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Tangle Refresher 185 – Honoring CZT Billie Lauder and her Tangle Folk. Featuring our random string, plus how to draw Finery, Pezember, Lily-Eyes, Spoolies, Puffy 8’s

Almost four years ago Portland, Oregon CZT Billie Lauder shared her delightful Tangle Folk with us, showing how simple it is to draw these continuous line Zentangle®-inspired figures in just six easy steps.

Last week I received the sad news that Billie passed away. To honor Billie and her sweet Tangle Folk, today we are revisiting her original post – please give Billie’s Tangle Folk a whirl and give thanks for the charming gift Billie shared with all of us. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Billie’s Tangle Folk are another creative way for tanglers of all ages to relax and have fun using a few simple tangles in some unique Zentangle-inspired art!

As you dress your Tangle Folk with tangles, “it’s fun to see what happens with them as they do have personalities.” Here are some of Billie’s examples.

For more of Billie’s examples and her six easy steps for drawing her Zentangle-inspired continuous line Tangle Folk, visit this page on TanglePatterns. You can also locate this tutorial any time on the TUTORIALS tab on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar.

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Many tanglers like to use these biweekly Tangle Refreshers as their Zentangle® challenge-of-the-day.

Using the RANDOM TANGLE SELECTOR in the left sidebar this TanglePatterns String was selected for today – either to go with today’s Buried Treasure or just to use as a starting point for your day’s tangling.

Think of this as your tangle Challenge, if you’re so inclined. TanglePatterns String 181 is from tangler Nancy Eaton and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 181. 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 (now available in paperback for $19.95):

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.

To download eBooks containing all 250 TanglePatterns Strings, visit the STORE > EBOOKS page.

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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: Finery. 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. Finery
Zentangle pattern: Pezember. 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. Pezember
Zentangle pattern: Lily-eyes. 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. Lily-Eyes
Zentangle pattern: Spoolies. 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. Spoolies
Zentangle pattern: Puffy 8's. 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. Puffy 8’s
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 157

More good stuff …

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Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Don't miss 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 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.

5 comments to Tangle Refresher 185 – Honoring CZT Billie Lauder and her Tangle Folk. Featuring our random string, plus how to draw Finery, Pezember, Lily-Eyes, Spoolies, Puffy 8’s

  • Wanda

    So sorry to lose Billie. Every creative person is of so much value in our sometimes frustrating and troubling world. Art gives joy to others and brings joy to the creator. This is its wonderful magic. Thank you, dear Billie for giving us your splendid folk. They have given me much joy and laughter.

  • Leslie Burge

    I didn’t know that we had lost Billie. The Tangle Folk are amazing and I have spent hours giggling over the magic they brought to the times I have been with my granddaughters. Thank you Billie and Thank you Linda for letting us know of her passing and honoring her.

  • Joan Stark

    Such sad news. Yet Billie lives on within her clever and whimsical tanglefolk. She’ll be remembered. Thank you Linda for letting us know.

  • Sad news at the start.

    But a great string with beautiful patterns. As you wrote it’s a challenge-of-the-day encouraging me to take my zentangle material and to draw.

  • Sandy Hunter

    I only just saw this and I’m so sad to hear it. Met Billie a couple of times and she was always very nice to me. My mom was in ICU and Billie gave me one of her quilting books with her own notes written all over it to give to my mom, who is an avid quilter. I’ll never forget that she was kind and helpful to me when I needed it most.

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