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Exciting news from Zentangle HQ!! Their second book is now available and you can order it here!

Zentangle Primer - Volume 1March 5, 2016 For the last two years the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, have been quietly working behind the scenes on their second book. And it’s here at last!!

Introducing Zentangle PRIMER Volume 1

This much anticipated second publication is ONLY available for purchase from CZTs for the next few weeks, and you can order yours here!

Zentangle PRIMER Volume 1 is intended to be a companion book to The Book of Zentangle and it is the same size and coffee table format as the first book. “It is the same dimensions with 187 pages of step-outs, tangles, and text in hardbound format.”

Yes, you read that right, this one has step-outs and tangles!!

Rick writes,

“This book is an ‘old-world’ instructional that is simple in its delivery but with enough information to gently guide the novice, or enlighten the master. Whoever reads this, will find what they seek. Hidden in the margins and borders and exemplars are inspirations. Each time you leaf through its folios, you will find something new to spark your creativity. Each time you study it, you may find yourself going just a bit beyond what you previously thought possible.

Working solely on white tiles with black ink, this book digs deep into the fundamentals of the Zentangle method and teaches the techniques and tools you need to take your Zentangle practice where you want.

Here’s a look at its Table of Contents:

  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • The Zentangle Method
  • Lesson 1 – Your First Tile
  • Lesson 2 – Your Next Tile
  • Lesson 3 – String Theory
  • Lesson 4 – Shading
  • Lesson 5 – No Mistakes
  • Lesson 6 – More Tangles
  • Lesson 7 – Reticula and Fragments
  • Lesson 8 – A Zentangle Practice
  • Appendix A – Resources and Information
  • Appendix B – Glossary
  • Credits
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Colophon

In this book we introduce the terms ‘Reticula’ and ‘Fragments.’ We think you will find this approach adds a new and exciting aspect to your Zentangle explorations.

Our desire in creating this tome was that your copy will eventually have tattered corners, well-worn pages, and hand-drawn notes in its margins. A book that has been loved and used.  It will become your go-to book of all things Zentangle.”

Order your autographed copy now!

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Mail orders are also accepted: send your check or money order in US funds (FL residents add 6% tax) to Linda Farmer,, PO Box 31146, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420.

List price for the book is $49.95. Here are the costs including shipping for a single copy of the book:

  1. USA – $49.95 plus $12 shipping by USPS Priority Mail = $61.95
  2. Canada – $49.95 plus $20 shipping by USPS First Class Mail = $69.95
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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


2 comments to Exciting news from Zentangle HQ!! Their second book is now available and you can order it here!

  • Sue Zanker

    Oh WOW!
    Another book from Rick and Maria! YES, of COURSE I have just completed an order! Now, I am about to set up camp next to my letter box and await its arrival with bated, excited breath ! Luckily my birthday is cropping up soon,so I have ordered it in advance for my Birthday from my dear man, who is also very happy, not to have to tramp the shopping centres looking for a gift!
    I have their first book, which I have read over and over again,each time renewing the principles of Zentangle in my mind and I know their second book will be just as enlightening and as visually beautiful as the first one. I am already VERY excited !!!

  • Sarah Fowler

    Hello Linda, I ordered this book and it arrived only a week later. Oh my goodness what a fabulous book. I am a new tangler and found it has just swept me away. This book is great because it gets you to slow down and go back to basics.
    As you do it opens up so much more. The endless variety of tangles you think you know. The limitless things you can change, play with and develop. Rick and Maria have written this book with so much love and enthusiasm you can feel it oozing from every page!
    What a lovely, lovely book.

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