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TanglePatterns String 210 STRINGSThis week’s String is shared by tangler Judy Okawa for your creative enjoyment.

This is Judy’s first String in our community resource and she writes,

This string is based on the pattern which I saw on the Japanese tea bowl in this picture From:

The caption on the picture said that ‘the Japanese art of kintsugi involves filling the cracks in a broken pot with gold, highlighting the broken places with beauty rather than trying to hide them.’

That seems to fit so well with the Zentangle concept of ‘no mistakes’….

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 210. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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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!” Bijouism #12 – Choose your tangles
  • And remember, in Zentangle there’s no right-side-up!

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11 comments to TanglePatterns String 210

  • Sara B.

    What great ideas! Fixing broken pottery to make it more beautiful, and then using the crack pattern as inspiration for a string. I googled kintsugi and found many more string ideas. Thank you so much!

    • Judy O.

      Sara, thanks for your follow-up suggestion! After I read it, I checked out kintsugi on Google Images, and, as you said, found lots more ideas…. Thanks!

  • I love this string! And it can be changed in so many ways! Thanks for the inspiration – it will be my next greeting card string.

  • Melena

    I love this string. So,I decided to post the tile and share it with you. This is a first time for me to do this.

    Thank you, Judy Okawa, for sharing this string with us.

    • Judy O.

      Thanks for sharing your tile! I love your combination of tangles, and how Zinger grows out of Rixty!

      • Melena

        Thank you Judy! I’ve been working through the Zentangle Primer Vol 1 and fell in love with these basic tangles all over again. It was fun to do something different with them.

  • Gloria King

    What a fantastic idea to rescue all this pottery – looks amazing! And how appropriate for Zentangle! Thank you for sharing this Judy.

    • Judy O.

      Thanks for your feedback! Like you say, it’s really interesting to think about how we can apply this idea to Zentangle….

  • Melena

    Thank you so much for this idea Judy. I just looked up Kintsugi on the internet and now I want to not only use the pictures for string ideas, but I would love to try repairing a broken ceramic piece. I may actually have something in my cupboard that I didn’t want to throw away and now I know how to fix it beautifully. Thank you Linda for posting the links about Kintsugi.

  • LInda Dochter, CZT

    It seems to me that the concept of kintsugi could be applied to a collaborative between an adult and a very young child. Give the child a gold crayon and a tile and let them have a go-at-it. Use their precious art as a string.

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