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Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1

Zentangle Primer - Volume 1March 5, 2016 For the last two years the founders of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, have been quietly working behind the scenes on their second book. And it’s here at last!!

UPDATE APRIL 2020 – the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 is now available as an instant-download Kindle ebook here on Amazon! Just $9.99. Be sure to get the free Kindle app too. Now available as a Kindle eBook in Spanish here, and in Japanese here.

UPDATE JANUARY 2021 – the hardcover edition of the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 is no longer available.

Introducing Zentangle PRIMER Volume 1.

This much anticipated second publication is available now, and you can order yours here!

Zentangle PRIMER Volume 1 is intended to be a companion book to The Book of Zentangle and it is the same size and coffee table format as the first book. “It is the same dimensions with 187 pages of step-outs, tangles, and text in hardbound format.”

Yes, you read that right, this one has step-outs and tangles!! (See the BOOK REVIEW > ZENTANGLE PRIMER VOL 1 page for more details and tangler reviews.)

Rick writes,

“This book is an ‘old-world’ instructional that is simple in its delivery but with enough information to gently guide the novice, or enlighten the master. Whoever reads this, will find what they seek. Hidden in the margins and borders and exemplars are inspirations. Each time you leaf through its folios, you will find something new to spark your creativity. Each time you study it, you may find yourself going just a bit beyond what you previously thought possible.

Working solely on white tiles with black ink, this book digs deep into the fundamentals of the Zentangle method and teaches the techniques and tools you need to take your Zentangle practice where you want.

Here’s a look at its Table of Contents:

  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • The Zentangle Method
  • Lesson 1 – Your First Tile
  • Lesson 2 – Your Next Tile
  • Lesson 3 – String Theory
  • Lesson 4 – Shading
  • Lesson 5 – No Mistakes
  • Lesson 6 – More Tangles
  • Lesson 7 – Reticula and Fragments
  • Lesson 8 – A Zentangle Practice
  • Appendix A – Resources and Information
  • Appendix B – Glossary
  • Credits
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Colophon

In this book we introduce the terms “Reticula” and “Fragments.” We think you will find this approach adds a new and exciting aspect to your Zentangle explorations.

Our desire in creating this tome was that your copy will eventually have tattered corners, well-worn pages, and hand-drawn notes in its margins. A book that has been loved and used. It will become your go-to book of all things Zentangle.”

For even more detail and to read tangler reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS > ZENTANGLE PRIMER Vol 1 page on the top menu bar.

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Softcover $23.95 US plus shipping. OR – order your Kindle Edition $9.99 here. US orders are shipped by USPS Priority Mail; Canada and International orders are shipped by USPS First Class Air. Mail orders are also accepted, please visit the ordering page below for prices including shipping and mailing details. A book bundle offer is available to order both Zentangle books together and save on shipping, visit the page corresponding to your order’s destination below. Book sales are final.

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Zentangle Primer Volume 1 This is the only Zentangle book you'll ever need: the fabulous Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®. Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
NEW! Now available in KINDLE format for $9.99. Spanish Edition here. Japanese Edition here.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H


5 comments to Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1

  • Krystyna G

    Linda or anyone – I’m hoping to buy both the Book of Zentangle and also Zentangle Primer 1 – I do not seem able to add more than one book to the cart – is there a trick to doing this that I’m missing?



    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Krystyna, until now they had to be ordered separately and then I refunded the shipping surcharge when the orders were shipped. However I’ve just added an option to purchase both Zentangle books together as a bundle – see Item #10 above. Thanks for asking and for the prompt to add this option! Cheers and happy tangling, Linda

  • Denise S

    is the Tangle Guide something that I can take to a printer to have printed double side? I bought one a few years ago and printed it out on a home printer. 1,000 seems a bit more significant, so I’m considering taking it to a printer, having it printed and then spiral bound. Any thoughts?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Denise, you can still print it on a home printer but you should only send a few pages at a time or you will overwhelm your printer’s memory. Naturally you’ll probably save time taking it to a printer and their spiral binding is a great choice – that’s what I do myself. But I print my own pages and take it to them to have them bind it for me. Choices, choices!! 🙂 Hope that helps.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    In Zentangle’s “21 Days of Bijouisms” series honoring Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s bijouism is Choose Your Tangles and today’s video uses a reticulum and fragment from the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1.

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