Thursday, February 24, 2011

T is for Tangle

 No, No - not the dance.  It's a form of doodling, short for zentangle!  Isn't this a beautiful tangle my friend Erika did, from Little Andalucia?

Let me give you a short history.  Zentangles were created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can find their website here  This is their explanation of what a Zentangle is:

    Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.

But what's the difference between a Zentangle and a Tangle?  I've been told there are 102 teachable Zentangle forms and everything else is just a tangle doodle.  You can find these tangle patterns on the website TanglePattern.com operated by Linda Farmer.

Feel like taking a class and learning more about this art form?  They are given by Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT), all over the world!  Here's a list of the teachers and their locations.  Of course, if you like having instructions in your hands, buy a book on tangles.  That's right.  Do a search for "tangle" on Amazon and you'll find any number of books. 



You can also buy an original Zentangle kit from Rick and Maria (mentioned above) complete with "tiles" to draw on, Micron pens (that are acid free and draws a 0.25 mm wide line), pencils and sharpener, instruction book and DVD, and 20 named Tangles.  All this comes in a handsome container. 

If you want to see how others completed the sentence  "T is for ______", come visit Ms. Matlock's class at AlphabeThursday   {:-D

11 comments:

Erika said...

Deb, this is a great piece! I still find it so confusing what the difference is between the two but after my last post of my doodle I decided it was more fun for me if I just relaxed and played instead of worrying about those definitions.

It is funny you wrote about this because yesterday I thought of you--I worked in my sketchbook while waiting for my fabric to arrive and I attempted my version of the sketchbook challenge after reading about it on your blog. And I planned yesterday to write up a post with a link to you!

Great minds:)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Erika's zentangle is so cool! It looks like a fun art!

Donnie said...

I have never seen anything like this. Really creative.

BeadedTail said...

I'm learning so much from you and Erika! I'm horrible at drawing but this looks like fun!

Teresa said...

Never heard of this before, but it does look very fun and relaxing.

Anna said...

This was new and interesting to me!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's ABC-F and AT-T: Tooth-Faerie

Jingle said...

interesting....

Happy Weekend.

Judie said...

My best friend artist does pen and inks like the picture above, but she does them all by hand--no pattern but the one in her head. This is very interesting!

BEAR's Mom said...

this is exactly why i love linking up to Alphabe-Thursday...you learn something new every week...
very interesting post ~ THANX
~victoria~

onangelwings said...

I had no idea I have been Zentangling all my life.
http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2011/02/alphabe-thursday-t.html

Short and Sweet said...

I never knew this! Very informative "T" post.

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