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Exploring TanglePatterns

Let's discuss it! has been growing with many new subscribers and I wanted to thank you for joining us and offer you all a very special welcome. There are lots of good things you might have missed so I thought I’d bring a few to your attention.

I especially encourage you to read through the comments on the pages you visit because there are many great tips and ideas shared by the TanglePatterns community in here.

  1. Organize your patterns – lots of excellent organizing ideas
  2. Linda’s List of official tangle patterns – currently 124 official patterns – these were created by Zentangle® originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. With links where online drawing instructions are available.
  3. What is a Zentangle®?
  4. Zentangle format – a good discussion in response to a subscriber’s question
  5. Zentangle terminology – glossary of Zentangle-related terms
  6. Copyright issues you should know – addresses questions about fair use of tangle patterns, especially on other websites and in art for sale
  7. When and where do you tangle?
  8. Tangle your name – a simple, fun challenge
  9. Zentangle storage ideas – what do people do with all their completed tiles?
  10. Template downloadsfree downloadable templates for organizing your patterns and their steps

You can find even more goodies by:

  • clicking on “Tutorials” in the pink alphabetic tangle listing under the images at the top of the page
  • clicking on “General” in the pink alphabetic tangle listing under the images at the top of the page – these are all the articles that aren’t related to specific patterns
  • clicking on “Video” in the pink alphabetic tangle listing – videos about Zentangle and pattern demonstrations
  • exploring the tabs at the very top of every page – Book Reviews, Tips & Tools, etc.
  • clicking the “tutorial” tag in the left sidebar (<< over there) under the heading “Find patterns by tag”
  • the right sidebar (over there >>) also has a list of Popular Posts.

So I hope you will fully explore the site and find lots of inspiration to feed your Zentangle® obsession.

Your thoughts are most welcome too! Please feel free to ask questions and share your tips and ideas with us.

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24 comments to Exploring TanglePatterns

  • Thanks Linda. I think it’s a great idea to do a re-cap like this occasionally, even for people who are familiar with your site. Something that wasn’t interesting a few months ago may be just the thing now.

  • Ruth

    I just want to take this time to THANK YOU for all the work and energy you have put into making this such a tremendous resource for all us tanglers. I love that I can come to your site for refreshment and revival,new ideas and an appreciation of all the many many tanglers out there and what they are doing with their ideas and creativity.

  • Mary L

    Let me just tell you I’m “TOTALLY” hooked. I find myself checking my email just to see if a new tangle has been posted. I’ve always been a doodler. As a child I would spend hours on the phone with friends and find myself doodling on my jeans or my sneakers. I guess for me, this is the more grown-up doodling for me.
    Love the wedsite, keep the tangles coming.


  • Cheryl

    I love this site…thank you Linda! 🙂

  • John Christofferson

    Thanks Linda for your delightful website. I look forward to getting your updates, blog connections and everything that you send our way related to Zentangles!!
    You’re the best!!
    Take care.
    John Christofferson

  • Linda Farmer

    Aw shucks folks, thanks so much for your lovely comments. I love hearing from you!

  • Hi Linda,

    I wanted to chime in with the others to let you know how much all the work that you do on this Web site is sincerely appreciated. I am a newbie at Zentangle and you wonderful set of resources has been invaluable in helping me get started. THANK YOU!

  • Thank you Linda. One more thing to look forward to each time I turn on my Computer and start going through my emails.

  • Heather

    I am new to zentangle. Thanks so much for this entire website. It’s amazing and loaded with information.

  • Louise

    thank you Linda I have only just discovered zentangles, I was convinced I could not draw, but you have shown me that I can

  • Naomi Litrofsky

    I am a new tangler and very eager to learn about different patterns.Thanking you in advance, Naomi

  • Sandi Buchspics

    Hello Linda, I would like to second what the others have said. I have been following your site since about August 2011. I have enjoyed supporting this great site and I too, look for those emails to see what you have come up with next. This recap was a great idea for those new to your site and a great refresher for the rest of us. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Glenyss

    Hello Linda, This is a fantastic site, thank you for all your hard work.

  • Marjorie

    Linda, is there a way to pay for your ebooks not using PayPal? And how does one add a contribution to you?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Marjorie, many thanks for asking. You don’t need a PayPal account to purchase eBooks or to make a contribution, and you can use any credit/debit card. To add a contribution with the purchase of an eBook, simply edit the payment field in your cart and press the Update Cart button before checking out.

      Or you can also use regular mail – see the 3rd and 4th paragraphs on the EBOOKS page for more details on both:

      To make a contribution without purchasing an eBook, visit the SUPPORT TANGLEPATTERNS page and use the button there:

      Hope that helps 🙂

  • Toni

    I’m so in love, love, love with zentangle! Thank you Linda for putting this site together! Now how do I get rid of the addiction, lol. Keep up the awesome job!????

  • melody

    this is a wonderful site and you are so kind to share this with us. many thanks melody

  • Yvonne

    I am not finding the tangle patterns on top of your tangle website. Am I doing something wrong or have you taken it off.. I miss it.

  • Agnes

    Hello Linda,
    this is such a wonderful homepage!
    Thank you so much for sharing all your great knowledge with us.!!!!
    Please keep on giving this joy to us.!!!!

  • Thanks from a new CZT 22. Your page has guided me the last 15 months and I appreciate it. Looking forward to more with the page and perhaps even coming up with a tangle of my own one of these days.

  • Dessie Arnold

    Thank you again, Linda for this amazing website. You have put in so much work and what a helpful resource this is! I so appreciate this. I have probably been to this particular page before, but am not remembering it – I’m going to have fun exploring it, too. I’ve been tangling for a little over a year now, and your site gave me my first introduction to Zentangle. I’m still learning from it, and from the wonderful people who follow it, and whose tangle patterns are on it!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks so much Dessie, delighted you are enjoying it still. There eally is a lot of great stuff buried on the site, on the pages and in the comments (now over 10,000!). I too find it fun to revisit the “old” pages and get new enjoyment all over again at everything I’m reminded of. As the saying goes, everything old is new again. Cheers!

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