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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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How to make origami Christmas trees to tangle for the holidays

Origami Christmas Tree

Here is a fun and inexpensive project to jump start your crafts for the upcoming Christmas season and it’s something that, with a little supervision, children can also manage.

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On understanding Zentangle®

Let's discuss it!

This article “A post with no pictures” was posted earlier today by CZT Sandy Hunter on her blog and she is so eloquent I thought it worth sharing on TanglePatterns. So with Sandy’s kind permission, here is her post reprinted in its entirety.

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Lightfast or not? Important considerations about color in your Zentangle®-inspired art

Tips, Tools, Techniques

After we explored the idea of adding color in your Zentangle® art in last week’s wonderful article by CZT Marie Browning, CZT Jane Catherine shares her expertise on the subject of lightfastness and color. And why it’s important to carefully consider the materials you use for color in your art.

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Adding glorious color to your ZIA projects

Marie Browning's ZIA using Dual Brush Pens

CZT and Tombow signature designer Marie Browning shares her considerable expertise with an overview of materials and hints on how to add glorious color to your Zentangle® creations in this awesome tutorial featuring her beautiful, colorful ZIA examples.

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Tangle Refresher 98

Buried Treasure! And how to switch back and forth easily between the Mobile and Desktop versions of the site on your mobile device.

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Zentangle® and Gelli™ printing with foam stamps

Tips, Tools, Techniques

Here’s another way to create wonderful Zentangle-inspired art! This video tutorial demonstrates how to print greeting cards and matching envelopes using simple foam sheets to create stamps to use with a Gelli printing plate.

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Auras in nature

Buried Treasure! And exploring the creative possibilities of the tangle-enhancing technique of the aura.

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How to draw HEART BOX

Links to online instructions for drawing Helen Williams’s Zentangle® pattern: Heart Box. Includes a video tutorial by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on how to make an “Explosion” Valentine’s Day card using the Turkish Map Fold.

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Tangle Refresher!

Buried Treasure! Today we’re seeking your input for a fellow tangler asking for advice about what to do if you get stuck completing a Zentangle®. Includes tips from Rick and Maria.

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How to give TanglePatterns eBooks as gifts

How to give eBook gifts from TanglePatterns.com

Wondering how to give TanglePatterns.com eBooks as gifts? It’s a very thoughtful idea, and one that keeps on giving! In order to make your eBook gift-giving easy, I’ve added a new page on the STORE menu – HOW TO GIVE TANGLEPATTERNS EBOOKS AS GIFTS – specifically for this type of eBook order.

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Tangle Refresher!

Buried Treasure! And a treasure-trove of links for making inexpensive DIY Zentangle-inspired paper Christmas ornaments, snowflakes, stars, ornament tags and gift boxes.

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How to tangle on glass Christmas ornaments, a tutorial by CZT Anna Houston

Tangled Ornaments Tutorial by CZT Anna Houston

As the calendar edges relentlessly closer to the holidays, it’s time to start thinking about getting a few of those seasonal crafts underway. In this tutorial CZT Anna Houston shares her beautiful tangled ornaments and gives us tips on what works, and what doesn’t.

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Tangle Refresher!

Buried Treasure! AND: Frugal Friday! Great tips on getting more out of your Sakura Micron pens, and how to make your own tortillions (blending stumps).

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Tangle Refresher!

Buried Treasure! Bonus! Strathmore Artist Studio’s 2014 FREE workshops on drawing basics, visual journals, and watercolor sketching and journaling.

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Sharpen your line drawing skills with six easy lessons from Simone Bischoff

Simone Bischoff's Line Art Lessons

Many of us are fascinated by the wonderful, larger-than-life line art of Justine Ashbee. … Since it’s Friday and we have the weekend to play and practice, I thought this would be a good time to share German artist and art teacher Simone Bischoff’s line drawing lessons which are reminiscent of Justine’s art, but on a Zentangle®-inspired scale.

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Tangle Refresher!

Buried Treasure! Here’s what was new in the Zentangle® world a year ago – five tangle pattern gems for your tangling pleasure. Also, “must read” tips about using the site for tanglers who are new to Zentangle® and TanglePatterns.com.

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How to draw VERCUT

Zentangle pattern: Vercut

Links to online instructions for drawing JJ LaBarbera’s Zentangle® pattern: Vercut. Also JJ’s tutorial on making Zentangle-inspired Shrinky Dink pendants.

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An easy and elegant technique for creating hand-made greeting cards

Zenspirations Greeting Card

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Many of us love the Zenspirations dangle designs and patterning techniques of calligrapher and artist Joanne Fink and her earlier videos are very popular viewing. In this video Joanne demonstrates how to use her Zenspirations dangle designs and Sakura pens to create a lovely hand made greeting card.

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Ideas for tangling and decorating plastic Easter eggs

Angie Vangelis decorates plastic eggs

In this video, CZT Angie Vangelis demonstrates three easy ways to decorate plastic Easter eggs with tangles and flowers using Sakura Micron, Moonlight, Glaze and Watercolor Brush Pens.

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Going Dotty – Exploring a Stippled Zentangle

Stippled Zentangle - Linda Farmer, CZT. 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.

Exploring the technique of Stippling to create an interesting and unconventional Zentangle “one dot at a time”.

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Tips for using white ink on Black Zentangle® and Zendala Tiles

Rosé Zentangle tile before shading

With the new Black Zendala Sets now available along with the regular black Zentangle® tiles, you might be wondering what pens to use on them. How to draw strings? How to shade with white on black? Here are a few tips to get you started and you are invited to add your own suggestions in the comments …

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How to draw MAELSTROM

Zentangle pattern: Maelstrom. 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.

Online instructions for drawing Linda Dawson’s Zentangle® pattern: Maelstrom. And a recipe for creating grid tangles using “seeds”, from the founders of Zentangle.

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Tangler tips for using the “TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE”

Tangler Tips

Here are a couple of innovative ways tanglers are using my “TanglePatterns TANGLE GUIDE” to select their tangles for their Zentangles and Zentangle-inspired creations. Do you have any tips to offer about how you use the TANGLE GUIDE?

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How to draw three types of grids for your Zentangles

Tangler Tips

A new entry for our “Tutorials” tab on the alphabetic menu bar for ease of future reference. Read on for the simple steps for drawing three different types of grids from which many tangle patterns grow. Includes a free PDF to download with all the instructions for you to print out.

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Guidelines for creating Zentangle-inspired Art and Products

Tangler Tips

I’ve been getting email inquiries about what is involved in creating Zentangle®-inspired cards and other products for sale. I thought it would be helpful to review Zentangle’s current guidelines and make them available on TanglePatterns.

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A tutorial on expanding your range of options with the Sakura Micron 01 Pen

Sakura Micron 01 Pen

Today we’re going to take a look at tangling with the Micron pen because there are Zentangle® newbies who’ve joined us and the rest of us could probably use a good brush-up too. First we’ll take a quick look at the instrument itself, and then we’ll look at the art of being deliberate and controlling your pen to expand the range of options that you might not realize are available to you in using this tool.

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TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic – Part 2

Sandy Bartholomew, CZT

Here’s the second and final part of the TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic series, everything you want to know about shading your Zentangle art. In Part 2, guest contributor CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew (author of “Totally Tangled” and more) answers your shading questions with her personal suggestions and illustrates using tiles submitted to TanglePatterns for this series. In Part 1 posted earlier this week, CZT® Marizaan van Beek reviews shading tools, gives her personal guidelines, and demonstrates her method of shading Zentangles, step-by-step. Read on! …

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TanglePatterns Shading Mini-Clinic – Part 1

Marizaan van Beek, CZT®

Here’s another great resource, everything you want to know about shading your Zentangle art. In Part 1 of this two-part series, guest contributor CZT® Marizaan van Beek reviews shading tools, gives her personal guidelines, and demonstrates her method of shading Zentangles, step-by-step. In Part 2 coming up on Friday, CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew (author of “Totally Tangled” and more) answers your shading questions with her personal suggestions and illustrates using tiles submitted to TanglePatterns for this series. Read on! …

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Embossing metal with tangle patterns

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In this video, CZT® Suzanne McNeill demonstrates how easy it is to emboss metal with Zentangle® patterns.

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Creating colorful Zentangle-inspired mini canvases

Here’s a fun new video from Sakura’s Leslie Crumpler, also a CZT®, on creating bold, easy Zentangle-inspired mini canvases with colorful neon pens and markers. This could be a great summer project to share with kids. Young and old!

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