Wednesday, June 02, 2010


I first tried to Zentangle a year ago, but recently I’ve renewed my interest and have some reasonable results.

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Zentangle is the copywritten name of a system of doodling where you use repeating forms. Their official website is

and they offer classes and sell kits but you can “zentangle” with any kind of pen or pencil and paper. I started with pencils and ball point pens on scrap white paper, but I’ve progressed to using a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (black – S) and drawing on a Strathmore Sketch Pad. The pad is spiral bound (8.5” x 5.5") so it’s handy to move around with me, I keep it by my computer to sketch while I waiting for a page to load, or to quickly record ideas that I see when browsing blogs. Pigma pens (Sakura Pigma Micron) are also used by many tanglers. I now have 4 different pen tip sizes for different line sizes.

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There is a wealth of information and examples on the internet. Just Google the word “Zentangle” and you will be offered many places to explore, examples, lessons, you-tube videos, Flickr groups, and of course blogs, several of which I have subscribed to for inspiration.

2010.06 001 is published by the creators of the Zentangle system. Of course they are selling their kits and classes, but they also freely share a lot of designs.

There is a strong correlations between free motion quilting designs and zentangle designs, so of course a lot of quilters are attracted to Zentangling. That’s how I stumbled upon Jane Monk’s studio, the first post I read showed a Journal cover she had machine quilted in a Zentangle type design. Her blog is a constant inspiration to me for creating new designs.

A few other places to get you started:

Life Imitates Doodles where the author not only shares her own patterns, but includes links to many other great designs.

How to Zentangle

Beez in the Belfry