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Tangle Refresher 196 – Adding glorious color to your ZIAs, our random string, plus how to draw Squid, D’eneh, Dreamdex, Plingh, Papz

tn-marie-browning-zia-tombow-dual-brush-pensToday as we seek out Buried Treasure on the site we’re revisiting a fabulous tutorial from CZT Marie Browning entitled “Adding glorious color to your ZIA projects”.

Marie’s tutorial was prompted by an email from a new tangler seeking guidance on adding color to her art and the tutorial is as relevant today for tanglers, whether new or experienced, as it was four years ago.

Here’s the introduction from the original tutorial:

“Greetings my dear tangling friends, it’s Linda here with an awesome new tutorial to enhance your Zentangle® art. So select your beverage of choice and settle into a comfy chair.

Recently I received an email from new tangler Julie K, who wrote:

“TanglePatterns is a spectacularly awesome resource and I thank you for the site and for all of your work to help fellow tanglers. I’m quite new to Zentangle with no artistic background and find myself overwhelmed with the possibilities for adding color to my work. … Any question you can think of for adding color, I have it and would love some guidance.”

Naturally since she’s the author of one of my favorite Zentangle books, Time to Tangle with Colors, I immediately thought of Canadian CZT Marie Browning. I was so excited when Marie readily agreed to write this TanglePatterns tutorial as an introduction to adding color to your Zentangle-inspired projects.

Thanks to Julie for her questions and MANY thanks to Marie for generously sharing her expertise on the subject. As she encourages in Time to Tangle with Colors, “Unleash your inner child” with color!

And now we turn the page over to Marie for her advice and her glorious, colorful Zentangle-inspired art …

You’ll find Marie Browning’s excellent, detailed tutorial here: “Adding glorious color to your ZIA projects“. And while you’re there, don’t miss all the helpful input from our community in the comments, even share your own experience if you like 🙂

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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 029 is from Aussie tangler Sue Zanker and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 029

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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 (now available in paperback for $23.95) 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: Squid. 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.Squid
Zentangle pattern: D'eneh. 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.D’eneh
Zentangle pattern: DreamDex. 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.Dreamdex
Zentangle pattern: Plingh. 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.Plingh
Zentangle pattern: Papz. 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.Papz
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year agoTangle Refresher 168

More good stuff …

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Zentangle Primer Volume 1NOW AVAILABLE 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.
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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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