Commonly used terms: Tanglish

It is hard for any newcomer to understand all the terms used by fellow tanglers during conversations. Here is a small list of commonly used terms for a quick reference:

  • ATC – artist trading card. Measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches made of card stock.
  • Aura – an outline drawn around a shape as an embellishment.
  • Bijou – 2″ x 2″ piece of card stock.
  • CC – constructive criticism or “Caring critique”.
  • CZT- Certified Zentangle® Teacher (# after CZT means class they graduated from Zentangle® school).
  • Deconstruct: take a pattern apart into simple steps.
  • Eraser – a tool to add highlights to your shading.
  • Filler – A pattern that can expand to fill an entire area.
  • Inchie – 1″ x 1″ piece of card stock.
  • Meditative drawing – Mindful repetition of the same strokes.
  • Mistake – the chance to turn an oops into something amazing.
  • Newbie – A term used to refer lovingly to new people.
  • Opportunity – Also the chance to turn an oops into something amazing. (This is from the mouth of my CZT).
  • Opus Tile – 10″x10″ paper ( and very hard to get a hold of and expensive FYI!).
  • Orb = circle (for those that use a translator tool).
  • Renaissance tile – Renaissance are tan tiles.
  • Reticula/Fragments – Reticula being the GRID or an empty space that can be filled with fragments. Not exactly the same as a segment of a string to be filled with tangles. Fragments being the block of a pattern used to fill the grid.
  • Shading – adding dimension to a pattern by using pencil lines to simulate shadows.
  • Stacked – placing one row of a pattern onto the next row of another pattern.
  • Step-outs – step-by-step instructions on how to draw a pattern.
  • String – Light pencil guidelines dividing a tile into sections.
  • Tangle is also a verb. As in “I tangled today”.
  • Tangle-enhancers – Embellishments, such as Aura, Sparkle, etc.
  • Tangleation – variation of a tangle/pattern tangles.
  • Tangling – The act of drawing a pattern from a step-out.
  • TIA – Tangle Inspired Art.
  • Tile – 3.5″ x 3.5″ square piece of card stock.
  • Twinchie = 2″ x 2″ piece of card stock or Bijou.
  • WIP- work in progress.
  • Zen peeps = fellow tanglers in the fam here.
  • Zengems=gems embellished with tangles.
  • ZIA – Zentangle® Inspired Art.
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