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What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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Tangle Refresher!Here’s a great suggestion from the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas …

Every once in a while, it’s good to revisit our roots . . . remind ourselves of the beauty, simplicity and comfort of an original Zentangle. So if you’re not already doing this, we encourage you to touch base with the core of Zentangle from time to time.

One way to do this is recreate a simple Zentangle (maybe a variation of your first one) and remember the thrill of creating this tiny work of art for the first time.

How about it? Let’s take time this weekend to revisit the core of Zentangle by recreating just one simple tile.

Can’t find your first tile and need suggestions for tangles? How about the Zentangle-original classics: Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Bales and/or Printemps. And use a simple Z or X for your string.

I’m willing to bet you’ll be astonished and delighted at your growth from that first tile, and reminded that all you need is a pencil for your string and shading, a black 01 Micron pen, and a 3.5-inch square white tile. Less is more.

If you need a reminder of the honest-to-goodness basics, visit the ZENTANGLES > WHAT IS A ZENTANGLE? page on the top menu bar of the site.

From the "Beginning Zentangle" booklet in the Official Kit

Honest-to-Goodness Zentangle facts. From the “Beginning Zentangle” booklet in the Official Kit

The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too. Zenful tangling!

BTW as you visit these tangles please Tweet or “like” them on Facebook so they get shared with a wider audience. Sharing links are on the left side of each pattern’s page. Thanks!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: Pendrills Pendrills
Zentangle pattern: Ciceron Ciceron
Zentangle pattern: Cayla Cayla
Zentangle pattern: Pippin Pippin
Zentangle pattern: Ripples Ripples
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 58

More good stuff …


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