What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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The Book of Zentangle

The Book of ZentangleThe beautiful new coffee-table book, The Book of Zentangle®, created by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas is now available.

This is a book that ANYONE remotely interested in Zentangle would enjoy reading while learning so much from it, and you can order it here (or from the link below) from TanglePatterns.com.

As a special bonus, copies are signed by Rick and Maria and include a blank Zentangle tile to use as a bookmark – or for you to tangle.

Rick and Maria have been working on this project from their hearts for many years and at long last their self-published masterpiece is here to be treasured by all. They “describe in words and images how the Zentangle method began and how it works.”

The Book of Zentangle is not available on Amazon or in large bookstores. It is only available from CZTs (like me!) and from Zentangle.

This wonderful behind-the-scenes look at Zentangle includes the story of its origins, a description of the tools and the method, a discussion of the practice of Zentangle with exercises and projects, and fascinating stories and comments from Rick and Maria themselves. More than that, of course, it is filled with pages and pages of wonderful artwork for us all to be inspired by and aspire to.

For those who have been asking, The Book of Zentangle does not contain pattern how-tos with the exception of examples of steps for Rick’s Paradox and Cadent.

From their introduction, “A guidebook to Paris isn’t Paris; but when you visit Paris, you’ll enjoy it more with a good guidebook. This is a guidebook to Zentangle. It can help you awaken your ability, nourish your awareness, and find your way to a joy that has been there with you all along.”

The Book of Zentangle is a hardcover, high quality, coffee-table type book. It is 146 pages of offset printed heavy weight matte coated stock in a 6 x 9.5 inch horizontal format. List: $39.95 US, plus shipping.

Unless otherwise indicated in the book, the words are by Rick and the illustrations by Maria. The following are its contents and my notes.

First let me say that the illustrations in this book are magical, and there are so many of them to drool over. Not only will you get an appreciation of Maria’s artistry unlike anything you’ve seen before, you will want to study each and every one of them to see what you can learn by observation.

  • Foreword – by Carole Ohl, CZT
  • Introduction – with a beautiful botanical illustration of Fiddleheads, with a Zentangle tucked inside, by Maria
  • What is Zentangle? – A description of the practice and art form, and Zentangle as a life skill and approach to mindfulness
  • Origins – Maria describes her artistic beginnings as a child and her career with her wholesale/retail stationery company Pendragon Ink; Rick describes his career history in a broad range of interests including flute making, and how he and Maria met. They describe how Zentangle was born.
  • Method – The basic steps to the Zentangle method are described in detail and guidelines are also given
  • Tools – 10 excuses for not creating art and how Zentangle addresses each one. Why you should use the best tools you can for your art.
  • Zentangle as a Practice – reviews benefits of a Zentangle practice and some results to be gained. Gives advice on your approach to various aspects of the art form. Why a tangle is not a doodle. A discussion of perfection.
  • Exercises and Projects – (pages 71-75) ideas for tangling fun
  • Stories and Comments – (pages 77-91) pages of wonderful and interesting quotes from people who have sent Rick and Maria “testimonials” about how Zentangle has affected their lives
  • A Note From Rick and Maria
  • Appendix A – Resources and Information
  • Appendix B – Glossary
  • Credits
  • Notes – a fascinating section where Maria gives the back story on the illustrations in the book, interspersed with comments by Rick. You will get a charming glimpse into their sense of humor and their relationship.
  • Bibliography – oh boy! More books to study.
  • Index

List price for the book is $39.95. Book sales are final. Here are the costs including shipping for a single copy of the book:

  1. USA – $39.95 plus $8 shipping by USPS Priority Mail = $47.95
  2. Canada – $39.95 plus $16 shipping by USPS First Class Mail = $55.95
  3. All other Countries – $39.95 plus $24 shipping by USPS First Class Air = $63.95

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From the front inside dust jacket

“Rick and Maria are good company as they take you on a creative journey to a place of peace, empowerment, and unlimited potential through this introduction to Zentangle.

Novices and artists alike will be drawn to this easy art form and appreciate the effectiveness of Zentangle’s mindfulness process.

Zentangle nurtures the soul and encourages life enhancing outcomes. It is a pastime, a life skill, and a simple metaphor for life in a complex and busy world.

If you can’t sit on a pillow and meditate but you can hold a pen, Zentangle is the process of relaxation for you. This book is the perfect starting point to learn this relaxing method of creating beautiful artwork or to expand on what you already know.

Whether for fun, focus, meditation, or therapy, this art form has something for everyone. I tangle myself, teach it to my clients, and tangle with my family and friends.”

Meredith L. Yuhas, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Director, Counseling & Wellness Center
University of Saint Joseph
Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Zentangle Teacher

3 comments to The Book of Zentangle

  • I just received my copy today and I am so happy and psyched!!! It is BEAUTIFUL and so well written! I can’t thank you enough, Linda for the fabulous service and fast delivery! And to Rick & Maria for all their dedication and hard work, and a signed copy too!! Love, love, love to Tangle! It has not only changed but saved my life!! God Bless you all ~ PEACE & PRAYERS ALWAYS!

  • Heather Harris

    I received my copy of the Book of Zentangle two days ago! It is everything you say it is and more! I couldn’t put it down until I read the entire book in one sitting! What a joy to learn more about Rick and Maria, and how their Zentangle art form has come to mean so much to so many, especially in a healing context. Wish I had know about this during my career as a psychiatric nurse. I can see it’s transformational qualities that can reach “inside” of an aching heart and bring soothing joy and peace.
    God bless Rick and Maria, and all who are blessed by their artistic endeavors. I am self-taught with Zentangle, but have shared tangling with dozens of my friends, family, and church groups.

  • Linda, you have done a wonderful job with this review. I was among the 100 or so CZT students to receive the book, and I truly treasure it. I have read it cover to cover several times, and pick it up and browse through it several times a day. Having just met Rick and Maria, this book means even more to me. Everyone who wants to “know” them but can’t go to a seminar, really needs to have this book!

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