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Zentangle Basics: A Creative Art form Where All You Need Is Paper Pencil & Pen Paperback – Jan 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Design Originals (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157421327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574213270
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 0.4 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Give your kids the Zentangle series of books and watch them turn their doodles into a whole new art form. The technique is simple: start with a shape, such as a square, then mark off sections within the shape and fill in each with an intricate design - either your own or one of the dozens illustrated. The books also offer inspiration for decorating cards, paper dolls, and more.

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New! Expanded edition includes 16 new workbook pages for practice and enjoyment.

Zentangle turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. This relaxing process can be done anywhere and no ‘artistic’ talent is needed. Embellish journals, scrapbooks, art, paintings and cards. There is really no limit to creativity.

The Zentangle Basics book helps students and educators get started. It features step-by-step illustrations for 25 tangles. Also included are tips on how to relate Zentangle to learn spelling, math, social studies, geometry and art.

Traditional Zentangle includes a ritual to help get in touch with life. Tangles are used as learning skills for school children, as stress reduction for adults and they help develop dexterity. In addition, Zentangles can be fabulous works of art that resemble etchings.

“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.” ™
— Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, zentangle.com

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I was kind of disappointed when I received the book because just about all the patterns in it can be found on the internet. I wish I had used the money for good paper and pens and continued searching the net for new patterns.
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My students love this book - I bought it with the intention of using it myself, however when I received it, I realized that I had already worked with almost all of the patterns. As a result, it became part of my classroom library - I have to make sure that it doesn't make its way into desks!! My students use it regularly when they have some down time - I've created tangle monsters! (Grade 8 students - they're usually "too cool" for stuff like this, but my guys love it... and I have 20 boys and only 9 girls!)
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Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill has remained my favourite even though I own four other related book. She starts from the beginning listing the few materials that you need to get started and what ages this art form would be appropriate, ages five and up. Very quickly, Suzanne gets you started with your first drawing. She shows step by step illustrations of how to draw each tangle, both as a full square of each and then as part of a mulit-tangle drawing. In all she show 24 step by step tangles.

One of the best features of the book, are the images of completed tangles drawn using the illustrated tangles. She also gives lots of ideas of how and where to use Zentangles in your daily activities.

No matter that I own several other Zentangle books, this is the one that I keep coming back to time and again. I highly recommend Zentangle Basics for anyone wanting to start this type of drawing. This book is widely available from most book retailers and even from some quilt shops and art stores.
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This book is an excellent resource for those starting off in the hobby of Zentangling. It is concise and to-the-point, with no unnecessary information and enough examples and tangles to get a new Tangler started. This book is not intended for experienced Zentanglers; the tangles and techniques shown are likely to already be in the repertoires of intermediate/advanced Tanglers.
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Very disappointed with this book. Very thin, I would not even call it a book, more of a pamphlet. Looks like something from the dollar store for kids. Not worth the paper it is on, let alone the price. Save your money and just look up Zentangle online or choose another book.
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Although very short, it is indeed a very basic introduction to zentangles. It's just enough to get you started, and enough to leave you wanting more.
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Great Book to start learning to Tangle, so excited to see more Love the website tanglepatterns.com. I am so excited about doing these drawings.
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