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What is Zentangle?
Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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Use this Random Tangle Selector with your 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.



String Templates

Background: In the process of creating a Zentangle one begins by lightly penciling a border and a “string”, generally a freeform shape, on the 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (9 cm x 9 cm) tile of high quality paper, into which one then draws intricate patterns, “tangles” using a Sakura Micron Pen.

The idea for STRING TEMPLATES was first suggested by Sandra Strait in this post on

Free String Template Downloads

UPDATE: There is now a separate category on the pink alphabetic menu for STRINGS with a new string added every Saturday morning.

  1. Sandra Strait’s String Template #1: right click here to download the 760 KB PNG image file.

10 comments to String Templates

  • Debby

    Thanks! This will be a big help when I hit a block.

  • Deborah Williams

    Thanks so much. Lately I have been drawing zentangles without any strings because I was always using the same string to begin. This helps so much.

  • Candii

    This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. 😉

  • Amy

    Thanks for sharing. This will help alot.

  • Ruth

    Thank you so much – Your generosity is exceeded only by your creativity – I am always so grateful and appreciative of your sharing and efforts to keep us zentanglers organized and inspired.

  • Kim


    I tried to download the templates, and was not able to. Thought you might want to repair the link! Fantastic site! 🙂

  • Sue

    As a Newbie,I am thankful for the string ideas! So far I have been tangling around and through letters of the alphabet, but now have finished one alphabet set, but didn’t couldn’t get the hang of how to work without the alphabet letters “crutches” ! I even tried getting a piece of real string, shutting my eyes and dropping it on to the square, but found it was dropping and curling into too small an area !
    Also I have just been away on holiday and the thing I missed most about home was my tangling ! I am well and truly hooked…….THANKYOU ! :-))

  • Liz

    I wanted to thank you for your hard work. I have been a doodler for many many years and now enjoy tangling even more. My father recently passed away and it has been helping me with my depression. My next step is to order your kit or to find a class nearby. Thanks again.

  • camila

    Gracias por estas ideas maravillosas Un abrazo calido para todas camila

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