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Kitchen Table Tangles – Zentangle® for children featuring Molly Hollibaugh tangling with her daughters Indy and Mazzy

KTT 026 - Zentangle Apprentice with Molly, Indy and MazzyThis Kitchen Table Tangles video (KTT) is unusual for the series in that it focuses on tangling for children — “Zentangle Apprentices” as they are known — although “we think that friends of all ages might enjoy to tangle along as well“.

In their latest newsletter Zentangle co-founder Rick Roberts writes,

Children across the globe are creating amazing pieces of art using the Zentangle Method™.

What is fascinating about Zentangle is that it stretches across cultures, religions, media and ages without having to alter the content of the method. The Zentangle Method itself changes very little when you’re teaching children versus adults. We thought it would be fun to create some lessons and materials for children (of all ages) to create with the Zentangle Method.

The newsletter addresses a message directly to children from the imaginary Zentangle character Bijou (more about Bijou’s introduction can be found here):

Dear Zentangle Apprentice,

We hope you are finding creative ways to use your time during these days we spend at home. There is so much opportunity for discovery and learning in moments like this.

 We thought that maybe you would enjoy digging into the Zentangle Method with us. Molly has invited her friends Indy and Mazzy to help her create this very special video just for you. Whether you are brand new to the Zentangle Method or have done lots of tangles before, this video is for all. Even though we have created it with kids in mind, we think that friends of all ages might enjoy to tangle along as well.

In this (32:12) video, Molly Hollibaugh tangles with her young daughters Indy and Mazzy, each using a different color Zentangle tile, a black Sakura Micron 01 pen and various colors of Gelly Roll Moonlight pens (see supplies list below).

First Molly takes us through the beginning steps of the Zentangle Method: penciled dots, border, and for today’s purposes a simple X-shaped string.

And then with their pens they add tangles to the sections created by the string.

Molly talks us through Crescent Moon, Indy tangles Hollibaugh, Mazzy tangles her favorite Pokeroot, then Mazzy starts off Tortuca and Indy finishes it. For the last part of the video Molly demonstrates how she might shade the tangles on this tile. They finish their tangling session by adding signatures and appreciating their creations.

The finished tiles from today’s video:

KTT 026 - Zentangle Apprentice with Molly, Indy and Mazzy

Supplies used:

You can use any pens and paper you have on hand for this fun Zentangle lesson. These are the supplies used in the video:

Be sure to check out Indy and Mazzy’s Zingo tangle too!

For a list of all the KTT videos with links to the publicly-available ones, visit the ZENTANGLES > ZENTANGLE KTT VIDEOS page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.

Background: The KTT videos are available in the Zentangle Mosaic app. Although most of the KTT videos are only available to the subscribers of the paid version of the app ($2.99/month, or $24.99/year), occasionally Zentangle makes a KTT video publicly available and I also add it to TanglePatterns as we’re doing today.

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Related Links

  1. Looking for tangles by Artist or Type? For details visit the ABOUT > HOW TO FIND TANGLES BY ARTIST OR TYPE page on the top menu bar of any page on the site.
  2. What is a Zentangle? — if you are new to the Zentangle Method, start here for the fundamentals.
  3. Zentangle terminology — a glossary of terms used in this art form.
  4. Linda's List of Zentangle-Original Patterns — here is the complete list of original tangles (aka "official tangles") created and introduced by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, including those not published online. If you are new to the Zentangle Method I highly recommend learning a few of the published Zentangle classics first.
  5. "A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle." Thus patterns that are drawings of a recognizable naturalistic or actual object, figure, or scene, are not tangles. A pattern is not always a tangle — here's what makes a tangle. TIP: tangles never start with pencil planning.
  6. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns
  7. For lots of great FREE tutorials on TanglePatterns, click on the TUTORIALS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page.
  8. Strings! Have we got STRINGS! Click on the STRINGS link in the pink alphabetic menu bar below the tangle images at the top of any page for 250 different (free) Zentangle-starters. More than enough for any lifetime!
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