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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.


How to draw BLOOMS

Zentangle pattern: Blooms. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.comHappy Monday y’all! And Mondays usually mean a super easy tangle pattern to get our week underway.

Blooms is from Texas CZT Suzanne McNeill, publisher of the first Zentangle® publications on the market. Blooms is from her booklet Zentangle 7 – Inspiring Circles, Zendalas and Shapes.

Blooms is simple as pie.

Blooms grows organically from the inside out, much like Arc Flower. It can fill any shape section in your Zentangle by simply working it out to the edges of your string. To my knowledge Suzanne doesn’t add shading to any of her tangles but I think it adds lovely dimension so I used it in my example. In fact I almost always add shading, to me it just continues the pleasurable Zen of the pattern.

Normally what I do to add shading is lightly draw a pencil line almost over the pen stroke. I like a pencil with a well-worn lead for this, others prefer a sharp one for better control. Then I take my paper stump/tortillion and make very tiny zigzag “lines” out from the pencil into the area where I want the graphite to spread. In our TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinics, CZT Marizaan van Beek describes using tiny circular motions. So there’s almost always more than one way to achieve the effect you want and it just depends on what works best for you. Experiment, play …

Suzanne illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Blooms here on her blog.

Check out the tag suzannem for more of Suzanne’s tangles on

Have a great week!

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"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H

The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.


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