Zentangle and Zendoodle Templates and Inspiration
Print Out and Tangle Zendoodle/Zentangle Templates
Zentangles and Zendoodles are simple drawings that look more complicated than they are. The basis of a Zentangle is a line (also called a string) or several lines that interweave. The gaps in between are filled with simple repetitive patterns or 'tangles'.
Many people find that starting a Zentangle is the hardest part. Sometimes, you try to draw a string but it just won't come out right. You end up spoiling the paper or 'tile' by constant erasing.
This page is full of Zentangle templates—basic strings for you to print out and transfer to your preferred paper. You will find some suggestions of tangles to use and resources to other sites. I have also included some completed examples, that you are welcome to print out and color in.
Please feel free download and print anything on this page for your own personal use. If you publish your completed work, it would be nice if you would link back to this page.
Right click on any graphic and then left click "Save As". Choose a location on your computer to save the image, then you can print them out when you desire. If you need to resize an image, there are several free editing programs available. Irfanview is a good one.
Supplies Required for Zentangle
- As you can see, the supplies you need for creating Zendoodles are minimal. That's what makes it such a great hobby. It's simple, portable and beautiful.
- Paper/sketchbook - Moleskines are ideal.
- Pencil, eraser, and sharpener.
- Fine liner pen - Sakura Pigma Microns are highly recommended.
- Paper stump to use with your pencil for shading.
- If you are printing out these designs, you will also need graphite transfer paper - see below.
Using Graphite Transfer Tracing Paper
- Print out these Zendoodle templates, lay an appropriately sized piece of transfer paper, graphite side down, on your sketchpad or watercolor paper.
- Place the printout on top, face up.
- Use a little paper tape (masking tape) to prevent the paper 'sandwich' from moving about.
- Using a sharp pencil or ballpoint pen, trace over the template so that the design is transferred.
- You can use your transfer paper several times.
Simple Zentangle string. Using your black fine liner pen fill some spaces and leave others empty. When you have finished, erase the pencil lines and add some shading to give depth and dimension.
- Print out this grid.
- Tangle in the spaces and then tangle the grid itself.
- See my completed version below.
Do It However You Like
Use simple repetitive marks (tangles) to fill the spaces in your outlines. Here are some really easy ones to get you started.
Why not make your own sampler of tangles? All you need to do is divide a piece of good paper into 1-inch squares and fill with tangles as a quick reference any time you get stuck.
Tangle these Hands
This is a traced outline of a completed drawing. I have added the drawing below so you can have an idea of the kinds of tangles that work.
Zentangle in Motion
See the creation of a Zentangle from dots to string to tangles to shading... and back again.
I did this one a while back. I think it would look good with added detail in colored pencils. Above, you can see the original grid for this one, so you can even make your own version.
It's almost hard to believe that this simple grid is the basis of the complicated drawing above - except it isn't complicated at all!
Create Your Own Outlines and Strings
You can see that the basic structure of a Zentangle is very simple. You can freehand draw your own, or trace outlines of other drawings. Think about ways to incorporate Zentangle into your art - if you can draw faces, how about creating a girl with beautifully 'tangled' hair, or maybe a tree or a row of houses on a hill?
I promise you, once you get going, you will be addicted to making Zentangle-inspired art.