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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Linda’s List of Official Tangle Patterns

Sampler of Official Tangle Patterns

Sampler of a few Zentangle-original Tangle Patterns.

Not all of the tangles created and introduced by Zentangle® originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are posted online.

This makes complete sense when you think about it because income from teaching about Zentangle is one aspect of their business. Learning about the original “102 Tangles” (now up to 148) and receiving instructions on how to teach them is part of the teacher certification seminar. (See this page for more about teaching Zentangle.)

For those who are new to Zentangle, the Zentangle-original (aka “official”) tangles are those created and introduce by Zentangle — that is to say patterns by Maria Thomas, Rick Roberts and Molly Hollibaugh.

The Zentangle-original tangles that aren’t posted online are reserved for Certified Zentangle Teachers® and are unlikely to be published in a book or online because CZTs are specifically asked not to publish tangles that have not been publicly released first by Rick and Maria. CZTs thus have additional patterns to teach in their workshops that are not available otherwise. And that’s a very good reason for you to find a local CZT® and take a class.

However, every Zentangle-original tangle that does have authorized online drawing instructions is posted here on TanglePatterns and is linked in my list below.

Being the organizer/list-maker that I am, and a good part of the reason TanglePatterns was born in May 2010, I was curious to know about the rest of the original tangles. By delving through the Zentangle books and other sources, I gathered the following list of “Zentangle-original” tangles.

Originally there were 102 tangles, however new tangles have been named over time and these are included here. This list is updated as new Zentangle original tangles are added.

You are more than welcome to link to this or any other page, but please do not republish my content on another website (yes, it’s happening and I regret having to point this out). A great deal of time and effort goes into creating everything on this site so I’d really appreciate it if my copyrights are respected. Thanks!

  1. Ahh
  2. Amaze (= Stiritup)
  3. Ambler
  4. Aquafleur (10/14/2013 – introduced at CZT 12)
  5. Assunta
  6. Auraknot
  7. Avreal
  8. Bales
  9. BB
  10. Beelight
  11. BeeLine
  12. Betweed
  13. Braze
  14. Bronx Cheer
  15. Bucky
  16. Bumper
  17. Bunzo
  18. Cadent
  19. Centipede
  20. Chainging
  21. Chartz
  22. Chillon
  23. Cirquital
  24. Cogwheel
  25. Courant
  26. Crescent Moon
  27. Cubine
  28. Cyme
  29. Dex
  30. Diva Dance
  31. Dribbetz
  32. Drupe
  33. Dyon
  34. Echoism
  35. Eke
  36. Emingle
  37. Ennies
  38. Enyshou
  39. Evoke
  40. Eye-Wa
  41. Façade
  42. Fengle
  43. Fescu
  44. Festune
  45. Fife
  46. Finery
  47. Floo
  48. Florz
  49. Flukes
  50. Flux
  51. Fracas
  52. Frondous
  53. Glacé (11/11/2013 – introduced at CZT 13)
  54. Gneiss
  55. Gust
  56. Hazen
  57. Hibred
  58. Hollibaugh
  59. Huggins
  60. Hurry
  61. Ibex
  62. Indy-Rella
  63. ING (06/16/2014 – introduced at CZT 14)
  64. Isochor
  65. IX
  66. Ixorus
  67. Jetties
  68. Jonqal
  69. Juke
  70. Kathy’s Dilemma
  71. Keeko
  72. Knase
  73. Knightsbridge
  74. Kule
  75. Locar
  76. Man-o-Man
  77. Marasu
  78. Meer
  79. Mooka
  80. Msst
  81. Munchin
  82. Mysteria
  83. Nekton
  84. Nipa
  85. Nzeppel
  86. Onamato
  87. OoF
  88. Opus
  89. Orlique
  90. Paradox
  91. Patena
  92. Pea-nuckle
  93. Pendrills
  94. Pepper
  95. Pinch
  96. Pokeleaf
  97. Pokeroot
  98. Printemps
  99. Punzel
  100. Purk
  101. Quabog
  102. Quandary
  103. Quib (06/24/2013 – introduced at CZT 11)
  104. Quipple
  105. Raddox
  106. Rain
  107. Rixty (03/09/2014 – introduced to CZTs for Rick’s 60th Birthday)
  108. Sampson
  109. Scarabou
  110. Scena
  111. Schway
  112. Scoodle
  113. Sedgling
  114. SeZ
  115. Shattuck
  116. Snail
  117. Springkle
  118. Squid
  119. Squill
  120. Static
  121. Stiritup – also called Amaze
  122. Stoic
  123. Striping
  124. Strircles
  125. Swarm
  126. Tagh
  127. Tidal
  128. Tidings
  129. Tipple
  130. Tortuca
  131. Tripoli
  132. Twing
  133. Umble
  134. Vega
  135. Verdigogh
  136. Vermal
  137. Vitruvius
  138. W2
  139. Wadical
  140. Warble
  141. Well (9/3/2013)
  142. Xircus
  143. XYP
  144. Y-Not (corrected spelling)
  145. Yincut
  146. Ynix
  147. Zander
  148. Zinger

A reminder …

As Sandy Bartholomew reminds us in AlphaTangle: A Truly Tangled Alphabet:

TIP: Zentangle is a noun, not a verb.

Don’t say “I Zentangled my bathroom floor.” (Or, “I’m Zentangling my bathroom floor.”)

Say “I tangled my bathroom floor.”

Other things to say:

“I need to create a Zentangle, right now!”

“Sorry, I didn’t hear you. I was busy tangling.”

Copyright Issues You Should Know

With so many new people joining the ranks of the Zentangle Zealots, the inevitable enthusiasm is beginning to raise questions about the fair use of tangle patterns in art for sale, as well as create some outright copyright infringement issues for example when people publish steps for patterns that are not their own without first obtaining permission of the copyright holder. It’s time to address this important topic so we’re all on the same page. Please read this page. There’s also a discussion here on TanglePatterns. See also: Guidelines for creating Zentangle-inspired Art and Products.

76 comments to Linda’s List of Official Tangle Patterns

  • LindaBe

    Thanks for all the organizing you do. I am new to Zentangle and I found this site great for inspiration. Thanks again.

  • This is great, Linda :) Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Linda, I just spent over an hour surfing your site and have to tell you that you have done an incredible job!!! It is so well organized and really a wealth of information on everythiing related to Zentangle. Now that I have started teaching, I will be referring all of students to your wonderful site! Thanks for all the work you do here!

  • Well done Linda, I have often wondered about the whole extent of the names, thanks so much!

  • Thank you so much for your amazing job putting all these wonderful patterns in a system!

  • gwest1955

    Thank you once again Linda. You are my hero!!! Have you thought about designing (or having a contest for) a logo that we all could use on our websites when including a link to one of your wonderful pages?

  • Linda Farmer

    Thanks for all the great compliments, folks. Most appreciated.

    Sandra Strait already caught a blooper – I left out CADENT, even though I have in my sampler. Sheesh. Thanks Sandra!! Now sorted.

    CZTs – any additions/clarifications to offer?

    And thanks for that lovely suggestion gwest1955 – frankly I hadn’t thought of it and it’s a capital idea. Which I shall think on while I have coffee… I had a very late night watching a(nother) Harry Potter marathon with my husband so slow getting going today.

  • Les

    Dear Linda, you are a corker gal !! :-) Thank you very much for this list. It’s always nice to know who does what these days, and that due credit is given, which you ALWAYS do on your site. Marvellous. This will keep me busy, sorting it out.
    Kind regards,
    Les:)

  • Linda Farmer

    Update: just added TAGH to the list.

  • rails5472

    Hi Linda, just wanted to say how i really love your site, i am new to the Zentangle world and i recieved a kit for Christmas. Now with your list i will definitely be busy(:

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi and welcome! You are fortunate to get a gift of the Zentangle kit because you have the best tools to get started. Don’t forget about the books too (visit the Book Reviews tab at the top of the page), they’re also full of inspiration. And yes, you will be busy! Happy tangling.

  • This list is wonderful. It would also be nice if some time/day the tangles that do not have instructions could be linked to examples. There are some of these that I have never seen.

  • jean

    I am new to Zentangles and was looking at your list. What a huge undertaking – but exteremly helpful, especially for those of us who are newbies.

    I have one question, though. Why are some of the items in the list written in magenta?

  • Mimi Lempart

    Hi Linda~ am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) from class #1 and the Master Class. I can see your pattern list as a great resource for CZTs who want to focus on teaching unpublished patterns in their classes. Just a note: Perfs isn’t a pattern per se, but a “Tanglenhancer” as taught by Rick and Maria. Other tanglenhancers are: aura, sparkle, shading, rounding and dewdrop which folks can learn from a CZT. Many thanks for your organizing efforts and for promoting Zentangle, especially your mention of finding a local CZT and taking a class. It’s the best way I know to learn more depth and versatility of pattern creation.

  • Brilliant list, Linda. (A teaser – I can’t wait ’til October when I’ll get to see the ‘unlinked’ ones!) A member of our Tuesday Tangler group turned up last week with a beautiful hand made, concertina book, with prints of all your sample squares inside it (about 1.5″ square) from Tanglepatterns – to carry around as a reference. It was awesome. We’re all delving into your site for more.

  • Meda Rogers

    I love zentangling. It is addictive. I love geometric designs. Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts do a fantastic job. Thanks Meda

  • Hi Linda, I can’t get the print friendly version of this page to work? Anyone else?? (I’ve tried with two different PCs – one running Windows XP, one running Windows 7). On all your other pages it works a treat. :)

  • Hi Linda.
    How well organised you are. I have been going trough your list and found Gust in Sandy B’s book Totally tangled. She puts het initials behind it as being her pattern??
    And where did you find Centepede, Cogwheel, Dribbetz, Kule, Scoodle, Stoic, Tidal, Wadical and Xircus?
    Maria

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Maria, thanks for your compliment. All but one of these patterns are in the Beginning Zentangle booklet and Legend that come with the official kit, including their Gust. And as you point out Sandy also has her own but different pattern of the same name. Stoic was named in one of the Zentangle newsletters.

  • Thanks Linda,
    I looked everywhere but not in my kit.
    Maria

  • Joyce Block

    Thank you so much for the work you do, Linda. This is so helpful to me and to our students.

  • Ruthie

    Oh Wow – have just discovered zentangles. Your is THE best website I have found this morning…errr today, just seen its 2pm!

    I have already put quite a few of them in my notebook and made my first tile.

    Thanks so much for such an informative and inspirational website – all I need in one place!

    ruthie

  • Joyce Casey

    I am new to tangling. Just took my first class and my head is exploding with creative ideas. I love your site. It is a one stop resource for all. Thank you for the list for beginners. There are so many patterns to choose from. It helps to have a starting point. How much time to you spend each day just keeping up with your site? I applaud all your efforts and I’ll be back!

    • Linda Farmer

      Welcome Joyce, thanks so much! I like hearing that TanglePatterns is “a one stop resource for all”!

      I have to admit it takes a LOT of time. A lot (just ask my husband). Not only keeping track of all the patterns and maintaining the site, but handling all the email correspondence and everything else involved. But comments of appreciation and support from people like you make it all SO worthwhile. Happy tangling!

  • Deb

    i have all the zentangle books i could get my hands on . . . (plus i tangle with this website in front of me). i just wish you could purchases a little reference book with all the patterns in it so i could throw it in my bag with a few tiles and pen when i am on the go . . . something like the idea of putting each tangle in the moleskin book (which i tried) but i am discouraged because i’d rather be tangling than working on my reference book.

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Deb, there is a book coming out but it’s a big secret and I’m not supposed to tell, so this is just between the two of us. For several months I’ve working with Suzanne McNeill on a handy dandy little pocket guide of tangle patterns. It will be a few months before publication, so until then hang in there! And don’t forget … it’s a secret! Shhhhhhh ….

  • Deb

    you’ve made my day, linda! your secret is safe with me! can’t wait!!!

  • Penny Sutherin

    I am very new to this form of art but I am already hooked. This a wonderful site and certainly has a lot of information. Thanks so much for sharing your designs with your viewers!

  • Mickie King

    I found “Tangling” on a craft show so I thought I would try it. Well 8 months later i am addicted! I absolutely LOVE this art form. Please keep up the good work. Thanks!

  • elizabeth priddy

    Your pattern book is what I want in my purse right now! When will we be able to order or buy it and where? I will keep your secret!

  • geckogirl

    I found a book at my local craft store and it looked interesting. Very similar to how I (used)to mindless doodle. I am now “tangling” with purpose, and I just love it. This is a great site–and very inspirational. Thank you so much–we can change the world “one line at a time”!

  • Marlene Buysse

    Linda, your site is absolutely the best around!! I love tangling (have being doing it FOREVER without knowing….)
    Thank you for doing such a great job!!

  • Bobbi J Aker

    Linda,
    I just wanted to thank you for all your inspiration Ive gained from your site and your tangles!! I would also like to know if you could send me “how to” for Sampson and Quabog…I’ve heard of them on sites and also in SB’s books Totally Tangled and Yoga for your brain, however have not seen them. ?? Many thanks again for all you share and the spirit in which you do so!! I love your tangles!! :)) Peace & Prayers to you and yours and the entire Zentangle community!

  • Barbara Gray

    Linda, I am fairly new to Zentangle and I love, love love it. I love your site. You are great!!!!! Thanks for the tangle examples AND your organizational abilities. NOW, I heard this somewhere — when is your book being published????? Barbara

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Barbara, thanks so much for your compliments! My book is in a bit of a hiatus AND I’m also taking a long-overdue vacation now so my interaction is somewhat limited by my computer access. But, my book is still coming along and I will “talk” more about it when I can. THANKS for caring, it’s appreciated. :-)

  • Judi

    Linda,

    You’re amazing! I began tangling only this year and could never have done it without all the help this website gives to me. Thank you so much for being such a selfless person and for all the sharing you do.

    Judi

  • mgmeredith

    I have not been able to find an example of Sampson anywhere. It is mentioned in the Yoga for the Brain book but none of the rest of the book that I have has it.

  • Bobbi J Aker

    Thank you, again, Linda for all you time, inspiration and communication! I absolutley love to Tangle and will be looking into how to become a CZT ASAP!! I don’t know what the initial investment may be, and the closest CZT to me that I’ve found is Carole Ohl ( and I follow her too!) I’m fairly new, as I stated in my last post, but am totally addicted and endebted to ALL of you involved with Zentangle–it has truly saved me and help me through some of the toughest times Ive had to deal with! Many Thanks! I will get with you soon for all the info or you could send it if you ever find the time–haha
    Peace & Prayers to you and yours, and all the Zentangle “family” Bobbi

  • I want to thank Linda for all her efforts
    Makes it so much easier to sit and see the tangles in front of me sometimes – I cant remember them all
    Looking forward to the PDF

    I would like to remind everyone for a small donation Linda is taking a huge amount of time for us all organizing the tangles and giving us a place to surf and see all the new patterns. Save me time

    Again Thank you Linda

  • Kathy Lyman

    This is sooo inspiring. I am new to this art form. What fun.

  • Linda, you rock! I have used your site since since before I became a CZT. And now that I am teaching, yours is the first (well, sometimes the second, after Rick & Maria’s) website I mention to my students (yes, even before my own). I cannot imagine what an undertaking this is and just thought it was high time I said thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Alison

    Linda,

    Any update on the book you and Suzanne McNeill were working on. I’m dying to get my hands on it. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  • Donna Tremble

    I am just new to tangling—-love your site—-so much sharing.You have my total admiration!!!Keep up the good work……I know it takes a lot of yyour time to do this—–you are appreciated!!!!!Sea Tangles

  • Ami

    I have never, not in my whole life, been considered an artist. Yet people are looking at the tangles I’m using in my Zentangle inspired art and going, “WOW.”

    I’m wow-ing, too. :) Never felt so creative in my life!

    I’ll be teaching my summer camp kids how to do ZIA this coming week, and wanted to thank you for the resource you provide here.

    Off to experiment some more with tangle patterns.

  • Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this guide together. I need to get the CZT. I do a lot of volunteer work with seniors and kids and would like to pass this on. Wish the seminar was closer to me on the west coast. If I pass any of the tangles on, how do I get permission to use?

  • Thank you so much Linda. I understand and will abide by your legal statement. Please let me know if anything happens for a CZT on the West Coast.

  • Kimberly Rush

    I just started tangling this year, and when I run out of ideas this website helps me so much!Thank you!!!!

  • Karen Maphis

    Thank you for your efforts to allow people like me to enjoy tangling on an amature level. It is very nice to have a multitude of ideas at my fingertips. I am wowed to see the fantastic works of art by your members.

  • Yvonne Westover

    Hi Linda,

    I have been tangling since taking a course in Oct. 2012. I am so excited to be going to CZT #13 this November. I am going to use this official list as my homework until then along with the Pattern book that you compiled!!!Thank you so much, you make checking my inbox the highlight of my day!!!

  • Sherrill

    I just started Tangling and I am now in love with it. I just found your site today and from just my first browsing I am finding patterns that I can use in my new drawings. Tangling is very relaxing and it lets you use your mind and imagination flow. I am a quilter and this has helped and my creativity when it comes to creating a quilting design for my quilts.

    Thanks for your website!! ITS GREAT!!!

  • Mindy

    Thank you for the list. I can start learning these so that it will be easier when I DO get to Providence and CZT training. Can’t make it this year so next year is the goal. I intend to make a reference notebook (for myself only) of these patterns so I can practice them.

    I took a workshop from a CZT here in Missouri and was hooked. Now I am working on a large tangle for my wall at work.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Mindy, since a tangle is a pattern I’m guessing you’re working on a Zentangle-inspired piece with many tangles in it? Enjoy learning the patterns!

  • Mindy

    Exactly. this will have many different tangle patterns and a quote in calligraphy. It’s about 26″ x 38″.

  • Wendy Causer

    Linda, I found your site by accident and wanted to let you know that Zentangle is new to the shores of Britain. Most tanglers will have heared of it first on a tv sales channel called Create and Craft. I am rapidly becoming hooked, and as I am not very good with a blank sheet of paper, like many here I like to use a shape from a stencil or maybe a shape within a paper pattern.As I am also a lover of parchment craft, I have mixed the two and have tangled some pattern into a parchment picture for a friends birthday. Are there any teachers here that you know of?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Wendy, and welcome! You will be surprised to learn that Zentangle is already VERY popular in the UK! All over the world, in fact. You can find the link to the list of Certified Zentangle Teachers located in the left sidebar of the site under the heading SOURCE WEBSITES.

  • Helen Robinson

    Hi Linda, I’m new to Zentangle here in the UK. I love it! It’s so relaxing. I was very tired last night and needed to relax, so I drew a Zentangle and it really helped me relax…it’s almost meditative!! Thank You for all the information you have here…I will definately be taking part in drawing and designing my own Zentangles. Love Helen x

  • Ana

    umm, hi i’m new and i want to know what the name of one of the samplers is in the picture, it is the 15 one, it is right above the very last one!

  • Viviana

    Estimada Linda:

    Estoy hace 2 días navegando por su página y no puedo dejar de admirar cada detalle, cada explicación, la organización de la página, en fin un herramienta maravillosa que ayudara en m icaso a enriquecer mi pasión por el arte en todas sus expresiones sobre todo , pintura, dibujo. Soy arquitecta, diseñadora de lineas de accesorios de mujer y hace un tiempo que estoy haciendo humildemente y desde la intuición, mandalas y zendalas y esta página logro cautivarme por completo, Vivo en Argentina , ya me suscribi a la página. Mis felicitaciones por tu talento, dedicación y por compartir desde el amor tu arte. Bendiciones y mucha luz para ti!!!!!Un abrazo. Viviana

    GOOGLE TRANSLATION:
    Dear Linda:
    2 days ago I’m browsing your site and I can not help but admire every detail, every explanation, the organization of the page, finally a wonderful tool to assist in m ICASO to enrich my passion for art in all its forms especially painting, drawing. I am an architect, designer woman accessories lines and for a while I’m doing humbly and from intuition, mandalas and achievement zendalas and this page completely captivate me, I live in Argentina, and I subscribed to the page. Congratulations on your talent, dedication and love to share from your art. Blessings and light to you!! A hug. Viviana

  • Gill Beasley

    Hi Linda, I’m another uk tangler who is loving zentangle and your amazing site. I first ordered my kit from you last year and have used it every day since, with a few replacement tiles of course! I’m very excited to have just booked a place on November 2014 czt seminar and have finally plucked up the courage to travel to the US for it. It will be my first time overseas in your country and I’m really looking forward to seeing New England and meeting some fellow zentangle enthusiasts. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this site. Kind regards, Gill beasley

  • Helen Halligan

    I hello, I love getting emails from you!

    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

    Sincerely,
    Helen

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