Exploring the Zentangle®

Earlier this week I wrote about quick options to help freshen up your existing box of stationery with Handdrawn flower doodles – to enhance your note paper and envelopes.  Today we are looking at doodles at a whole new level…

Today we are looking at the Zentangle®.  

Who knew there were actual pattern names for different types of doodles when putting into a Zentangle !?

In 2010 I first became aware of Zentangles – signing up for a several week class in March 2010 at a local community art class.   Prior to starting the class I had already gotten two workbooks: Zentangle Basics and Zentangle 2 – both by Suzanne McNeill.     The photo upper left displayed today is of my second zentangle I did at class, it is dated March 27, 2010.

This is something that you could definitely apply to your handwritten notes and letters – or you could include one into your card/letter when you mail.

In checking around this week and confirming recent links, each of these confirmed my link choices as being current.  Here are some starting links for you if you want to explore further.

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The photo enclosed of the Zentangle square is from what was given at that class I took.

Rick and Maria at Zentangle replied back that this is their correct link: https://www.zentangle.com/   “The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com. ”  Here you will find a great starting point and wealth of information.  (On Twitter @zentangle)

There is an entire new world – with  square cards – for you to sign and date on the lined side, and on the blank side to put pen to that paper.  There were small business card size blank cards too where people would exchange and collect.

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The “AlphaTangle” mini book by Sandy Steen Bartholomew – purchased in 2010 and still use it!

Sandy Steen Bartholomew – The “AlphaTangle” mini book from 2010 I bought from her etsy store.

Sandy was nice to reply and confirm this to be her preferred link:  http://www.sandysteenbartholomew.com/.   Be sure to see her blog too!

The book measures 4″ x 4″ and on each page is a letter of the alphabet with each having their own zentangle.  (On Twitter  @SandyBee)

In looking at other active sites, I came across Linda Farmer with TanglePatterns and she confirmed this is the recommended link: http://tanglepatterns.com/zentangles/what-is-a-zentangle.    Also, it was pointed out the official tiles and other basic Zentangle supplies are also available on her site in the STORE:   http://tanglepatterns.com/store/white-zentangle-tiles.  (On Twitter  @TanglePatterns)

One of the things I remember from class was I ended up ordering a zentangle dice – the idea being if you are stuck with which pattern to use next you could throw the dice and then use that numbered pattern with what is thrown as the result. What is appealing about this art form is with some simple steps and framework a person can get started right away and get as detailed as they wish to explore more techniques or dabble.  Thank you to Rick and Maria at Zentangle, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Linda Farmer with TanglePatterns for being so helpful in confirming their links with me.

Join me tomorrow as we continue with our theme this week of Writing Outside the Box!

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