What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.


All contents of this website are Copyright © 2010 - 2016 Linda Farmer, TanglePatterns.com, and artists where named, and protected by United States and international copyright laws.
Copying content in any form other than for your own personal offline reference, is EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.


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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Untangling your questions …

Often I receive emails asking questions that are answered in various places on the site so I put together this page to guide folks to the answers to all the most frequently asked questions.

Be sure to visit all the pages located on the top menu bar, there is a wealth of useful information there.

1. How do I become a Certified Zentangle® Teacher?

Zentangles > Teaching Zentangle > How to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher

2. How do I find a CZT® near me?

The link to the list of active Certified Zentangle Teachers is located on every page in the left sidebar under the SOURCE WEBSITES heading.

3. How do I submit a pattern to TanglePatterns for consideration?

A pattern is not always a tangle – what makes a pattern a tangle? Here are some guidelines:

4. How do I subscribe to the free TanglePatterns email?

5. How do I change my subscription email address?

6. How do I unsubscribe from the emails?

  • All electronic subscriptions you sign up for, regardless of where they come from, contain the links to UNSUBSCRIBE at the bottom of every email you receive.
  • If you subscribed to all three newsletters (Daily, Comments, Weekly Digest), each one is a separate subscription and each one must be unsubscribed individually.
  • If you are going on vacation you can temporarily pause your subscription by using the “change your preferences” link at the bottom of your recent email from TanglePatterns.

7. How do I get a copy of the TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE?

  • Visit the STORE > EBOOKS page for more information and to purchase the GUIDE
  • Once downloaded, TanglePatterns eBooks cannot be refunded.

8. How can I get a replacement for a lost eBook file?

Due to the alarming frequency of requests to replace lost files and the personal time involved in handling these requests, the file will not be replaced free. Paraphrasing Canadian artist Robert Genn, I’d love to do it, but I’d need an extra week tacked onto every day. A new copy can be purchased from the STORE > EBOOKS page. Your purchase helps keep this free resource going and growing, and is most appreciated.

9.  Where do I find the free downloadable templates?

I’ve created a variety of templates for recording and organizing tangle patterns and learning their steps, they’re located here:

10. What do I need to know about selling my Zentangle-inspired products?

  • Everything you need to know about creating Zentangle-Inspired Art or Products is here on Zentangle.com
  • The free eBook, Copyright 101: Know Your Rights for crafters and artists, is available from Interweave Publications – anyone who is thinking about selling their products should have a copy of this free booklet and refer to it often.

11. How should I scan my Zentangle art for online posting?

12. I’m having problems viewing images on my computer, can you help?

Chances are your browser or virus software is the cause of this issue. My recommendation – use another browser. Try Firefox, it’s free and it’s very good. I’ve used it for many years and have never had a single problem.

  • Check your browsers to make sure they’re the latest versions and that their security settings are not blocking the images.
  • Your virus software may also be blocking them.
  • Try searching Google for the problem you’re having, you may find a solution there.
  • One reader discovered “there is a little box in the upper corner that says ‘allow’ but that little box doesn’t come up right away so you have to wait for it”. That might be the solution.

13.  Is there a way to print the instructions for each pattern without having to click on each one and print one at a time?

Short answer, no. There will never be a “how to draw” compilation of the steps because each pattern creator owns the copyright to their instructions and illustrations. Publishing by anyone else is copyright infringement. Digital theft is also unethical. It amounts to stealing their ideas, their images and their hard-earned website traffic. For more thoughts on this, please click on the “Artists For Respect” logo in the left sidebar.

That is why I link to the pattern originator’s site and don’t publish the steps on TanglePatterns unless they have been sent to me for that purpose. And the pattern originator still owns the steps images, so I can’t legally publish them in another form.

You may download steps and images to use for your own personal reference, however any other use especially commercial use including reproduction (ie. publishing your own version of their steps) or publishing in any form, without the owner’s express written permission, is illegal.

My recommendation: draw the steps for yourself using one of the free templates located on the DOWNLOADS page – that way you will really learn the tangle AND have your own drawing for future reference.

Using the patterns in your art is not copyright infringement, please read #10 above.

14. Can I publish or post steps or create videos showing how to draw other people’s patterns?

Only if you have obtained the creator’s (copyright holder) permission FIRST. In addition to being common courtesy and the right thing to do, their rights are protected by copyright law.

The reason people post the steps on their own websites is because they have gone to the considerable trouble of creating that work so that people will visit THEIR website to see that piece and whatever else their sites have to offer.

So effectively by posting their work by unauthorized copying, you are stealing their visitors and infringing their rights protected by copyright law.

While you are free to draw those steps for your own personal use, or even link to the steps on the owner’s site (as I do on TanglePatterns), you may not publish or post the steps without getting permission from the copyright holder. You can of course post your drawings incorporating the patterns, but not the steps. BTW – simply citing that you have permission is not sufficient, you must actually obtain permission.

There is more information about copyright you should be aware of above in #10. And if you click on the ARTISTS FOR RESPECT image in the left sidebar you can read more on this subject from some noted internet-based artists.

15. How can I send you something by mail?

Linda Farmer, TanglePatterns.com, PO Box 31146, Palm Beach Gardens FL 33420.


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