Full of dozens of new tiles and four never-before seen tangles, this book will have you using Zentangle in ways you never dreamed. Create shapes, letterforms, borders, even Zendalas as you master each new tangle, all while reducing stress through the intentional act of creating repetitive patterns. Perfect for artists of all levels, this workbook will immerse you in a daily meditation of Zentangle.
Inside you'll find:
- Seven step-by-step demonstrations to help you get started
- Inspiration and guidance on how to use those tangles to create unique and beautiful tiles throughout the year
- More than 400 blank or partially started tiles so you can practice inside this book all year and without the fear of the blank page.
Introduction to the book by the author:
Welcome to The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook! I'm glad you’re here.
The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook is a complement to my first book Zentangle® Untangled. In that, I wrote about my Zentangle experience, explained how to get started and demonstrated many ways you could use Zentangle in other artistic pursuits.
This workbook is a little different from the last book. Here we work with the three tangle patterns I introduced in Zentangle® Untangled (Honeycomb, Starfish and Five-Oh), as well as four brand-new tangles that I have developed especially for this workbook You’ll see many other tangles throughout the workbook, but these seven are the ones that we will break down, step-by-step, and really develop ideas for.
I have taken a very stripped-back approach to this workbook compared to Zentangle® Untangled, which I hope will suit beginners on the Zentangle juggernaut, as well as provide some inspiration and guidance to those further into their exploration of the art form. This means that we will take a slow, step-by-srep journey through each tangle working through ideas and refining our skills.
I have not sought to replace the experience you receive in a class taught by a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Learning from a CZT remains the best way to begin and enjoy the Zentangle process. New CZTs all across the world are gaining certification regularly. I hope this workbook will supplement those classes and provide an alternative for those who don't have easy access to a CZT.
The Zentangle Untangled Workbook is a year long format to help you pace yourself while being introduced to Zentangle basics. I know that you're likely to skip ahead often, and that's perfectly OK. I've organized the book to suit a relaxed pace in keeping with the relaxed nature of Zentangle.
This workbook provides space to practice what you're learning. I strongly encourage you to tangle straight into this book and to not be afraid of "spoiling" anything. Remember, with Zentangle there is no scope for being wrong. Mistakes do not exist here. So, go right ahead – draw directly onto the following pages in pen. For further practice, get yourself a stash of Zentangle tiles or maybe a notebook that you can experiment in.
During the first week you'll practice some basic skills and concepts, such as drawing straight lines and circles, shading adding color, as well as introducing Zendalas to the mix (Zentangle + mandala = Zendala). You can do these exercises to warm yourself up for the weeks ahead, or you can come back to them as you wish.
We then take each of the seven tangles and spend a week really practicing each element:
Each week includes examples of how to use these elements and provides practice areas for you to have a go. Remember, mine are just suggestions. You are welcome and encouraged to do your own thing!
- Week 1: Step-out process for the tangle
- Week 2: Shading the tangle
- Week 3: Using colour
- Week 4: Using the tangle as a page/tile border
- Week 5: Creating letterforms
- Week 6: Creating shape
- Week 7: Zendala fun
At the end of the book there are some pages with blank tiles printed onto them for general practice. You may wantto use these as you go or as a place to combine your newly acquired talents when you've completed the workbook. That's completely up to you.
So, grab your pen, turn the page and let's get started!
About the author:
Kass Hall is an Australian mixed-media artist and writer. She has worked in the
arts fields in Australia and Canada, and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in various countries. Her first book, Zentangle' Untangled, was published in 2012 and is available from calligraphity.com. For more information click here.
1st edition, 2013, paperback, 128pp, fully illustrated in colour and / or monochrome throughout, 23 x 21.7cm