Zentangle

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● What is Zentangle®?
● My Zentangle experience
● Articles & publications
● My current classes
● Supplies
● My portfolio: Zentangle, ZIA and mixed media
● Additional websites to explore Zentangle
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WHAT IS ZENTANGLE®? ==============================

Zentangle teaches you to draw. Zentangle is a creative technique that breaks down complex-looking patterns to create art. The patterns–or “tangles”–are simple shapes combined in a particular order of steps, so it is not an intimidating process. The repetitive action is calming, thus increasing your focus and creativity. It’s easy, relaxing, abstract art.

“That’s not me,” you say? “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.” If you believe that, then I say: Nonsense! Regardless of your age or skill level, Zentangle is designed so that anyone can create beautiful images. You learn to become an artist.

How do you accomplish that? Unlike random “doodling,” the Zentangle approach is to deliberately concentrate on each circle, swirl or square that you make. That attention to the details is what gives you the focus and the relaxation element.

Traditional art is misleading and can be intimidating. For example, if you attempt to draw a cat and it doesn’t resemble an actual cat, then you think can’t draw and are not an artist. A Zentangle, however, is abstract in nature. Because you are not drawing a pre-planned “something,” the finished art is unexpected…and who doesn’t love a good surprise?!?

Life itself is an art form, and Zentangle is an interpretation of that idea. However you create, whatever your approach, Zentangle is enchanting, simple and inspiring. Don’t become overwhelmed by the detailed images you see online or in person. If you can draw a circle, square, triangle, a straight line and the letter “S,” then you can draw any tangle out there.

Go for it! I did, and look where I am now.
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MY ZENTANGLE EXPERIENCE

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I stumbled into Zentangle while researching a magazine article. My editor and I agreed that any paper medium is a natural fit for paper crafts. My initial research online pulled up one visually enchanting image after another. I was immediately intrigued and intimidated by the artwork. Could I ever create something, anything, as striking as that? No way.

Or could I? I dabbled in college art classes and could sketch a decent dragon, but this…? I was skeptical.

Under the guise of research, I ordered the full Zentangle Kit in December 2010. Once I used those “official” materials, I understood what all the fuss was about. The rough tactile texture of the square tiles. The crisp, sharp lines of black ink of white. Everything clicked. I moved cautious at first, and that’s how I experienced the calming ritual of repetition.

Fascinated.
Captivated.
Obsessed.

Five months after receiving that kit, I was in a small town outside Boston, Massachusetts, attending the next certification workshop with 60 other Zentangle enthusiasts. Every certification workshop is taught by co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, and it is the only way to become certified to teach. Participants learn about Zentangle’s history, approach and learn the process of tangling, the philosophy behind Zentangle, and a lot of other fun stuff. On May 16, 2011, I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).

First impressions can be deceiving. That weekend gave me the confidence to create this art. I knew I could do this.

That’s the beauty of Zentangle, turning non-believers into artists.

I had no intention to teach. I signed up to explore the Zentangle process, much like a weekend art retreat or a day of scrapbooking classes. However, during that workshop, I taught a brief exercise to the entire group. I walked away from that empowered that I could teach. I wanted to share this feeling with others.

And that’s where I am today: trapped in the middle of this happy madness. Zentangle is an outlet to create cool art that impresses people–even myself!

I’ve gained much more than technique with Zentangle. Through this, I explored different art medium and connected with people all over the world. I removed the word “mistake” from my vocabulary and inspired hundreds of other students to do the same. My students now view themselves as the artists they are. That you are.

My first Zentangle was unfocused and chaotic, rough and scratchy. So amateur. Yet I stare at these uneven, startled lines every day because I have that tile taped above my desk. I treasure that because it shows my progression and growth, the growth anyone can–and should–experience.
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ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

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Explore the relaxing art of Zentangle in the article that started it all:
Refresh your craft with a Zentangle break in the Fall 2011 issue of Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine.
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I’ve been a guest blogger and participant in the wildly popular weekly Diva Zentangle Weekly Challenge.  My post relates to a near and dear charity to my heart, THON:  Weekly Challenge #58: Diamonds.
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My art and editing work are found in the popular Zentangle shading workbook Made in the Shade by Cris Letourneau, CZT.
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Find more of my Zentangle work on:
Pinterest (Diana Hirsch).
Vine (DWHirsch).
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MY CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE

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You are an artist. Don’t believe that?  I’m here to show you that you are. Since August 2011, I’ve taught art students, professional groups, teenagers and scrapbookers .
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I AM CURRENTLY NOT OFFERING PUBLIC CLASSES, BUT I’M AVAILABLE TO CHAT, ANSWER QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE SUPPLIES. 
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SUPPLIES

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This user-friendly medium is portable, minimal and focus-friendly for any time of the day or night.

To explore the art further, I recommend:
● ZENTANGLE KIT – $50
….Comes with tiles, a booklet of tangles, guidelines, kit-exclusive DVD and all tools you’ll need
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ADDITIONAL ZENTANGLE TILES AND KITS
● TILES WHITE
….10 – $7.50
….25 – $16.50
….pack of 55 – $30
● TILES PRESTRUNG
….26 (includes 8 blank) — $19
● TILE ENSEMBLE
….These 9 tiles connect to form one large Zentangle square
….1 pack of 9 tiles – $10.50
….2 packs of 9 tiles (different ensembles)- $18
● BLACK TILES
….6 tiles – $4.50
● ARTIST TRADING CARDS (ATCs)
…. 21 White Tiles – $10
…. 21 Black Tiles – $10
● GO-TANGLE CARRY CASE
….One tile-size plastic case with 8 tiles and a decal – $10
● SAKURA MICRON .01 PEN – $2.75
● WHITE JELLY PEN (for black tile) – $1.75
● WHITE SHADING PENCIL – $1.50
● TILE/PEN/PENCIL KITS
….Various kits that do or do not include books – $Various
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MAGAZINE, BOOKS, WORKBOOKS: All books come with tiles to tangle! You won’t find that elsewhere.
Totally Tangled book by Sandy Bartholomew – $15
….A totally awesome book introducing new tangles and ideas for art projects.</span
Zentangle 4 book by Suzanne McNeill – $7
….New tangles with a focus on scrapbooking layouts and materials, art journals and home decor.
Zentangle 6 book by Suzanne McNeill – $7
….Focus on card making, papercrafts and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Features black tiles, too!
Zentangle 7 book by Suzanne McNeill – $7
….Explore mandalas–or Zendalas–with circles, balanced pattern design and projects.
Zentangle 8 book by Suzanne McNeill – $7
….Monograms and letters. Spell a name or create distinguished stationary.
Time to Tangle with Colors book by Marie Browning – $18
….Explore color techniques and Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA).
Zentangle for Kidz book by Suzanne McNeill – $7
….Tangle with your kids and encourage them to express themselves in drawing.
Joy of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill and Sandy Bartholomew – $20
….An in-depth look at Zentangle with new ideas for projects and inspirations for your creativity.
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MY ZENTANGLE PORTFOLIO

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A traditional Zentangle is black ink on a 3.5’x3.5′ white Zentangle tile. It is abstract and non-representational with no “up” or “down.” Many who enjoy this technique–including myself–want take it further and explore beyond the classic black and white. Zentangle has embraced that and offers different sized tiles and shapes. Beyond that, are many more ideas to create larger pieces, use color, and more. These extrapolations of the original form have come to be called Zentangle Inspired Art (or ZIA).
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MY TRADITIONAL BLACK AND WHITE
I default to using the Sakura black pens, but I like using larger nib pens, such as .03 or .05. I find those are better on larger pieces and easier to color in dark-contrast tangles, like Knightsbridge and Crescent Moon.

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MY WORK ON BLACK TILES
Any gel pen used on black tiles is thick and often “gum up” or run out of ink. Nibs are typically .05 because the ink is thicker, so fine detailed work can be challenging. There is no consistency that any particular white gel pen will/will not write well, so I vary the brands I use. Souffle pens work on black tiles, but the gumming-up issue is always present. The metallic pens made for black paper work best for me.

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MY COLOR ARTWORK
My color artwork is usually done in colored pens, usually .01 or .05 journaling pen found is the scrapbook section of stores. I also like Sakura Souffle pens. Sharpies on larger work is fun, especially the neon colors that glow under blacklight. My colored pencils include Prismacolor, good for the subtle variations for blending. The Derwent Inktense pencils add a vibrant intensity when used as watercolor.
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ADDITIONAL WEBSITES TO EXPLORE ZENTANGLE

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Learn more about Zentangle from:
Zentangle website
Zentangle Blog
The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.
Tangle Patterns –The definitive reference guide to all unique tangles created by Zentangle and CZTs around the world.
I am the Diva— The site of the original Zentangle weekly challenge.

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