INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME
This handbook of pattern steps does not in any way, replace classes from a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), nor is it intended to replace the training of a CZT. Theirs is the best training available anywhere for this art form.
Welcome! My name is Peters P. Jones, please call me Pete. Yes, there is an ‘S’ on the end of my first name (I was named after my paternal grandmother Laura Peters and maternal grandmother Bessie Perry). My full name is Peters Perry Jones, and I’m blessed (stuck) with it but as I always tell my students, “Please call me Pete ”.
You are about to embark on an adventure, whether you’re new to ‘tangling’ or an ‘old hand’ at this hobby, art form, business, fun (or addiction). I saw Zentangles® and tangling once years ago and then just recently, was reintroduced to it, correctly. I’ll include the note (in italics below) that I included when I started posting my tiles on my Peters Jones Facebook photo album site:
Hi my name is Pete Jones.
I’m a self taught tangler. Years ago I saw a Zentangle® tile for the first time and I thought it was really cool and I thought “I wish I could do that!”. This year at the 4th of July in Hopkinton, NH I saw a sign outside the library after the parade that said ‘Learn Zentangle® inside free’. Inside I met Diane LaChance, CZT for the first time and she taught me to create my first Zentangle. It had a Cadent and some other patterns on a 3X3 piece of plain paper, I was hooked!
The next few weeks I read every thing I could on the web, and studied everything I could, and ‘cut and pasted’ a huge number of tangle step instructions from Tanglepatterns.com (I highly recommend this site, It’s terrific!). I started with a plain sharpie felt tip and #1 pencil on 3 X 5 cards. After the first 20 or so, I bought some heavy cotton paper and with my trusty paper cutter I created my own ‘tiles’. When I had 80 or 90 tiles done I contacted Diane to buy an official Zentangle® kit. It just so happened that she was going by my house to teach a class locally so she dropped off the kit.
I showed her all the ‘tiles’ and of course she complemented my work and found nothing ‘wrong’ with them. I never put much emphasis on shading, and didn’t see the importance to it. She showed/taught me a little bit about shading and I was hooked again. I went back and added shading to my 80 tiles that I had done and now I shade every tangle right after I ‘lift’ the pencil strings off with an artist’s eraser. (I would never erase, because I know there’s no erasing with a Zentangle.)
These pictures are 101 of my 102 tiles done and shaded thus far. I gave away number 1 on a flight to a nice high school girl that seemed to love Tangling at first glance. By the way, Tangling on a plane is terrific! They’re small and fit easily on the drop down tray. I created my first 20 on vacation with my wife at the beach, I created my most recent 20 flying round trip to Yellowstone on this vacation. I hope you enjoy them, Pete.
I put the registered ® symbol following the word Zentangle® throughout this manual. The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. You can learn much more at zentangle.com and by taking a class with a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT). If I omit the registered trademark symbol anywhere in this book because it is part of a web address or a pattern name, would you the reader please assume it is present everywhere. I give Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas total credit for the creation of this terrific Art Form and the name.
I discovered and started cutting and pasting patterns at tanglepatterns.com. The site created and maintained by Linda Farmer, CZT. You may submit your patterns to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to her site and click the “submit your pattern” tab for full submission instructions. I could submit my Spynnakas pattern (see index) there and I probably will, soon. This site is a terrific source of patterns and instructions for ‘tangling’ them! But I did not stop there.
I ‘googled’ (my favorite gerund) “Zentangle” and then later “Zentangle® patterns” and got a gazillion hits. I set out to find the pattern instructions for every pattern in existence. Little did I know that this is impossible. (There were six more created just while you read this paragraph!) I did find a lot of “how-to” pattern instructions in the typical or traditional format and I started pasting them into a MSWord© document. Some sites that I’ve found that are extremely prolific include: www.timetotangle.blogspot.com Diane LaChance’s site; flickr.com (search for ‘Zentangle pattern’); http://beezinthebelfry.blogspot.com from Sandy Steen Bartholomew in Warner, NH; of course Linda Farmer’s tanglepatterns.com; Susan McNeil’s site http://blog.suzannemcneill.com where she displays the ‘Zentangle® of the week’ and includes all of them in her monthly archives; Oklahoma Zentangle® fans site: http://okztfans.wetpaint.com/page/Tangles+to+Try; http://pinterest.com/ohioflowergirl/zentangle-how-to-patterns/ from April Nicholson-Couch; the archives at http://thehappytangler.blogspot.com/; http://www.rainbowelephant.com/; and finally, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas’ site www.zentangle.com.
After five months it grew to over 1000 patterns and 400 pages. I thought, “If I draw my own versions of every pattern it would be terrific practice, and I could share it with other people”. That was this impetus for this book.