Beginners Guide Part 1

You have just discovered tangling – so much information is available. The question is WHERE TO START.

There are a few terms you should know before beginning:

  • A tangle – sometimes we refer to a pattern as a tangle, sometimes to artwork. Tangle can be used as a noun or a verb. “This is my tangle” or “I had fun tangling”.
  • A tile – usually a square piece of sturdy paper. The most common size is 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • A string – random guidelines drawn in pencil on a tile.

Material required:

PensPen and paper – as simple as that. You can tangle with fineliners, sharpies, permanent markers. Some people tangle with gel pens or even normal ballpoint pens. Best results are obtained by using your preferred brand of fineliner – this could be a Micron, Copic, Staedtler – any pen that uses pigment ink. The tip size ranges from 0.03 to 0.8. For very delicate work people use 0.05. For me it’s too fine – I prefer a tip size of 0.1 and to fill large areas I use a 0.8 tip. I also tried every single brand and settled on Staedtler Pigment Liner. Many people swear by the Pigma Micron by Sakura. To get you started however, just take ANY brand and get started.

The paper quality is of some concern. Standard copy or printer paper is thin and sucks up too much ink. For best results you should locate artist quality paper suitable to work with pigment ink. The paper should be nice and smooth to allow you pen to easily glide over it. For starters you might as well use printer paper, Post-It notes or anything you can lay your hands on.

 

Let’s get started:

Now that you have pen and paper, let’s begin by learning a few patterns.

The first pattern that is used over and over again to fill sections would be Tipple.

Tipple

Yes, it is as simple as drawing circles or orbs. And guess what .. they don’t have to be perfectly round either! There is no need to use a stencil or draw the shapes with a pencil first. Draw a few random circles, then fill the gaps with smaller circles. Finally fill the gaps in black.

You can already create pretty artwork with this simple pattern!

Tipple Monotangle by Kris Christen
Tipple Monotangle by Kris Christen
Tipple Monotangle by Sharon Lynn
Tipple Monotangle by Sharon Lynn
Tipple Artwork by Tricia Long
Tipple Artwork by Tricia Long
Tipple Monotangle by Betty Martin
Tipple Monotangle by Betty Martin

Let’s try by using your first string. Another term you need to learn.

  • String – Light pencil guidelines dividing a tile into sections. Here are some sample strings .

You will notice that the Tipple Artwork by Tricia Long used String No 1.

String 1

String 1

Let’s see what YOU can do with Tipple. Draw your own string or use any of the strings from the string page and fill it with Tipple.

Here are some more samples:

Tipple Artist Trading Cards by Dorte Seupel-Kor
Tipple Artist Trading Cards by Dorte Seupel-Kor
Tipple Artist Trading Cards by Dorte Seupel-Kor
Tipple Artist Trading Cards by Dorte Seupel-Kor

Once this is done, move on to Part 2 – which will be available tomorrow!

5 thoughts on “Beginners Guide Part 1

  • July 4, 2016 at 3:22 am
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    Excellent post!! Even though I have been involved with Zentangle since March of 2015, I still feel like a beginner. I am going to share this post with several of my friends who are interested in Zentangle. Thank you for breaking it down into simple steps. I look forward to the next post.

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    • July 4, 2016 at 8:18 am
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      I am glad you like it, Lynn. Please share away 🙂

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  • July 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    Ina, I love all that you do!! What a fabulous website you have. Is this guide going to be published as an e-book? Will I be able to purchase one? Christa

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    • July 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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      Thank you, Christa!
      I think making this available as an e-book is a great idea. The income would support the site and pay for some of the expenses.
      However, all content will still be available for free on the pattern-collections for all the people that cannot afford to buy books or attend classes.

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      • July 7, 2016 at 12:21 am
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        You are very kind with a generous spirit. You are teaching others this kindness by example.

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