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Why hasn’t my pattern been published?

As time goes by, it is an increasing challenge to develop new tangles that are magical, simple and easy to create. … We think pea-nuckle is just such a tangle. It’s made with only two elemental strokes. One is curved; one is straight. It is simple, yet its result is surprising.” ~ Rick Roberts, co-founder of Zentangle® along with his soulmate and artist and calligrapher extraordinaire, Maria Thomas.

Ornamental pattern-work, to be raised above the contempt of reasonable men, must possess three qualities: beauty, imagination, and order.” ~ William Morris

TanglePatterns is about Zentangle. For TanglePatterns I seek tangles of excellence that meet the standards set by Zentangle and keeping within their original intention for this art form. My goal for TanglePatterns has always been to showcase only the BEST tangles.

Not all tangles.

Only the best. The tangles that are “magical, simple and easy to create.” Tangles of elegance and simplicity. Non-representational patterns of repetitive stokes that are easy to teach and offer everyone a high degree of success in tangling.

I’m sure you can appreciate why “the rules” are important to this wonderful art form, and why I endeavor to uphold the standards Rick and Maria expect of all CZTs.

When I started TanglePatterns in 2010, I wasn’t a CZT yet but I studied closely every single word on zentangle.com and the Zentangle blog and made an effort to stick as close to my understanding of Rick and Maria’s original intention of the Zentangle Method as possible.

I became a CZT the following year and the day following the seminar I spent time with Maria at her home discussing exactly what makes a tangle for her, and what does not.

Before I added the “A pattern is not always a tangle” page to the site, I created a document and sent it to Maria for review to make sure I was correct about the qualifications.

I also consult with her on occasion seeking guidance on patterns submitted for consideration that I wasn’t planning to use and making sure I was on solid ground in my decision about why they didn’t qualify. Thus I have a pretty clear picture from the horse’s mouth, as it were (apologies Maria), of what is considered a tangle for Zentangle.

This means there were a few patterns already posted on TanglePatterns that in hindsight wouldn’t be considered tangles for Zentangle. Maria noted that very early on they too included some tangles “that are on the edge, such as poke root, but that was way at the beginning and we have tried to keep the tangles as little like ‘drawing’ as possible. One simple stroke in many places, then a different stroke next to the others…etc.

Every pattern that is sent to me or I’ve located elsewhere online is given careful consideration.

But the fact is that many patterns published online or submitted to TanglePatterns don’t meet the criteria of a tangle. [Unfortunately there are also many patterns in books published by CZTs and online too that do not qualify as tangles.]

These are some of the reasons a pattern will not qualify for publication on TanglePatterns:

1.  It’s a drawing of some thing

Tangles are non-objective and abstract. Non-representational.

2. It’s a motif that has to be repeated to fill a space, rather than an overall pattern

As  Maria described to me, a tangle isn’t a repetition of a drawing, it’s a repetition of a stroke.

Many times a pattern is a single motif, which makes the pattern something to draw, rather than an overall, organically growing tangle. Floral or medallion-type patterns usually fall into this category.

Many of our tangles are only one or two strokes that repeat over and over. We put a lot of time and thought into deconstructing familiar and seemingly complex patterns down to their essentials. This allows you to get into Zentangle’s process without trying to draw something.http://zentangle.blogspot.com/2010/03/paradox-q.html

3. It begins with pencil grids or guidelines

If a pattern begins by planning with pencil grids or guidelines of some type it is not a tangle.

A tangle “has to be done without any underlying pencil structure or preplanned [pencil] grid.” (From the Zentangle blog.)

Zentangle is a “structured method of putting pen to paper with no expectation. This helps you deliberately shift your state of mind from distraction to relaxed focus, from anxiety to calm.” (From The Book of Zentangle)

Pencil = expectation of a certain result. [Note: This is not the same as using the penciled Zentangle String à la Purk or Zander, for example, where the tangle takes advantage of the shape of the section to form the pattern. However, to my mind “planning” a string in advance in order to draw a certain pattern clearly goes against the “no expectation” basis of Zentangle.]

4. The steps have been drawn using a ruler (or some type of template, stencil, etc.)

No rulers in Zentangle. Even if the pattern would otherwise be considered a tangle I don’t publish them because there are no rulers in Zentangle and they have no place in the steps either.

Just as we point out that there’s no eraser in a Zentangle Kit, there’s also no ruler. … With a relaxed focus and leaving rulers and preconceived notions aside, expect to be surprised and delighted.” ~ Zentangle blog

5. The steps are drawn on graph or dot grid paper

This is fine for practicing but not for demonstration purposes. For one thing this suggests that perfection is required. Again, expectation.

6. It’s not unique

The pattern isn’t particularly unique or its too similar to another tangle already published here or elsewhere. This occurs frequently and I do try very hard not to duplicate similar tangles on the site. Usually I put the pattern in question into a “holding” archive to be reviewed at a future date to see if I still have the same opinion. Duplicates do not get published.

7. Too many steps

The pattern requires too many steps and/or written instructions (tangles are simple and easy to create, see the quote in #2 above). Complex instructions turn a pattern into “something to draw”.

8. Not elegant or magical enough

Or plain and simple, the pattern isn’t as elegant, interesting or aesthetically pleasing as others under consideration.

There are always exceptions of course. For instance there are occasions when a pattern isn’t necessarily elegant or amazing, but I add it because the story behind it makes it worth sharing.

9. Presentation counts

Self explanatory. Plus I don’t link to Facebook or galleries of patterns. To qualify, a tangle must have its own unique URL or the steps submitted for publication on TanglePatterns.

10. And every now and again, I’ve just plain forgotten about a submission

It’s happened once or twice {wink}. Occasionally if I receive many submissions at once or it’s received during a holiday or vacation period, a submission can get lost in the shuffle. My procedure is to enter each submission in a database file and then I create a document of every pattern received. Then I work from those printouts to test each pattern. If somehow a pattern doesn’t get printed out, it can get overlooked.

However I regularly review my digital files of all eligible submissions. This is how I locate a tangle that might have been overlooked.

TanglePatterns.com is about Zentangle and showcases only the best tangles.

Anything that doesn’t meet the standards of the Zentangle Method is not eligible for publishing on TanglePatterns.

A pattern is not always a tangle.

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