the beauty off the Zen tangle method and living in the moment, drawing in the moment, focusing on the current line without looking back in the past or worrying about the future . Whenever I feel anxious or not centered, when I feel that my lines are too shaky, I just take a moment, comes out, say, could deep breath and then keep throwing. So remember, whatever is bothering you. Whenever you're feeling upset, you can always come back to her breath. Now we're finishing our process of drawing, and we can now go to the shading process. 9. Shading - Inner Part: before starting shading, I will take my racer. It's not necessary to do it, but I will likely go over the lines that I draw with a pencil, which you probably can't see. But you will see it in your drawing so that my shades that I will know it. Our team. What I would recommend when you shade is to always start at the center and goats over the edges of the paper so the Children smudged with to just did. The first thing I will do is to shade the circle in the middle of the tile. I will do it by just slightly holding the pencil, and I'll make kind of a smiley shape. Then you will take the blending stump and hold it at an angle and lightly go over the graphite part and smudge it. Next single, too, is two shades around the central circle. Then, against take the blending stump and smudge it. Do it likely then we're going to enhance the dimensionality off our right soon pattern. We will do this by shading next to the branches that are going on top. See, we drew this branch on top off another branch so the lines that lie beneath would have some shades. If we imagine that there is a light source over the tangle, which is true? No, I'm heading shades on the A frame tangle first said the very bottom. When we're shading, we're always thinking about It's a volume. And if this was ah three D drawing what would be on its up and what would be on the bottom or below the top shapes here? We can kind of imagine, then this. A frame is disappearing beneath right soon, so we are accentuating this dimensionality by adding some shades. I will also add some shades at the central part off our A frame. We can kind of imagine that these Corey Zonta lines are going below the vertical lines. So we're getting some shades to add more volume. See how it already looks different. And somehow these short parallel lines look like they go underneath the long ones 10. Shading - Outer Part: I think it would be nice to add some shades and the top off are a letter. And maybe you have another idea about how these tangles should be shaded. Don't be afraid to experiment because there are no rules, no rules, no mistakes. You just drew. Relax and enjoy it. We're coming back to our attune to the outer part, and we're shading again. Those branches that go beneath the ones that we drew. Until again, we're blending Gore smudging the trace of the graphite pencil. Now it's time to shade our flax tangle. We're going to do this by getting some great fights at the very thin end off our flux that this will also make our big petals off right soon, pop, because we believe them white as they are, and by shaving the tangle that's next to it, they will kind of seem to pop, see how they stand out now again. We're rotating the tile at the end, but also with the A frame is to add another shade. Because if I had this shade here and its opal far a letter, we will get the impression that our A frame is folded. We're blending again for the very end. We are going to wear the small smiley shape to the people's withdrew around the border, and we will rotate that style to blend these small smiles. And with that, we are done without drawing and shading process. 11. Highlighting Darker Tiles: what I would like to show, you know, he's how Teoh add some more dimension to your drawing. You can see here I drew the same thing on a darker paper, and it seems to have a bit more volume because I used some white pencil and why the gel pin to enhance the globe. So I would like to briefly explain how to achieve this. If you decide to take a darker paper, Thailand drawn it. I will show you by joining a shape I will just roll flux. First you would take a graphite been so and joy, our usual shades and the blending stub to blend them. I would just like to add here that on darker paper, I would recommend using black pencil for shading instead of the graphic pencil. Because, as you will see, when you draw on a darker paper with a graphite pencil, it has a shine, and I like to have a met black shading. Then I will take her white pencil. This is actually a charcoal right pencil. I will use it on the places that I would imagine had the most glow. I will use the blending stump, and it's another blending stump that I use only for white highlights. And he doesn't have a black smudge top. I'm smudging the white pencil mark and you see it already glows next time using secours jelly roll white gel pin, and they'll use it to bring out the shiniest. Why? To details off my drawings, you can use whites to get an even more interesting drawing. 12. Project Time!: thank you so much for being a part of my project. I hope that this class will spark your interest into further exploration of this amazing method. Please take out the project section to find more materials that will help you draw not only this particular project but also offer tips for further creative exercises and make sure to share your art and leave feedback. I'll be happy to hear from you.