CanTangle is a learning event for Certified Zentangle Teachers that will be hosted in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in July 2015. Join the fun!
Celebrate the creative process!
Sometimes it’s easy to get so focused on the product you forget about the creative process. Explore your creativity, adventure into the unknown and leave refreshed, with new teaching ideas and artistic endeavours!
What to expect:
What will I learn?
Classes are currently being planned to spark your creative juices and provide you with great teaching tips for your own Zentangle® teaching practice and personal work. Here are a few hints of what to expect!
What should I bring?
While all necessary supplies and more will be provided, participants may wish bring their favourite portable Zentangle® and Zentangle® Inspired Art supplies (a few tiles, pens, pencil crayons/markers/watercolours, etc.)
Want more info? Click HERE to go to the Official Website.
This review is by Sandra Strait and appeared on her blog, Life Imitates Doodles
Before I start with the review, I want to show you what I won from Sandy Bartholomew's recent Minion! contest (check out her ZT for Kidz blog to see all the fabulous entries).
I won a copy of the Zentangle for Kidz book; a packet of tangle trading cards with the patterns CUdad, Btl Joos, Stubert, Pollen & Punch; 5 official zentangle tiles in cool case; a bookmark, and a lovely little zentangle button! Life is Good!!!! Thank you Sandy for a really cool and fun contest, and for the fabulous prizes!
And now on with the review.
Zentangle for Kidz!
Zentangle for Kidz is slanted toward the younger generations, but would also be excellent for those adults who are really, really convinced they will melt if they ever pick up a pencil (you've all met someone like that!). The emphasis is on having fun.
The style is all Sandy's. If you've seen either of her other books, you'd instantly know this one is hers. But this one has the addition of Alex and Lilah-cartoon characters who guide you through the process of tangling, making you laugh along the way. Lilah Beans abound!
Most of the tangles can be found in her other two books, though I didn't recognize the tangles Dyon, Yo, Snare, Jelly or Jelly Moon. But the templates of a tangle trading card and tags that can be copied and used for organizing your tangles are all new. This would be a great book for a newbie, or your kids or just because you want to have fun!
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 20 pages, including covers
Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses. Perfect for folders.
What's Inside: Stuff you need; How to Draw a Zentangle; Let's Tangle; Snakes & Borders; Easy Zendalas; Auras; Messing around with Tangles; Strings; Where to find patterns; Templates for organizing patterns; More Ideas.
The Tangles: Knightsbridge; Lilah Bean; Keeko; Florz; Buttercup; Kaleido; Cootie; Pane; Hollibaugh; Krust;
Parabox; BB; Jetties; Puff-O; Gewgle; Punkin; Botto; Flutter; FlutterBi; Onamato; Meer; Shattuck; Knase; Zander;
Squid; Sippy; Msst; Btl Joos; Yo; Twist; Pearlz; Dyon; Gust; Caral; Awdry; Snare; Flux; Pingline; Crescent Moon;
Alps; Jelly; Jelly Moon; Zazzle; Tidal; Revel; Oshun; Mehndi Zendala
This review appeared on Tangle.Patterns.com by Linda Farmer
Zentangle for Kidz! is CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s latest Zentangle® book. Using a comic book style, written and illustrated by Sandy, Sandy helps kids discover how to draw “cool stuff”.
Cute cartoon characters, named Alex and Lilah after Sandy’s own children, guide kids through the easy steps of creating a Zentangle®, and patterned drawings that requires nothing more than a pencil, pen, paper. Zentangle for Kidz! is full of colorful kid-friendly illustrations that kids will find fun to follow and explore their own imaginations through drawing.
For those curious about the tangle patterns, by my count there are 47 tangles of which 17 are official Zentangle® patterns (including the first appearance of instructions for Dyon) and the rest are from Sandy’s previous books, Totally Tangled, and Yoga for Your Brain.
Sandy illustrates the steps for each tangle and uses tips and a variety of cartoon characters to help children make their way through the instructions. She gives tips on shading, adding auras, using shapes and letters for strings, and drawing basic zendalas.
Unlike Sandy’s two most recent books, Zentangle for Kidz! is the larger Zentangle-series (by Suzanne McNeill) physical dimension of 8.5 x 11-inches, and contains 20 pages including covers.
“Speaking in language all kids can understand and will appreciate, this new book provides everything your child needs to try their hand at drawing, while keeping it fun, easy and stress-free.”
Zentangle for Kidz! makes a great gift for any young child and might just spark a generation of contented tanglers. What could be wrong with that?
This review appeared on TanglePatterns.com by Linda Farmer
Good News! Sandy Bartholomew’s teeny-tiny AlphaTangle – A Totally Tangled Alphabet has just been republished by Suzanne McNeill’s Design Originals publishing company, and it’s now available for purchase. It’s a fun “new and improved, revised and updated” edition.
There are several updates to the new edition, starting with its slightly larger physical dimensions, 4 5/8 x 5 1/2-inches, and a newly designed cover.
Sandy has added a list of basic supplies and simple steps for getting started, along with a few drawing tips and 6 pattern mini-how-to’s: Nightsbridge, Keeko, Pearlz, Printemps, Hollibaugh and Ennies.
The rest of the charmingly tangled alphabet content is identical to Sandy’s original self-published first edition, with 77 of the original 102 official Zentangle® patterns. (See my review of the first edition here for more details.)
It’s no secret that I have a “thing” about people using correct terminology about Zentangle®. So I really like that Sandy points out some tangle lingo in her effort to help Zentangle Zealots keep their terms straight:
TIP: Zentangle is a noun, not a verb.
Don’t say “I Zentangled my bathroom floor.”
Say “I tangled my bathroom floor.”
Other things to say:
“I need to create a Zentangle, right now!”
“Sorry, I didn’t hear you. I was busy tangling.”
If you’re looking for tangle pattern drawing instructions, AlphaTangle isn’t it. (TanglePatterns.com is!)
But this is one book that every fan should have in their library because it illustrates many official Zentangle® patterns in a very delightful way. And it’s perfect for tucking in a pocket or bag to carry around with you for inspiration when you “Need to create a Zentangle, right now!”
This review appeared on Sandra Strait's blog, Life Imitates Doodles
Pages: 62 Pages: 68
Size: 4" x 4" Size: 4.5" x 5.5"
Cover Color: Black Cover Color: Red
No instruction Instruction: Tools--All You Really Need
Instruction: The Basic Steps
Steps are shown for: Printemps, Hollibaugh, Ennies
Alphatangle isn't meant to be a teaching book. It's a handy-dandy reference that shows beautiful examples of many patterns, but not the steps to creating them. It does not show how to draw the patterns. I emphasize this, because it's a delightful book, but people can be disappointed if they are expecting something different.
The original version is slightly more portable because of its smaller size. The
revised version has four pages of instruction for beginners.
Not all of the tangles in the book are official tangles, and not all of the official tangles are shown, but this is the largest collection of them to be found (unless you take the CZT training). If you want a small reference, easily carried, then this is the book for you.
I carry the original version of Alphatangle with me all the time, and it has started to fall apart (I've lost the opening page!), so it was a no-brainer for me to buy this revised version. Amazon says they still have 1 new of the Original available, but I don't believe it's available elsewhere unless someone is selling it on ebay.
This review appeared on Sandra Strait's Life Imitates Doodle Blog
Yoga for Your Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew
Size: 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6 x 21.6 cm )
Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses and a little thick for folders.
What can I say? Sandy Bartholomew has written the book I wish I had written! It has exercises, and projects, philosophy, and encouragement, all written clearly and with a wry sense of humor. The book is more advanced than its predecessor, Totally Tangled, going deeper into methods of shading, and for creating your own patterns.
If you are the person who says you can’t draw a stick figure, and you are very new to zentangle, this is a book you put on your list for later. But if you are an inexperienced tangler who has seen all those really cool zentangles and wondered how they were done—this is your book. And there are plenty of ideas for creativity so even the experienced tangler will find sources of interest.
The book is beautifully illustrated, and there are lots and lots of tangles—90 in all, 76 of them new.
Ammon, Annee, Apeel, Bales, Ballenchain, Baseflake, Becki, Bellaposa, Bellish, Besochix, Billiken, Bingley, Botto, Boxt, Caral, Chads, Chakra, Crystle, Circfleur, Coop, Cootie, Durn, Etcher, Fidget, Flake, Fleur, Fleur-ish, Flores De Casa, Florz, Fürn, Gewgle, Haffleur, Itch, Jute, Kringel, Krust, Leeter, Lustrade, Muffit, Mumsy, Ninja, Ogel, Paisley, Pellet, Pi, Pingline, Pixie, Portia, Purlbox, Quip, Radia, Ramykin, Sabi, Sippy, Skein, Slink, Slurp, Sporktine, Stature, Subcub, Sweed, Tentacle, Tide, Tideberry, Tuffit, Tung, Twiggy, Twist, Uptown, Vine, Wabi, Whysk, Wingding, X-glass,Y.A.F., Zusafürn Tangle Examples: Buttercup, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Jacki, Jetties, Keeko, Knightsbridge, Lilah Bean, Printemps, Punkin, Quabog, Sampson, Yawn,
Getting started with zentangle; Using Auras; Different kinds of shading; Curvy tangles; Tangles from Grids; Deconstructing patterns; Tangles within tangles; Using the Paisley pattern; Circular Tangles; Tips for Zendalas; Snowflake type tangles; Taking photos and sketches for patterns; Where to look for patterns; Tangling portraiture; Creating Tangle Variations; Combining Tangles; Making a spinner; Using Zentangle for Meditation; Zentangling What You Love; Using Styles; Transfers; Zentangle Journal; Foam Printing; Tangling on Rocks.
"Yoga for the Brain Potholder" by Sandra Strait
In this example, I've used the tangle Bales (with a striped Aura), Slink, Pellet, Purlbox, Radia & Jute.
This review appeared on TanglePatterns.com by Linda Farmer
Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s new book, Yoga for Your Brain: a Zentangle Workout is now available!
OMG – let me just say that if you already have Totally Tangled in your library you will definitely want to get Sandy’s latest.
By my count there are 90 patterns in the book – and 76 of them are all brand new patterns and they’re all by Sandy! The remaining patterns (14) are official patterns and others included in her two previous books, AlphaTangle and Totally Tangled.
The book is the same physical dimensions as Totally Tangled with 52 pages (including cover). It contains 24 chapters and an alphabetical tangle index at the end.
I am so excited about this book! It’s jam-packed with extended tutorials on all the things you learned in Totally Tangled and so much more. A few of the tips, projects and creative ideas included in the 24 chapters in Yoga for Your Brain include:
Please Note: This book is not geared to beginners. If you are a beginner, you should start with Totally Tangled. Of course, you can always get both.