What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2014 Edition to help you select tangles. See Page 4 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings.


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TanglePatterns String 002

TanglePatterns.com STRINGSHere’s the second String for your use and creative enjoyment.

Bear in mind that Zentangle® strings are guidelines. You can use them exactly as they are or adapt them to suit as your Zentangle grows. Start with the string as it’s shown, then as you go combine sections if your tangles want to, or divide a section into smaller ones. Go with the flow and enjoy.

The Border is also a suggestion – use it, change it, or ignore it. It’s your art!

Please help our community’s String resource grow by sending me yours to share. For your convenience, below there’s a link to a template to use if you’d like.


Right click to download and print

Lightly pencil the border and string on your tile, and you’re good to go tangling. Enjoy!

Remember too, that you can use any of these strings over and over again. There are so many tangles available that your Zentangles will always be different even using the same string.

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13 comments to TanglePatterns String 002

  • Kimberly J

    Thank you so much for adding strings. Strings are the hardest part for me.

  • Bethany

    Reminds me of the seams on a basketball!

  • I appreciate the strings, too. I have a tendency to create the same, or at least similar, string every time and don’t realize it until I am tangling along. Thank you.

  • Eileen

    The string is so faint I can’t see it properly. I’ve saved it & printed it, still faint.
    I know we draw them lightly on our work, but as an example could you please give a stronger outline.

  • Eve

    As a rookie to zentangle, I, too, find these strings helpful! I have a tendency to make too many spaces to fill in and then the design doesn’t look like anything close to the zentangle!! :(

  • Donna

    Is anyone else having a problem seeing the string? I even downloaded it and I can’t see it – just the border around the image…

  • PAT

    I am curious…. I thought a string was to be one continuous “string”. However, this looks like four separate strings.

  • CarynLynn

    it is faint this time

  • Linda Farmer

    Just darkened it up a bit, should be better now.

  • Jill Pike

    I’ve had a lot of fun with what you might call “canned strings” found in the Shapes menu of MS Word. Go to the Insert tab and select Shapes. Voila! You have a huge variety of ready made shapes to fill with fun tangles! If you set the outlines to be a medium pale blue they hardly show at all when tangled.

    Happy tangling!

  • Eileen

    Thanks,Linda,can see it now.

  • I really like this string. the way curves offer lots of possibilities for creating depth. thx

  • Lorraine, UK

    Thank you for this new string. I too couldn’t see it and even after Linda made it darker (thanks Linda!) it’s still faint, to be honest. One tip for others in the same boat – if you highlight the whole image you can see the string clearly in negative, which will allow you to re-draw it.

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