New Tangle for Valentine's Day - Zen Bud

Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching I decided to do a tangle for a "Zen bud". I love drawing flowers and little rose buds or (Zen buds) are one of my favorites. The heart is the basis for the leaves so it seems totally appropriate for this holiday.
  1. Draw a spiral, I like to put a dot at beginning and end, gives it style!
    Make sure your oval is long and narrow in depth, this is the top of your zen bud.
  2. Next draw a heart, one side should be smaller than the other. Make the smaller side "kiss the beginning of your oval.
  3. Next, draw a second heart around the first one. Make the inside heart look likes its wearing a cowl neck, you're giving your leaf a "collar", start the second heart close at the points and then exaggerate the line to form your collar and pull it back in close to the inside "heart" for the end. You may have to elongate the bottom point line of your heart to meet the bottom of you bud, just play with it.
  4. Once you've completed your heart, outside and inside, then draw a "U" shape to form the curve of your bud base. It should start at one side of your heart, curve around the bottom, and then curve back up to meet the other side of your "heart" shape. You've now formed your outside leaves!
  5. Next, draw a short line starting at the outside curve of your spiral and draw down to meet the area that your "U" shape intersects with the outside petal. Remember to stop your line before the outside "collar" edge. You've now formed the inside of your "bud".
  6. Once your "Zen bud" is complete, draw a little "sepal", protection leaves, on the bottom. Just make a couple of pointed loops that begin from the same middle point and curve out.
Violรก, you've created your "Zen Bud"! (After all French is zee language of Love, no?)
This takes practice but once you get the rhythm down you can fill large areas for your Valentine. Vary the sizes and orientations of these little buds and repeat, repeat, repeat. It's important to not concentrate on precision with this tangle but the flow and variation. Have fun! 

I've included variations below, I like to shade them and add some little prickery vines and leaves. The shading adds to the "depth" of the bud. I like to shade the areas where one leaf is overlapping another. I accented those areas with line work also. Of course, adding a little color would be loverrrly too.  Play with them and Happy Valentine's Day!

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Straight forward line art, varying size and orientation
I added a little jeweled "heart string" for sweetness
Zen buds with shading and some
prickery rose vines and leaves added
sort of a "Hollibaugh" effect


  1. Hi - I like your zen bud - It's nice to see a new floral idea!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern! I like it so much.

  3. that's a beautiful rose. Thanks for sharing! {:-Deb

  4. I'm new to the zentangle world and can't wait to try your zen bud.

    Jodi :o)

  5. Oh my gosh! I love, love, love your zen bud. Can't wait to try it. Wish I could do it right now, but I have to design two cards and make up kits for my weekly stamping group! I've already got them designed in my head, but need to go do the rest of the work! Thanks again!

  6. Thanks all, it was fun to do my first official pattern!

  7. I really like this one --- thanks for sharing it. I especially like that you also shared some ideas on how to shade, I find that to be the hardest part.

  8. Very nice! Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Daniele...I love your zen buds. They are wonderful and your instructions are great. Thank you!

  10. lovely, with some practice, I'll manage! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I'm a little late but linked us to your site on how to make zen buds . They are really neat .

  12. I'm on this like lint on cotton. Super dupper.

  13. Lovin this! Just discovered Tangles this and calming!


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