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What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings: simply pop in any number in the range of 1 to 250.



TanglePatterns String 150 STRINGSWOW! Thanks to this great community, we’ve reached the 150 String milestone in our resource! And String 150 is shared by CZT Adele Bruno, moderator of the weekly String Challenge, for your creative enjoyment.

This also means the STRING GUIDE, Volume 3 (String 101-150) is available now in the TanglePatterns Store on the EBOOKs page. Support the site and get your copy now!

Quoting from String 100,

“Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part and by having this great Zentangle resource to refer to (and the Random Tangle Selector in the left sidebar which also works for Strings) there’s nothing stopping you! Many thanks to the contributors in our community who share their string ideas with us and make this handy resource available to everyone.

This is a good occasion to reiterate that Zentangle strings are guidelines and when used properly they are meant to disappear into your Zentangle. In reminding us to use pencil for the string, Maria writes:

This allows you to use it when you want … and not use it when the opportunity to do something fun comes up. Like blending tangles, one to another, or morphing them, Escher-like. And it creates a more feathered boundary, a more magical look. If you create your string in pen, this opportunity disappears, and your Zentangle has a more ‘coloring book’ look. Which is fine, if that was your intention.

CZT and book author Sandy Bartholomew has also written about the use of Strings in Zentangle:

It is also very easy to see the difference between Zentangle art and Zentangle-like art. One dead giveaway is the dark lines outlining the ‘strings’. Strings are guidelines that fade into the design when used properly.”

If you are new to Zentangle and not too clear about Strings, please see the “Related Links” below and visit the first link: The Importance of Strings.

Bear in mind that Zentangle® strings are guidelines, and there is no right side up. Strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so they magically disappear into your completed Zentangle.”

You can use a string exactly as it is or adapt it to suit as your Zentangle grows. Start with the string as it’s shown then, as you go, combine sections if your tangles want to, or divide a section into smaller ones. Go with the flow and enjoy.

You can help our community’s String resource grow by sending me yours to share. Remember to keep them simple, Zentangle strings are not elaborate or complicated. For your convenience, below there’s a link to a template to use if you’d like. The template helps keep the Strings consistent in size.

If you’d like to share your completed Zentangles for others to see, look for the blue ADD YOUR LINK button below. “How to” instructions are there too.

TanglePatterns String 150

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Lightly pencil the string on your tile and you’re good to go tangling. Enjoy!


  • Important: Strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so they magically disappear into your completed Zentangle.
  • Use any string over and over again with different tangles.
  • There are so many tangles available that your Zentangles will always be different even using the same string.
  • Or use it with only one tangle — a monotangle.
  • Usually each string will have many options.
  • The Border (if one is given) is also a suggestion — use it, change it, or ignore it. It’s your art.
  • As Bijou says, “Sometimes I even leave a section blank; which is occasionally my best choice!
  • And remember, in Zentangle there’s no right-side-up!

Related Links

eBooks available from STRING GUIDES, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Sure you can download the strings from the site but this saves you tons of time and as always your purchase helps keep TanglePatterns going and growing. Each STRING GUIDE begins by describing the importance of Strings in Zentangle® and then presents 50 strings from the site’s resource. Strings are given in two formats to jump-start your Zentangle creativity: three pages contain “at-a-glance” size images of all 50 strings, followed by 13 pages of full-size traceable images. Additional String suggestions by several CZTs are also provided. As an added bonus, beginning with Volume 2 each guide also contains blank String Organizers for you to record and organize your own favorite Strings. STRING GUIDE, Volume 1 (Strings 1-50) STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 1: Strings 001-050 VOLUME 1 - STRINGS 001-050. A 22-page PDF eBook. STRING GUIDE, Volume 2 (Strings 51-100) STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 3: Strings 101-150 VOLUME 2 - STRINGS 051-100. A 24-page PDF eBook includes bonus blank String Organizers to organize your own Strings. STRING GUIDE, Volume 3 (Strings 101-150) STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 3: Strings 101-150 VOLUME 3 - STRINGS 101-150. A 24-page PDF eBook includes bonus blank String Organizers to organize your own Strings. STRING GUIDE, Volume 4 (Strings 151-200) STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 4: Strings 151-200 VOLUME 4 - STRINGS 151-200. A 24-page PDF eBook includes bonus blank String Organizers to organize your own Strings. STRING GUIDE, Volume 5 (Strings 201-250) STRINGS GUIDE, Volume 5: Strings 201-250 VOLUME 5 - STRINGS 201-250. A 24-page PDF eBook includes bonus blank String Organizers to organize your own Strings.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support by getting your copies now!

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