In June 2014, I saw, purely by chance, while surfing, the (to me unknown) word “Zentangle”. I was very curious and I clicked that fascinating word again and then “images”.Wonderful drawings appeared on the screen. Immediately I knew: that’s what I’m going to learn. Many times  I have dreamed that  once I’d make something beautiful, something I’d find pleasant to do . At that moment I knew what it would be: Zentangle-art, accessible to everyone, according to the founders, so for me too. A pleasant journey of discovery began.

There was so much to find on this subject that I didn’t see the wood for the trees. I just didn’t know how to start in a proper way. I searched for an address where I could learn  a good basis and finely decided to visit a “CZT” (Certified Zentangle Teacher). The list of these teachers, arranged by country, can be found by this link : https://www.zentangle.com/teachers.php

All around the world workshops are organized by people with this certificate. They all were bitten by the “Zentanglevirus” and they all have successfully followed a seminar in the U.S.A. with the founders of this technique. I cannot recommend anynone in particular; everyone has his own style.  My preference goes to a teacher that follows the original method and who shares his knowledge without restrictions.(Creative Commons)

On the picture below, you can see a print of the “Zentangle book mark”. In the 8 steps  you ‘ll find the proper method how a drawing must be built up. Rick and Mary find  gratitude and appreciation very important and I  agree.
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Be grateful for the time you can spend designing, show respect for the material,appreciate what you do, every time you start and finish. After appreciation you  put a few dots on the “tile” (paper tile) with a soft pencil. These are connected with each other. By doing so, a “border” or framework is formed. Then you draw the “strings” (lines)  and you fill the created spaces with “tangles” (structured patterns with a name). The best way is to use a fine pen. Finally you bring some shadow with a pencil and a stump .  Somewhere on the front, you can put your initials.On the backside you can write a number, the date and your full name. Finally, you can certainly admire and appreciate your own design.

Below I have posted a picture of my very first drawing. I used a black Sakura micron pen with a thickness of 0.1 mm. The first patterns that I learned to draw were: Crescent moon, Static, Printemps and Hollibaugh. Patterns can be found on different databases; See below Useful links. Each finished tile, from the first to the last , is unique and worth an appreciation! The drawing needs all four sides to be in harmony, there is no bottom or top.

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A year later I made the same exercise again. Everything looks different. I didn’t stay within the strings, that’s not necessarily, I used pens with a different thickness and color, a little more shadow was applied and I made a variation on Hollibaugh with a white gel ink pen ( I need still further practice).

With these 4 tangles and different strings you can make already many combinations in your first works .No exercise will ever be the same, the result is always a unique surprise, but it is always good.

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