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What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher
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Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings.


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Tangle Refresher!Here’s a great suggestion from the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas …

Every once in a while, it’s good to revisit our roots . . . remind ourselves of the beauty, simplicity and comfort of an original Zentangle. So if you’re not already doing this, we encourage you to touch base with the core of Zentangle from time to time.

One way to do this is recreate a simple Zentangle (maybe a variation of your first one) and remember the thrill of creating this tiny work of art for the first time.

How about it? Let’s take time this weekend to revisit the core of Zentangle by recreating just one simple tile.

Can’t find your first tile and need suggestions for tangles? How about the Zentangle-original classics: Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Bales and/or Printemps. And use a simple Z or X for your string.

I’m willing to bet you’ll be astonished and delighted at your growth from that first tile, and reminded that all you need is a pencil for your string and shading, a black 01 Micron pen, and a 3.5-inch square white tile. Less is more.

If you need a reminder of the honest-to-goodness basics, visit the ZENTANGLES > WHAT IS A ZENTANGLE? page on the top menu bar of the site.

From the "Beginning Zentangle" booklet in the Official Kit

Honest-to-Goodness Zentangle facts. From the “Beginning Zentangle” booklet in the Official Kit

The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too. Zenful tangling!

BTW as you visit these tangles please Tweet or “like” them on Facebook so they get shared with a wider audience. Sharing links are on the left side of each pattern’s page. Thanks!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: PendrillsPendrills
Zentangle pattern: CiceronCiceron
Zentangle pattern: CaylaCayla
Zentangle pattern: PippinPippin
Zentangle pattern: RipplesRipples
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year agoTangle Refresher 58

More good stuff …

Enhance your Zentangle experience ...

Current Edition! TANGLE GUIDE, 2019 Edition TANGLE GUIDE - 2019 Edition

The 8th Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download 72-page (40 MB) interactive digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2018. Containing over 1,000 tangles, it's a must-have tool for using the site.

"Linda, Thank you! I was relying on too few and getting stuck after 3 years of daily working with Zentangle. This has inspired me to ‘begin again’ with renewed excitement." ~ Barbara R.

See the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support by getting your copy now!
GIFT ORDERS: To give the TANGLE GUIDE as a gift, visit this page to place your gift order.
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER: This is the only Zentangle book you'll ever need: the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H

The Official Zentangle KitAnother great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

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