Are you looking for a new creative outlet to relieve stress and improve focus? Look no further than the Zentangle® Method, a meditative art form that involves creating intricate designs using structured patterns. One of these structured patterns or Tangles is Finegogh, a beautiful and versatile pattern that can be adapted to suit any style or skill level. Learn how to draw the tangle Finegogh.

If you’re new to the Zentangle Method, don’t worry! Finegogh is a great pattern to start with because it’s easy to learn and can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking to create a simple black and white design or want to experiment with color and shading, Finegogh is a great choice. With a little practice, you’ll be able to create stunning works of art that will amaze your friends and family.

So why wait? Start exploring the world of Zentangle today and discover the joy of creating beautiful, intricate designs with Finegogh and other popular tangles. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, there’s never been a better time to start your Zentangle journey.

ArtsAmuse Finegogh on Renaissance tile
Finegogh on a Renaissance tile

Understanding the Zentangle Method

If you’re interested in learning the new tangle Finegogh based on the Zentangle Method, it’s essential to understand the basics of the method. 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 now a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.

History and Origin

Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas had the idea for the Zentangle Method in late 2003 and officially started teaching the method in 2004.

They both realized that drawing was meditative and calming. At onnce they started experimenting with drawing patterns and found that it was a great way to relax and focus. They developed the Zentangle Method as a way to share this experience with others.

Principles and Philosophy

The Zentangle Method is based on simple principles:

  1. One stroke at a time
  2. No expectation
  3. No mistakes

The method is designed to be easy to learn and accessible to everyone. It’s not about creating a perfect drawing but about the process of creating it. The Zentangle Method is rooted in mindfulness and encourages you to focus on the present moment.

The Zentangle Method is also about embracing imperfections. There are no mistakes in Zentangle, only opportunities to create something beautiful. The method encourages you to let go of your expectations and embrace the process of creating.

In conclusion, the Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Understanding the history and principles of the method can help you get the most out of your Zentangle practice.

Tangle Minimalist Shaded
Finegogh – minimalist shaded

Getting Started with Zentangle

If you’re new to the Zentangle Method, welcome to the wonderful world of creativity! Here are a few tips to help you get started:


To get started with Zentangle, you’ll need a few basic supplies, including:

  • A pen and a pencil
  • A piece of paper
  • A tortillion or blending stump (optional)

Basic Steps

The Zentangle Method is based on a few basic steps. There are 8 steps in the Zentangle Method

  1. Appreciation and Gratitude
  2. Draw 4 dots in the corner of your paper.
  3. Draw a border connecting the dots:
  4. Draw a string or a few lines to create sections on your paper.
  5. Draw tangles in the sections created by your string.
  6. Shade your tangles to add depth and dimension.
  7. Sign and initial your work.
  8. Appreciate what you created.


People who practice with the Zentangle Method report many benefits, including:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Increased creativity and self-expression
  • Improved hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills


To learn more about the Zentangle Method and to get started, you can:

  • Take a class with a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
  • Purchase a Zentangle Kit or book
  • Explore the Zentangle website and community

Now that you have a basic understanding of the Zentangle Method, it’s time to start tangling! Remember, there are no mistakes in Zentangle, only opportunities for creativity.

Have fun and enjoy the process!

Finegogh transitions to Verdigogh
Finegogh morphing into Verdigogh (tangle deconstructed by Zentangle,Inc)

Introduction to the tangle Finegogh

If you’re looking to learn a new tangle, Finegogh is a great place to start. This tangle is based on the Zentangle Method, which is a relaxing and meditative way of creating beautiful, intricate designs. Finegogh was developed as a tangleation (variation) of the tangles Finery and Verdigogh which were deconstructed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

Origin of Finegogh

I teach my students the importance of curiosity and exploration. I find that exploring a tangle in depth allows us to internalize the steps and explore more ways to play with it. Often, it leads to new ways of tangling and sometimes variation of existing tangles. This is a great way to unleash your creativity.

Finegogh was born from a series of classes based on the tangle Verdigogh. I was inspired to deconstruct Finegogh when I was teaching the Tango technique, when two tangles dance together. That day, I used the tangles Finery and Verdigogh together on the tile that I was teaching my students. It became suddenly clear that I could draw a tangle that would have part of the steps from both tangles and become something new.

It did not have a name at first. Tangles usually are named so that we can share them with others or know what we are talking about when we talk to other Zentangle enthusiasts. A friend of mine, Anita Westing, when hearing the story came up with the name telling me this new tangle looked like a Finegogh.

Finegogh is a simple yet elegant tangle that can be used in a variety of ways. Learn the new tangle Finegogh!

how to Draw the tangle Finegogh

To learn how to draw the new tangle Finegogh, you’ll need a pen and a piece of paper. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by drawing a line, slightly curved or a slight S curve.
  2. Add an aura of that line and join it at the end of the line. An aura is the same element drawn slightly further away from the first element.
  3. Draw slight curved lines growing from the first line on each side and add a dot at the end.
  4. Draw auras of these lines (not the dots) on each sides of the curved lines you just drew.
  5. Connect the auras together with a curve or a slight S curve.
  6. Add another curved line and a dot in the center of the shapes created by connected the auras.

As you learn how to draw the tangle Finegogh, remember to take your time and focus on your breathing. The Zentangle Method is all about relaxation and mindfulness, so don’t rush the process. With practice, you’ll be able to create beautiful Finegogh designs that are both relaxing and satisfying to create.

Step-Outs Instructions
Finegogh Step-Outs

Advanced TIPS for drawing the tangle Finegogh

Once you have mastered the basic steps to learn the new tangle Finegogh, you can take your skills to the next level by changing the size of you lines and shapes, incorporating shading and highlighting. In this section, we will explore some more techniques for drawing the tangle Finegogh.

Adding shading and highlighting to your Finegogh tangle can give it depth and dimension. You can use a variety of shading techniques. Here are some tips for shading and highlighting your Finegogh tangle:

  • Use a pencil or pen to create shadows and blend it with your tortillon to add depth and dimensions.
  • Use white gel pens or pencils to add highlights to your tangle.
  • Change some parameters like scale or line weight to change the look of your tangle.

By using these techniques, you can have fun with the tangle Finegogh to see what else you can create with it.

Minimalist version of ArtsAmuse's Finegogh
Finegogh – minimalist version

Common Mistakes, Fears or Misconception and How to Avoid Them

As a beginner, there are common fears and misconceptions when learning how to draw a new tangle. Here are some common fears and misconceptions, and how you can avoid them:

# 1: Fear of Not Following the Steps

One of the most common fears that people have when learning a new tangle is feeling like they are not following the steps correctly. This common fear sometimes stops them from enjoying the process.

To avoid this feeling, make sure you know that even though you may not follow the steps exactly as they are, it may not matter in the end.

Sometimes the order of the steps does not work for us, and we feel like we want to draw them slightly differently.

Draw the steps the way it feels right to you. This is how new tangles are born sometimes.

Draw the steps the way the tangle is deconstructed (or the closest way you can) and see what works best for you.

Tangling is about exploration not about a fixed result.

Enjoying the process is what matters the most.

# 2: Fear of Using the Wrong Materials

Another common fear is the fear of using the wrong materials. There is no right or wrong material. If you feel like adding color, use one pen or another, go for it. This will make the drawing yours. Experiment with your drawing. It is a small piece of paper, you can always try it another way after.

# 3: Being Too Critical of Your Work

Finally, many people are too critical of their work when learning a new tangle. They may compare their work to others or feel like they are not good enough. Remember that Zentangle is a method of relaxation and self-expression, not a competition.

To avoid this, focus on the process of creating your tangle rather than the end result. Enjoy the process of drawing and don’t worry about making mistakes. Remember that every tangle is unique and beautiful in its own way.

By avoiding these common fears, mistakes or misconceptions, you can learn how to draw the tangle Finegogh with ease and enjoy the process of creating beautiful art.

ArtsAmuse's Finegogh and Lisa Chang's Gingo
Finegogh and Gingo (Lisa Chang, CZT)

Benefits of Learning the tangle Finegogh

Learning a new tangle like Finegogh can be a great way to expand your skills and creativity with the Zentangle Method. Here are some benefits of learning how to draw the tangle Finegogh or any other new tangle:

1. Increased Focus and Concentration

The Zentangle Method is known for its ability to help improve focus and concentration. Learning a new tangle like Finegogh can be a great way to challenge yourself and improve your ability to concentrate on the task at hand. By focusing on each stroke and line, you can train your mind to be more present and focused.

2. Enhances Creativity

Learning Finegogh can also help enhance your creativity. The Zentangle Method encourages experimentation and exploration, and learning a new tangle like Finegogh can help you discover new ways to create beautiful and unique designs. By incorporating Finegogh into your Zentangle practice, you can expand your creative skills and develop your own personal style.

3. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

The Zentangle Method is known for its therapeutic benefits, and learning a new tangle like Finegogh can help reduce stress and anxiety. By focusing on the repetitive patterns and strokes of Finegogh, you can enter a state of relaxation and calmness. This can be especially helpful during times of stress or anxiety.

4. Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Learning Finegogh can also help improve your hand-eye coordination. By practicing the precise strokes and lines of Finegogh, you can train your hand to be steadier and more precise. This can be helpful not only in your Zentangle practice but also in other areas of your life that require fine motor skills.

Overall, learning a new tangle like Finegogh can be a great way to enhance your Zentangle practice and improve your skills and creativity.

Resources for Further Learning

Now that you have learned the new tangle Finegogh, you might be interested in exploring more about the Zentangle Method. Here are some resources that can help you in your journey:

The official website of the Zentangle Method is a great place to start. You can find a lot of information about the method, its history, and the founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You can also find links to their social media accounts, where they share their latest work and inspiration. The website also has a shop where you can buy books, tiles, and other Zentangle-related products.

Other Online Tangles Resources

There are sites dedicated to Tangles such as It has a huge collection of tangle patterns, including the ones introduced by Rick and Maria, and the ones submitted by tanglers from all over the world. You can search for tangle patterns by name, artist, or type. The website also has a section on how to get started with the Zentangle Method, and very useful ebook.

Zentangle Mosaic App

The Zentangle Mosaic App is a social network for tanglers. You can share your work, get feedback, and connect with other tanglers from all over the world. The app also has a feature called “Explore,” where you can find inspiration and discover new tangle patterns. You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store.

Certified Zentangle Teachers

Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) are trained and authorized by Rick and Maria to teach the Zentangle Method. They offer classes, workshops, and private lessons, both in-person and online. You can find a list of CZTs on the website. Taking a class with a CZT can help you deepen your understanding of the method, and learn new techniques and tangles.


There are many books about the Zentangle Method, written by Rick and Maria, CZTs, and other tanglers. Some popular titles include “Zentangle Primer Vol 1”, “Joy of Zentangle,” “One Zentangle A Day,”. You can find these books on the website, on Amazon, or at your local bookstore.

A playful take on Finegogh
Finegogh, Sez (Zentangle, Inc) and Lilah Bean (Sandi Steen Bartholomew, CZT)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some popular tangle patterns that are based on the Zentangle Method?

Some popular tangles include Tipple, Printemps, Crescent Moon, and Hollibaugh. These tangles are designed to be easy to learn and can be used to create beautiful and intricate designs.

Practicing the Zentangle Method and how it relates to learning new tangle patterns?

The Zentangle Method is a simple and relaxing way to create beautiful art, drawing structured patterns called tangles. By learning new tangles, you can expand your artistic skills and create more complex designs.

How do you create a new tangle pattern based on the Zentangle Method?

As you practice with the Zentangle Method, you may start seeing patterns everywhere. You can learn to deconstruct the patterns you see in easy step-by-step instructions (also called Step-Outs) so others can learn how to draw these patterns too. There are online blank Step-outs Templates you can use to draw your deconstructed tangles step-by-step instructions.

What are the benefits of learning new tangle patterns in the Zentangle Method?

Learning new tangle patterns in the Zentangle Method has many benefits. It can help you expand your creative skills. It can also help you relax and reduce stress, as the Zentangle Method is designed to be a calming and meditative process. Additionally, learning new tangle patterns can be a fun and rewarding experience, as you explore new patterns and create beautiful art.

Creating a Zentangle repertory and how can it help with your practice?

To keep track of the new tangles you learn you can create a tangles repertory or index. As you explore online resources, take classes with CZTs or practice the Zentangle Method, you will expand your knowledge of tangles. By creating a tangle repertory, you will have a resource on hand every time you want to practice with the Zentangle Method.

Learn the new tangle Finegogh and more by checking my Tangles page or signing up to one of my workshops.

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