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TanglePatterns String 051

Before we get to our string for this week, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate TanglePatterns.com’s THIRD!!! Birthday with you. Three years ago today on May 4th, 2010, I started the site with the greeting, “Hello Zentangle® Zealots!”

Happy Birthday TanglePatterns!

From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your love and support and encouragement over the last three years. I’m honored by all your comments and emails, I treasure every one. It’s been so much fun and I look forward to many more years of Zentangle fun, learning, and inspiration as we share this wonderful Zentangle journey together. Thanks y’all!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming …

Here’s another String for your creative enjoyment and this one’s from yours truly. String 051 was based on two inspirations. The first was a post on the Zentangle blog by Maria Thomas called “Line ’em Up” where she writes,

Whenever I am confronted with [difficulty in creating strings], I resort to something real simple . . . stripes! . . . lines, ribbons, pipes, moldings, borders … There is a basic simplicity of tangling within the string of a stripe and then shading on the outer edges to tie it all together. … This is also a fun exercise/challenge to do with tangles that you wouldn’t immediately think of as “border” tangles.

And Maria includes wonderful examples to get your creative juices going.

The second inspiration is today’s Birthday, hence three simple diagonal stripes. I was so tempted to draw candles, but I resisted the urge  … Combining these two inspirations, you get today’s String 051.

Of course you know that Zentangle® strings are guidelines. You can use a string exactly as it is or adapt it 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.

Please help our community’s String resource grow by sending me yours to share. Remember to keep them simple, Zentangle strings are not elaborate or complicated. For your convenience, below there’s a link to a template to use if you’d like.

TanglePatterns String 051

Right click and SAVE to your computer; then print. Remember – no rulers! Draw your stripes freehand and once you add the tangles, any wobblies will disappear. Pinning of any content from this site is not permitted. Thank you for respecting these rights.

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

Reminders:

  • Important: Strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so they magically disappear into your completed Zentangle.
  • Use any string over and over again with different tangles.
  • There are so many tangles available that your Zentangles will always be different even using the same string.
  • Or use it with only one tangle – a monotangle.
  • Usually each string will have many options.
  • The Border (if one is given) is also a suggestion – use it, change it, or ignore it. It’s your art.
  • And remember, in Zentangle there’s no right-side-up!

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TanglePatterns.com STRING GUIDES, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Sure you can download the strings from the site but this saves you tons of time and as always your purchase helps keep TanglePatterns going and growing.

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TanglePatterns.com STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 1: Strings 001-050 VOLUME 1 - STRINGS 001-050. An eBook describing the importance of Strings in Zentangle® and compiling the first 50 strings from the site’s resource. Strings are given in two formats to jump-start your Zentangle creativity: two pages contain “at-a-glance” size images of all 50 strings, followed by full-size traceable images. Additional String suggestions by several CZTs are also provided.
TanglePatterns.com STRING GUIDE, Volume 2 (Strings 51-100)
TanglePatterns.com STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 3: Strings 101-150 VOLUME 2 - STRINGS 051-100. A 24-page PDF eBook describing the importance of Strings in Zentangle® and compiling the second group of 50 strings (Strings 051-100) from the site’s resource. Strings are given in two formats to jump-start your Zentangle creativity: three pages contain “at-a-glance” size images of all 50 strings, followed by 13 pages of full-size traceable images. Additional String suggestions by several CZTs are also provided. ADDITIONAL BONUS! Volume 2 contains blank String Organizers for you to record your own strings.
TanglePatterns.com STRING GUIDE, Volume 3 (Strings 101-150)
TanglePatterns.com STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 3: Strings 101-150 VOLUME 3 - STRINGS 101-150. A 24-page PDF eBook describing the importance of Strings in Zentangle® and compiling the third group of 50 strings (Strings 101-150) from the site’s resource. Strings are given in two formats to jump-start your Zentangle creativity: three pages contain “at-a-glance” size images of all 50 strings, followed by 13 pages of full-size traceable images. Additional String suggestions by several CZTs are provided and this volume also contains more blank String Organizers for you to record your own strings.
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TanglePatterns.com STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 4: Strings 151-200 VOLUME 4 - STRINGS 151-200. A 24-page PDF eBook describing the importance of Strings in Zentangle® and compiling the third group of 50 strings (Strings 151-200) from the site’s resource. Strings are given in two formats to jump-start your Zentangle creativity: three pages contain “at-a-glance” size images of all 50 strings, followed by 13 pages of full-size traceable images. Additional String suggestions by several CZTs are provided and this volume also contains more blank String Organizers for you to record your own strings.
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