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AlphaTangle, by Sandy Bartholomew NOTICE: As of April 2011, this self-published first edition of Sandy Bartholomew’s AlphaTangle is no longer available. Please see the AlphaTangle (New Edition) tab for information on the newly revised and updated reissue of this book by Design Originals. The content described here is included, and much more added to it.

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AlphaTangle – A Truly Tangled Alphabet is “an adorably teeny (4″ square) book of alphabet letters” created from “official” Zentangle® patterns. It comes from the creative mind of CZT® Sandy Bartholomew, author of Totally Tangled.

Many official Zentangle® tangle patterns are named within the drawings and each letter of the alphabet is formed from several of the patterns with names starting with that letter. For example, the letter A is drawn using the patterns Avreal, Ambler, and Ahh. Each letter has its own page in the book with an equally delightful facing-page illustration.

According to Sandy, “The original art was drawn with a Micron pen and shaded with pencil. AlphaTangle® was intended to provide inspiration for fellow Zentanglers.”

If you are interested in identifying many (by my count, 77) of the original 102 official Zentangle® patterns, and enjoying Sandy’s take on the drawings, this teeny book AlphaTangle is worth the teeny price of admission for your Zentangle book collection.


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7 comments to AlphaTangle

  • Deb

    Amazon is out of stock. Where else can I get a copy of this book?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Deb, this just means that Sandy is on vacation break because she ships the books. When she’s away she puts her shop on “hold” and for some reason Amazon says it’s out of stock. So just hang on through the long weekend and they’ll probably be available again mid-week. Don’t give up, it’s a great reference to many of the official patterns. Cheers!

  • deb

    I’m finally getting back to posting…Got the book through Amazon. It is sooooo cute…very compact with a TON of patterns, all in alphabetical order. Sandy did a great job with this book!!!!

  • I had the book and tore it apart, placed them in page protectors so I can see 9 at a time.

  • Maegan

    OMG I love this website! I’m only 10 and now I can draw like a adult! my friends look so funny when they see what I have drawn. you should have seen there faces! hahahah

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