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How to Make a Cool Bullseye Tangle Drawing

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Here’s a quick post about how to make a bullseye tangle (Zentangle ®) drawing. It’s more of a technique, really. It’s so easy and is based on the idea of mandalas, but without all the mathy rules that mandalas seem to have.

I love how contained the bullseye looks with the tangling inside, and you can go geometric or loose with your tangling within the rings. It all looks good.

What you Need:

  • Compass
  • White card stock
  • Black markers thin and thick (I used Sharpies, but you can use Microns if you’re cooler than I am.)

Take your compass and draw a small circle in the middle of your paper.

Draw concentric circles going out- I didn’t measure mine, but you certainly can if you want to be precise. I drew 5 circles in all.

Bullseye drawing for tangle project

Go over your pencil lines with an Ultra Fine black marker (Very slowly! Be careful!) Erase any pencil lines that are showing.

Tangle in the rings. I tried to draw a good balance of darker and lighter, looser and more geometric patterns. Fill in any areas you want black with the fatter marker.

Bullseye Zentangle Project - It's actually totally easy, even though it looks hard

You are totally done. You are awesome. You rock. Don’t you love easy Zentangle projects?

Tips: If you don’t have a compass, you can use circular objects of different sizes to draw your circles. It’s just a bit trickier to figure out how to draw them evenly as you can’t see through bowls. I mean, I can’t. Maybe you can.

circleshapes

Oh, another thing you can do if you don’t feel like drawing circles right now is print out my printable on white card stock and draw from there! Please use white card stock. It looks and holds up so much better than plain old printer paper. Oh, whatever. I’m being snobby- if all you have is plain printer paper, go for it.

See my other tangle projects: 

Totally Easy Zentangle

Zentangle Patterns and Starter Sheets

Quick and Easy Tangle Drawing

Super Easy Zentangle project- using a bullseye drawing

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Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.

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  • Hi Jeanette,

    I was looking for an image that somehow represented tangling, and I very liked the hand-drawn scan of yours that you have above.

    The image is for a logo for a small free and open source software project: https://github.com/OrgTangle.

    Unfortunately, the way that logo is placed, cannot add your attribute on Github. But once I have a webpage ready, I will put your name attribute under the logo (as I can 100% control that website then).

    I hope this is alright.

    If not, please let me know, and I will remove this image from that logo immediately.