What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Tangle Refresher 34

Tangle Refresher!Shading Your Tangles

One of the final steps in the Zentangle® ceremony is adding a touch of shading to give dimension and drama to your tile. As Zentangle founders Rick and Maria are fond of saying, “Life is not just black and white.” A light touch of pencil shading here and there, gently blended with a tortillion, adds that bit of grey contrast that ties the whole tile together in a pleasing outcome. A bit of shading makes some tangles literally pop off the tile.

Some of you have requested help with shading your Zentangles and Zentangle-inspired creations. In an upcoming Shading Mini-Clinic on TanglePatterns, two guest contributors will be collaborating to give us all some tips and guidance. And in order to get this feature underway I need some help from you because we need some samples to work with.

If you would like to participate in this mini-clinic, please email me your specific questions about your shading dilemmas. You may also include a high-resolution (300 dpi) jpeg scan of a maximum of two UNSHADED Zentangle tiles you would like guidance on. Submissions should be emailed to me by next Friday, that gives you a whole week to write out your questions and scan your tiles.

Here’s a recap of how to participate – email the following to me ( linda [at] tanglepatterns [dot] com ) by next Friday, September 28th:

  1. specific question(s) about your shading dilemmas
  2. optional – a maximum of two completed but unshaded Zentangle tiles, scanned at 300 dpi in black and white. Please save your scans as jpeg files and email them as attachments.
  3. your name and location (will be kept private if you prefer)

Thanks all! Look forward to getting your input for this upcoming feature and together we’ll learn more about shading.

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Tangle Refreshers can remind you of patterns you might not have used for a while or introduce you to patterns you might not have come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year ago for your tangling pleasure. Happy tangling!

Buried Treasure from a year ago

Zentangle pattern: MEER

Zentangle pattern: Hugs and Kisses Hugs and Kisses
Zentangle pattern: Barberpole Barberpole
Zentangle pattern: Dust Bunny Dust Bunny
Zentangle pattern: Bilt Bilt
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 6

More treasures …

I recently added a new FAQ page on the ABOUT menu at the top of the page. Check it out and if you have questions, perhaps the FAQ page will direct you to the answers!

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