All Tangled Up by Cherryl Moote



All Tangled Up by Cherryl Moote



Introduction to the book by its author
Over the course or my thirty-plus years as a calligrapher, I have had the pleasure of attending the international calligraphy conventions a number of times as both an attendee and an instructor. In the summer of 2010 I headed off to Boston, where that year's convention was being held, not knowing just how much my life was about to change for the better.

I’ve made many calligraphic friends over the years and really look forward to catching up with them at the conventions. Several times at the Boston convention I had the pleasure of sitting with C.C. Sadler from California. When I asked her what was new with her she told me about Zentangle®. After I saw her tangled samples, how excited she was about the practice of Zentangle, and the positive results she was seeing with her own work, I asked her to take me to the conference supply store to show me what to buy to get started. The supply store was run by Brenda Broadbent of Paper and Ink Arts who became a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in the very early days of Zentangle. I picked up a Zentangle kit and headed home, happy, but very tired.

Going practically straight from the airport to our summer place for a week off, I was exhausted and, as Winnie the Pooh would say, a bear of little brain. One morning, coffee in hand, I popped the CD from the Zentangle kit in my computer and began a journey that will continue as long as I can find pens and paper. I worked my way through the booklet and CD inside the kit and fell in love.

Of course, it wasn't long before I was blending tangled patterns with calligraphy and starting to make little cases and boxes for the tiles. One of the first things I made was a sweet little accordion book with a Crisscross Cover (Page 39) for the tangle patterns I was learning. I quickly filled it as I began to see patterns and possibilities everywhere I looked.

With Zentangle, I found a new way of looking at the world. Using the technique recharged my creative batteries but it also, finally, provided me with a meaningful way of relaxing and de-stressing. I had been told by countless medical professionals to find a way to lower my feelings of stress. I had tried lots of methods, but none had worked. Zentangle did. I wanted to be able to share the artistic and meditative aspects of Zentangle in the best way possible, so I set off in February of 2011 to Whitinsville, Massachusetts to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted by not one but two familiar faces. C.C. Sadler, who had first introduced me to Zentangle, and Aimee Michaels, who ran the conference in Boston, were there as well. It was wonderful to share time and a work table with them that week. My experience in Whitinsville further heightened my awareness of the potential of the Zentangle method. In the next chapter you will find more about Zentangle, its creators Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, and the positive effects of Zentangle.

Many of my friends have again pitched in as testers for the projects in this book. I've tried to teach them a little bit about tangling each time they come. Each testing session I learn more about how people read instructions and how to improve how I write, diagram and illustrate the projects so it is as easy as possible to make them. I am particularly indebted to my testing teams this time because we have published two books this year and they have worked twice as hard. My thanks to: Carol Ayers, Ruth Booth, Bella Chang Fong, Carolyn Disher, Lynn Lefler and Liz Menard.

For editing, proofing, hand holding, cheerleading... Lynn Lefler has done it all again, and again, and again. She runs away to Florida each year for months on end and I miss her dearly. But when she is here, she quietly supports me in all I do and laughs with me all the while. Ruth Booth is another friend who has been by my side through thick and thin for a long time. She gamely shows up for testing sessions even though bookbinding has never been her first love. Her experience with publishing was desperately needed as I headed into this book with its new format and colour adventures. I am grateful that she accepted when I asked her to take the role of technical advisor for this book.

My in-house photographers, Stan and Victoria, have done double duty as well this year. I am indebted to them for their patience with taking hand shots and photos of small, inanimate objects. They would much rather be shooting other things, especially things without bows.

I called this book All Tangled Up because tangles belong everywhere. And by everywhere, I don't just mean on paper, or objects or walls. I mean Zentangle supplies belong in your purse, or briefcase or backpack. Take them wherever you go and take time to tangle every day. This book is full of ways to transport your tiles and ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), beautiful ways to store them and show off finished tiles, and ways to grow as a tangler. My experience is that any day I can take time to get all tangled up, I feel calmer and recharged. Cherryl Moote, Author

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1st edition, 2012, paperback, 128pp, fully illustrated instructions with many colour plates, 25.5 x 21.8 cm

All Tangled Up by Cherryl Moote
£25.00 EUR 30.82