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Tangle Refresher 165 – Featuring pumpkins, a random string and how to draw Opus, Hollyhock, K-Leesi, Curly-Q, Fluxogee

Tangle Refresher!It’s officially the Fall season in North America and pumpkins are everywhere. So today I’m sharing a post from the past to help inspire you to tangle a pumpkin, or a whole family of them.

In this 7-minute video, CZT® Suzanne McNeill demonstrates how to use a Uchida DecoColor Paint Marker to tangle a pumpkin.

According to the manufacturer, DecoColor oil-based paint markers have permanent opaque paint “with exclusive pigmented brilliance”.

Uchida DecoColor Paint PensThese paint markers write on most surfaces like, glass, metal, stone, wood, papers, mirrors, porcelain and clay. The paint is opaque, oil based, lead free, acid free, lightfast, weatherproof, pigmented and contains xylene.

The Uchida paint markers are available in 30 different colors if you want to go beyond the black and white palette of Zentangle®.

Suzanne’s demonstration may be just the thing to kick your seasonal creativity up a notch. Enjoy!

Sakura also makes paint markers that you might like to try for similar projects. CZT® Leslie Crumpler recently demonstrated those here in this video on TanglePatterns.

Suzanne also recommends her Design Originals Pumpkin Patch for more seasonal design ideas.

Visit the original post here for some helpful tips in the comments about tangling pumpkins.

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And now for our random String of the Week.

As usual I used the RANDOM TANGLE SELECTOR in the left sidebar (desktop version of the site) to choose this TanglePatterns String. You can either use it with today’s Buried Treasure or use it as a starting point for your day’s tangling.

TanglePatterns String 223 is from Annette Plaga-Lodde and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 223. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Remember that Zentangle strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so that they magically disappear when you’ve finished tangling the tile.

A string is a simple device to “divide your drawing surface into sections to be filled with tangles“.

In the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 there is an entire section devoted to Strings which in part explains:

As you tangle, your strings disappear as if by magic. This adds to the charm and unified appearance of your completed art. If you had used a pen to draw your string, you would still see the initial sectioning in your completed creation.

Strings are not intended to be the focal point of your tile.

More String advice from The Book of Zentangle:

A string is a useful reference, but it is not an impenetrable barrier. Practice going outside your string. It will help increase your ability to think outside the box.

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

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Opus. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Opus
Zentangle pattern: Hollyhock. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Hollyhock
 Zentangle pattern: K-Leesi. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. K-Leesi
Zentangle pattern: Curly•Q. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Curly•Q
Zentangle pattern: Fluxogee. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Fluxogee
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 137

More good stuff …

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Over 1,000 tangles! TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2017 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE - 2017 Edition The newest Edition of my TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download 54-page digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2016. With over 1,000 tangles, it's a must-have tool for using the site.
Visit the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and to 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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