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Kitchen Table Tangles – Zentangle video exploring the Embedded Letters technique

Kitchen Table Tangles Video - Embedded LettersHere’s a bonus Zentangle® video treat!

In July 2017 Zentangle co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas added this video exploring the Embedded Letters technique to the paid version of the Zentangle Mosaic app.

As the collection grows, we like to make some available to the public.” And that’s exactly what we have today.

These are just a few of all the wonderful examples using different inks and tiles that Maria shares in this techniques video that just became publicly available for everyone to explore and enjoy — and get your creative juices going!

In the introduction Maria explains “I’m going to teach you how to embed letters into your Zentangle tiles.” Rick adds, “We’re going to play with just any shape. … The whole principle is it will work with any shape.

The Zentangle tangle enhancer of aura-ing is at the heart of the Embedded Letters technique. This is a fun and easy way to create a unique monogram for yourself or to give as a gift.


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.

Zentangle also posted this video here on their blog.

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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4 comments to Kitchen Table Tangles – Zentangle video exploring the Embedded Letters technique

  • Joyce Blodgett

    How funny! I started doing this with letters about 18 months ago when I needed something to draw, but wasn’t in the best place emotionally to come up with even the most basic tangle.

    I just used my own initials, making them into individual little art pieces. Then I used my late daughter’s four initials—that turned out beautifully, though not as lovely as Maria’s gorgeous work—and then I used my late son’s initials.
    All of them turned out quite well, but I thought I was “messing up” ‘real’ tangles, so stopped doing the letters.

    Now I can go ahead and make art of them, knowing that this is now an “official” form of tangling! 😀

  • SueZanker

    I LOVE THESE KITCHEN TABLE SESSIONS!????And yes, I did shout out loud on purpose!?

  • Louise Lapierre


  • Thank you so much for sharing the Embedded Letters technique! I had so much fun with this – making initial tangles for my daughter, grandson, and son-in-law. I made one for myself too and then drew a cat icon and embedded that. I’ve spent a couple of days playing with that and plan to do more – maybe even playing with more icon shapes to embed. I could do the whole alphabet and then some by the time we get out of this stay at home time. I’m in Arizona so it looks like it’s going to be a bit longer here before I’m ready to emerge.

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