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Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition to help you select tangles. See Page 6 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings.

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Tangle Refresher 126 – Featuring thoughts about contrast

Tangle Refresher!Today’s thoughts worth repeating come from Tangle Refresher 101 from a year ago.

Although Zentangle® art is not subject to formalized “art rules” for things like shading and perspective and so on, there are some principles that simply make for more elegant results.

Contrast is one of those principles. There are many ways to create contrast in your Zentangle art, these are a few that pop to mind:

  • dark – light
  • large – small
  • straight – curved
  • thick – thin
  • simple – complex

What ways can you think of to contrast tangles? Share in the comments!

Here’s your Zentangle thought for today: “Keep in mind that contrasting tangles can have a dramatic effect.” See Maria’s beautiful example here.

In my view, the most elegant Zentangle art is the simplest.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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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.

BTW as you enjoy these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity for you to enjoy. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media.

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Striping Striping
Zentangle pattern: Antique. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Antique
Zentangle pattern: Sutygal. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Sutygal
Zentangle pattern: Jumu. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Jumu
Zentangle pattern: Arcodos. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Arcodos
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 98

More good stuff …


Perfect Holiday Gifts ...

TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGL GUIDE, 2016 Edition The current Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2015. It's a must-have tool for using the site.
Visit 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 TanglePatterns.com 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 TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Remember you can get your official Zentangle supplies here too, including the fabulous new 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 Kit Another 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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