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RANDOM SELECTOR

Use this Random Tangle Selector with your TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE to help you select tangles. See Pages 7 and 9 of the Guide for instructions. You can also use this to select random Strings: simply pop in any number in the range of 1 to 250.

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Ideas for storing your Zentangle tiles

Zentangle Tile Storage Pockets

If you’ve been wondering how to preserve and store your collection of completed Zentangle® tiles, reader Angela Gamble from Hagerstown, Indiana, has found a solution that works for her and may just be the answer for you too.

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Copyright issues you should know

Let's discuss it!

With so many new people joining the ranks of the Zentangle Zealots, the inevitable enthusiasm is beginning to raise questions about the fair use of tangle patterns in art for sale, as well as create some outright copyright infringement issues. It’s time to address this important topic so we’re all on the same page.

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Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait’s Shade, Shape, Blend Color & Add Texture

Shape, shade

Guest Contributor Sandra Strait offers our Gentle Readers another great how-to tutorial. This one is a technique using squirkles to shade, shape, blend color and add texture to your drawings.

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Sandy’s Book Reviewed

Yoga For Your Brain

Wanted to let you all know that I posted my review of Sandy’s FANTASTIC new book, Yoga for Your Brain. Just one of the many highlights of this book: there are 76 brand new patterns all created by Sandy!

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Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait on How to Draw a Ribbon

Sandra Strait's Zentangle featuring Ribbons

Sue Palmer of Westerly RI, recently emailed asking for guidance on drawing a ribbon. I asked Sandra Strait if she had time to respond to Sue’s request and she replied with this great tutorial illustrating not one but two techniques.

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Two MORE new Zentangle books

Time to Tangle With Colors

Suzanne’s publishing company, Design Originals, has been very busy the last few months because there are two MORE new Zentangle books coming out this week.

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Additions and corrections to Linda’s List

With the input of CZT Mimi Lempart, here are 13 additional “official patterns” and a couple of corrections.

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Two new Zentangle books now available!

Yoga For Your Brain

NEWS!! The wait is over, Gentle Readers. Here’s exciting news for your Zentangle library!

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My list of the Official Tangle Patterns

Sampler of Official Tangle Patterns

Not all of the Zentangle® tangles created by originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are posted online. However, every “official” tangle pattern that does have online step-by-step drawing instructions is posted here on TanglePatterns. Here is my compilation of ALL the official tangle patterns for your personal reference.

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Send Sandy an eye-shaped Zentangle

Totally Tangled author, Sandy Bartholomew

Totally Tangled author, Sandy Bartholomew had successful eye surgery today (planned) and her colleagues are asking for eye-shaped Zentangles to be mailed to her …

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Tangle your name

My name (Linda) drawn in a Zentangle, using Tangle Patterns whose names start with the letters of my name

Recently CZT® Laura Harms started a fun weekly Zentangle® challenge and it’s open to everyone to participate. Here’s my own challenge for you: tangle your name and here’s how (it’s not what you think! Check it out …)

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Tangle Mania

TanglePatterns.com's 2010 Bandwidth Usage

We are almost two whole weeks into the New Year and I’d like to say a special welcome to all the new members who’ve subscribed in the last few weeks. I’m guessing many received a Zentangle® book as a Christmas gift, and now you’re hooked.

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Picasso's Dove of Peace

Warmest wishes to all my Gentle Readers here at TanglePatterns.com.

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Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait on Choosing a Journal for Penwork – Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series where Sandra generously shares her wealth of experience on how to go about choosing a journal for penwork such as Zentangle. In Part 2 of this series, “Journals I’ve Known and Loved”, Sandra reviews 7 different brands of journals in detail.

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Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait on Choosing a Journal for Penwork – Part 1

By Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait. This is the first of a two-part series where Sandra generously shares her wealth of experience about what to consider when choosing a journal for penwork such as Zentangle. In Part 2 of this series, Sandra reviews several journals and their attributes.

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Guest Contributor: Sandra Strait’s String Templates

Sandra Strait's String Templates

In the second installment of the “Guest Contributor” feature on tanglepatterns.com, invited contributor Sandra Strait shares her ideas and examples for String Templates in her first guest post.

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Giving Thanks

Thank You!

As many of us prepare to take a special day on Thursday to honor Thanksgiving and celebrate our multitudes of blessings, I wanted to take time to thank you, Gentle Readers, and let you know how much your support means to me.

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Show us your Zentangles

Free photo-sharing websites

Several of you have inquired about sharing your Zentangle® art on tanglepatterns. I have been noodling for some time to figure out a way to implement this. I’ve concluded the simplest way to accomplish this …

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How to get your own Gravatar

Let's discuss it!

Today I thought I’d post a tip on how to get one of those cute little square pictures of yourself that show up with your comment in any blog or forum. Because it’s FREE, really easy to do, and it’s so much nicer to see a face instead of a computer-generated icon or a blank spot alongside your comment.

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Guest Contributor: Cindi asks for scanning tips

Guest Contributor: Cindi Allen

Linda’s Introduction: I’m delighted to add this new feature, “Guest Contributor”, to tanglepatterns.com. And I’m even more pleased that Cindi Allen accepted my invitation to be the first.

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Tanglepatterns has a new TIPS & TOOLS section

Tips, Tools, Techniques

I’ve been wanting to add a Tips & Tools section to tanglepatterns.com since Day One. At long last, this week I set it up and began adding pages to it.

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A question about Zentangle format

Let's discuss it!

“Are they only done on a 3 1/2 inch square?” A new reader asks this question about Zentangle®, and it’s an interesting enough inquiry that I wanted to respond in a post for discussion.

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When and where do you tangle?

Let's discuss it!

That’s a great question that loyal supporter Cindi would like to see answered by our Gentle Readers. Have fun sharing your “tangle habits” and ideas with us in the comments!

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Tangling as a blessing

Let's discuss it!

I feel privileged to receive emails and comments from my tanglepatterns subscribers. Often they write to share their personal experiences of how this site and the art form of Zentangle (and Tangle doodling) are helping them cope through some really tough circumstances. Recently Cindi Allen emailed the following …

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Tanglepatterns subscriber milestone

Let's discuss it!

As of today, TanglePatterns.com reaches the 1,000 subscriber mark!

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The Zen of Zentangle

Let's discuss it!

Learning about the Zen of Zentangle. Philosophy, wisdom, encouragement …

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Appeal for tag assistance

Let's discuss it!

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Let's discuss it!Okay you guys. There are MANY of you who visit this site regularly (so Mr. Google tells me – but not who you are), and I need help. I request your assistance. I’ve started to tag a few of the more recent patterns I’ve posted, however …

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Back to School Gifts for Teachers

Suzanne McNeill's book, Zentangle Basics

One can’t help but notice the “Back to School” ad supplements in the papers lately. And wondering, “Where did the summer go?” [Soon it will be college football season – Yay!] This got me thinking about teachers preparing lesson plans for their new students and out there buying kids supplies out of their own funds because school budgets are too tight to provide them.

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You heard it here first!

Let's discuss it!

Is there a sequel to “Totally Tangled” in the works?

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Tangle Pattern Tags

In our discussion on the Organize Your Patterns page, the subject of how to categorize patterns became a strong thread and contributor Suzanne asked if I planned to add more tags to the site. That prompted this post to launch a separate discussion about tags. It will be very useful for me to get your thoughts, so I don’t have to guess.

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