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Tangle Refresher 239 – Going Dotty, our random string and how to draw Amaze/Stiritup, Lex, Icantoo, Forge, Flontrast

Going dotty – exploring a stippled ZentangleBuried Treasure!

Seeking out buried gems on TanglePatterns.com — more than 12 years of great tutorials and tangles — is what our monthly Tangle Refresher is all about.

Today we’re revisiting one of my own tutorials from the past: Going dotty – exploring a stippled Zentangle. In it I shared my journey of discovery (both do’s and don’ts) as I tried this technique for the first time.

From the introduction to the tutorial:

“One of thefreedictionary definitions for the term ‘dotty’ is ‘Amusingly eccentric or unconventional.’ And today I thought I’d share my exploration with an approach to creating a Zentangle® that’s a little unconventional. And a little dotty.

Several years ago, around about the time I was working on getting ready to launch TanglePatterns in the Spring of 2010, I saw some unusual and wonderful Zentangles on the Zentangle blog.

The Zentangles were by Maria’s daughter, CZT and Zentangle Product Manager Molly Hollibaugh. Molly had created them ‘with just dots following and flowing from her string’.”

ZIA by Melena Schneider

California tangler Melena Schneider gave me permission to share several ZIA’s she created using this stippling technique for “other people to see what can be done.” Visit the original post for more of Melena’s lovely examples.

Stippling is fun and an unusual technique to explore in your Zentangle-inspired art, so be sure check out Going dotty – exploring a stippled Zentangle and have fun giving it a whirl.

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Many tanglers like to use these occasional Tangle Refreshers as their Zentangle® challenge-of-the-day.

This TanglePatterns String was selected for today – either to go with today’s Buried Treasure or just to use as a starting point for your day’s tangling. The RANDOM TANGLE SELECTOR in the left sidebar makes it simple to choose a String-of-the-Day from the 250 free strings in our resource. Or just click on the STRINGS tab in the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar and choose one at random yourself.

Think of this as your tangle Challenge, if you’re so inclined. TanglePatterns String 097 is from tangler Peggy Schargel and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 097

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Remember that Zentangle strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so that they magically disappear when you’ve finished tangling the tile.

A string is a simple device to “divide your drawing surface into sections to be filled with tangles“.

In the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 (now available in paperback for $23.95, or as an instant download Kindle Edition $9.99, in Spanish here, and in Japanese here)there’s an entire section devoted to Strings which in part explains:

As you tangle, your strings disappear as if by magic. This adds to the charm and unified appearance of your completed art.

If you had used a pen to draw your string, you would still see the initial sectioning in your completed creation.

Strings are not intended to be the focal point of your tile, Zentangles should not look like coloring book drawings.

More String advice from The Book of Zentangle (now available in paperback for $19.95):

A string is a useful reference, but it is not an impenetrable barrier. Practice going outside your string. It will help increase your ability to think outside the box.

To download eBooks containing all 250 TanglePatterns Strings, visit the STORE > EBOOKS page.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from the past for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you visit these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media. Thanks!

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Stiritup. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Amaze/Stiritup
Zentangle pattern: Lex. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Lex
Zentangle pattern: Icantoo. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Icantoo
Zentangle pattern: Forge. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Forge
Zentangle pattern: Flontrast. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Flontrast
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from the past Tangle Refresher 210

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