Author Focus – Melinda Barlow CZT

Do you have a blog or website?
Yes I do it has a funny name I have been drawing all my life and I started a business
called Inkidoodles. (Ink-Kid-Doodles) I draw this adorable little kid, and then ink your name or child’s
name in the body of the drawing. I also have a YouTube channel Melinda Barlow CZT that I add new
how to Tangle videos on every week.

What advice would you give newcomers?
This is one art that almost anyone can do and do well if they practice.
Zentangle® has a saying “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time”™
The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing
structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. “Zentangle” is a registered
trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at

When do you tangle?
I tangle all the time. At least once a day, I got my CZT Certified Zentangle Training October 2008 and I
have been tangling every day since.

Do you have any artistic training?
Yes I am a proud member of Class #4 CZT 2008
My mother is an artist and as a child I took classes from her. She thought I used to much purple when I
drew the mountains on a landscape one time. Just a side note! I as far as formal art school No!

What are your favorite art supplies to use and why?
I love the micro pen, or any pen by Sakura I use the all! I have always loved pen and ink, I do however
like to add color once and a while.

Do you do any other type of art?
Yes I am a Quilter, Weaver, Knitter, and Calligraphy. I also love to add Zentangle to Typography.

What are your 5 favorite go to patterns?
Flux, Hurry, Mooka, One-Two-Three, and Fescu. That was hard, I love so many and I like to add new
tangles all the time.

Have you published a book devoted to Tangling your Zen?
No book, just my YouTube channel, which takes most of my time, when I am not working as a librarian. I
do however teach two classes weekly at the library where I work. Come by some time and take a class.


Please also check out Melinda’s Author Page!

And here are Melinda’s 2 beautiful patterns. Click the links to watch her instruction videos on YouTube!

Nymph by Melinda Barlow

Oh Well by Melinda Barlow


3 thoughts on “Author Focus – Melinda Barlow CZT

  • May 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I have a Top Ten favorite list of my most beloved tanglers, and Melinda Barlow ranks high! I would like to thank Melinda for her hard work and dedication to producing her videos. That calm, sweet voice and her excellent skills make it easy to learn from her. She inspires me! And I can’t wait for the next video! Thank you Ina for featuring Ms. Barlow on this forum. (By the way, you, Ina, rank high on my list, too!)

  • February 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm


    I watch your you tube videos every single morning and I love your instruction. I am not always tangling, but trying to every single day. I love art and love creating it, but sometimes I just don’t have the time, which is unfortunately. It is the one thing that keeps me at peace. Thank you for your instruction.

    I would like to create a system where I do not have to hunt down my tangles and I see that there is an instruction card, but I can’t find anyway to purchase it. If you could help me with this it would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching a copy of what I am talking about.

    Well looks like I can’t attach it, but I hope you know what I am talking about, the instructions cards are shown in tangle patterns.


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