Dew Drop Tutorial

Dew Drop Tutorial


I recently posted this tile with the Dew Drop tangle enhancer (AKA tanglenhancer) on one of the many Facebook pages featuring Zentangle tiles and artwork. There was such a positive reaction to these dew drops that I’ve decided to post a tutorial on how to do them.

First of all let me explain what a tanglenhancer is. It is a technique which can be added or combined with a tangle to change or enhance it’s appearance. In the case of Dew Drops it gives the appearance of water drops on the surface of the tangle.

Here are the steps to reproduce Dew Drops.

Dew Drop 01a

Using pencil, define where the dew drops will be when drawing your string.

Dew Drop 02a

Using pen, draw your tangles as usual except stop and start the lines at the edges of the dew drops.

Shade all sections except the dew drops.

TIP: Tangles that are mainly constructed of lines are easier to create as Dew Drops. Remember this when choosing tangles for this purpose.

Dew Drop 03a

Using your pencil, shade the dew drops as described below:

  1. Dew Drop shading diagramLeave an area white for the highlight.
  2. Add a dark thin line to define the upper edge. Note: DO NOT outline the dew drop in pen.
  3. Lightly shade the middle of the dewdrop going almost to the the edge.
  4. Leave a lighter area along the edge opposite the highlight.
  5. Add a shadow to the outside of the dew drop opposite the highlight.

Variation: If you stop at this point the shapes will appear like pearls sitting on top of the tile.

Dew Drop 04a

The final step is to add the lines indicating the tangles underneath. Make sure NOT to draw over the white upper highlight.

TIP: You do not have to duplicate the exact number of lines from the tangle underneath. Start with the line(s) that would cross the middle of the dew drop. As you add lines just increase the space between them to be slightly more than the pattern underneath giving the illusion of magnification. Stop the lines just short of the dew drops edge.

With a little practice you too can enhance your tangles with Dew Drops.

31 Responses to Dew Drop Tutorial

  1. Oh! Oh! Oh! I just signed up to get posts by email, then decided to explore a bit. Thank you for this tutorial. These nice “pearls” and “dew-drops” have been my nemesis and envy. Now I can make them also!
    Thank You So Very Much!
    Best Wishes, Tracy

  2. It worked! I am so impressed!!! Thank you for a very simple explanation for something that actually worked!!!

  3. I was looking at your entwining tutorial (also great!) and saw reference to this on a comment ~
    Thank you!! This is awesome – Your directions are very clear and easy to understand -I will have to try this too!

  4. i was thrilled to find this tutorial! I have been wanting to learn how to create dew drops, but didn’t know where to learn how. Thank you so much!

  5. Relatively new to Zentangle and this is a wonderful tutorial. It makes me feel like an artist ;-).

  6. Wow!! I always wanted to know how to draw something like this. Thank you, I’ll give it a go.

  7. Thanks for sharing….I am new to tangling and am in love with it. My mind is like a sponge…..I can’t seem to absorb enough.

  8. Thank you so much for taking the time for sharing in such wonderful detail. Can’t wait to start “dew”ing a better job with this enhancer.

  9. Wow! This is so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this – and making it so easy to understand. You are the BEST!

  10. Dear Lynn,
    this is amazing. Thank you for sharing the secret of dewdrop (I tried it 2 times, but was “nothing”), so I stoped to try :-/ Thank you for changing my mind!

  11. This is the best tutorial on Dew Drops EVER. I love your work and can’t wait to see what you post next! Thank you for the wonderful resource!