Learn how to draw this Zentangle pattern: the Tangle Machy-Wachy

Aug 4, 2021 | English, Practice, Tangles

How many times have you thought that you can’t draw or can’t draw as well as what you see others do? Yet, I want to show you how easy it can be to learn how to draw. In a couple of easy steps, you can learn how to draw the tangle Machy-Wachy.

What is the Zentangle Method?

You can draw beautiful images with the Zentangle Method by following simple steps and drawing structured patterns called Tangles. This method is relaxing and enjoyable to learn.

Zentangle art does not depict anything and is spontaneous, so you can enjoy each line and not stress about the outcome. Zentangle art has no orientation or direction.

In Zentangle, we use small paper pieces, called tiles, to draw tangles on. These pieces of paper are called tiles because we can put the tiles together like mosaics.

With the Zentangle Method, you will likely enjoy increased focus, creativity, self-confidence and well-being.

Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are the founder of the Zentangle Method and you can learn more about it on zentangle.com.

What is a tangle?

Tangles are patterns we draw with dots, lines, curves, S-curves and orbs. These are the basic strokes in Zentangle art.

There are many different types of tangles, some more organic, others more geometric. Some that look like they are blooming and others that look like some kind of textures.

You don’t have to know what the tangle looks like beforehand to draw it, you just need to know the steps.

It doesn’t take long to draw a tangle.

Le Tangle Machy-Waxchy

There is a fun story behind this pattern or “Tangle” as we say in the Zentangle® Method.

As you may (or may not) know, English is not my first language. In my classes, I often ask my students questions about some words or idioms. I always love to learn ways to improve my English or discover new vernacular and cultural quirks.

I am passionate about learning about cultures, languages, and stories that make our whole world so incredible in its diversity.

One day, as I was introducing this new pattern I had come up with in class, we discussed the expression “wishy-washy”. I had heard it but did not know what it meant.

Unfortunately, and it ended up being quite funny, I could not remember how to say it. I kept trying different ways of saying: “wachy-wachy” “woshy-washy” etc. At first, my students didn’t even not know what I was trying to say!

You have to know that, for me, the difference, in sound, between the “sh” and the “ch” sound is so close as to be nill, notably due to my hearing loss.

My students had a blast trying to figure out what I meant and then explain it and spell it for me.

It was such a wonderful time and a precious memory as we talked and drew together.

When it was time to name this tangle, I knew I had the perfect name for it.

Thus was born Machy-Wachy.

And it takes only a few steps to learn how to draw the tangle Machy-Wachy.

LEARN How to draw THE TANGLE Machy Wachy

  • You start with two parallel lines. I tend to draw them horizontally but you can do it vertically if it is easier.
  • Then you draw a series of perpendicular lines. The lines alternate. One that starts from the top line and stops a little bit short of the bottom line. The next one starts from the bottom line and stops a little bit short of the top line. You continue this step until you have reached the end of the first two parallel lines you drew. Up to this point, it is like the Tangle Doo Dah (You can find instructions on how to draw it here).
  • The next step is where it becomes a “tangleation” of Doo Dah. You now add diagonal lines to the lines you just drew. It will create triangles.
  • Finally, you fill these triangles (or not).

That’s it! Simple, right?

Here is an image of the Step-outs (or step-by-step instructions) of Machy-Wachy

How to draw Machy-Wachy

Maintenant, amusez-vous bien avec Machy-Wachy et si vous avez envie d’en essayer un autre je vous propose d’essayer le tangle Finegogh.

Are you just starting with the Zentangle Method? You can also try ArtsAmuse’s mini-course to help you start being even more creative.

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