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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
This Zentangle book has it all! It is simply Awesome! If you are new or old to Zentangle, you are going to LOVE this book. It starts with tools of the trade and explains what Zentangle is and swiftly moves on to the 50 inspiring projects and designs to make (which you can branch off to use with your own ideas and that makes the ideas limitless!). This is a nice meaty book. For those of you used to the small, more limited books or ten page instruction books, this book will make you smile - widely!

There are four CZTs who authored this book so there are different flavors of Zentangle to enjoy. This book also goes beyond the tiles. They have their purpose naturally, but this book recommends different papers and pens and things to use as well as so many new ideas to expand your Zentangle Art. This is the Zentangle Book as far as I am concerned. There are a few that I really adore and enjoy, but none of them compare to this one. This book is my new favorite! Not only is the format large, it's also a workbook with plenty of space to try the new tangles and all of the ideas presented in the book. From birds and fish to detailed fairies, to frames, mandalas and glitter Zentangle, this wonderful book gives you lots of fresh ideas that could become frameable art around the house!

The Art Of Zentangle shows you step by step many cool tangles-from easy to difficult. The projects are presented in stages with many of the final versions shown with bright colors!

I can't say enough good about this book! I love, love, love it and I would give it 10 stars if possible. If you are curious about Zentangle, get this book! If you are not new to Zentangle, get this book! If you've put away your Zentangle stuff and want a fresh, new look, you know what I'am going to say...Get this book!!
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
I am an artist and simply became intrigued looking through this book when I was shopping for books on mixed media and encaustic. There were a few zentangle books on Amazon (I'd never heard of zentangle prior to this shopping search experience) but this one seemed to have some of the coolest designs that appeared more organic than like Indian prints. (I am not sure how else to describe my choice via the comparisons of the suggestions Amazon gave me when shopping other than that.)

Many years ago I owned a pottery painting studio and I have thought so many times since about the woman who worked for days on a large platter and did it all in black and white with these simply tiny designs...the thing was FANTASTIC when she was done. I tried to copy it once out of memory and couldn't. As soon as I saw books on "Zentangle" I realized it must be an art form I was unaware of.

This is basically very cool doodles you could do with a sharpie marker. The book is filled with practice pages and filled with loads of ideas. What's ideal about that is it could keep a teen busy for hours learning to create these designs and be able to use them over and over. What's great for ME is that it lends itself to creating a very cool art piece of your own in any time you have to simply sketch out more and more designs. I plan to buy a large sheet of watercolor paper or use it on a large canvas that I can later frame and just leave it out on my dining room table to play with as I have time.

Even better, you could create an awesome art piece that your entire family makes together. If you look through the book you see this is simply about learning to make the basic shapes then fill in the spaces between them after you create the shapes so that you have endless doodles everywhere. What I love about the book is that it's not just abstract shapes. It also shows you how to add in organic elements like a hummingbird or fish in your work, and fill them in with the Zentangles.

I get the "Zen" part of the name as well. Art takes your mind away from anything troubling it, and the repetitive strokes and creation are very Zen and very peaceful elements for the mind.

This would be an amazing book to have should you ever know anyone sick or in the hospital as there is little to do sitting in bed and reading and the TV grow tiresome. Bring them this and a box of thin tip markers and you'd likely be loved for it. This could create hours of fun and result in actually learning a new hobby that could parlay into some cool art pieces for one's home. Better yet, they take your mind away from pain when you do activities like this...

The book intrigued me as I flipped through what pages I could see on Amazon. The book thrilled me far more once I got it. Very simple instructions and step by step guides for the beginner but cool enough designs to remain intrigued as you become an expert.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
I loved this book of Zentangle designs!! I have used its ideas & designs almost everday! I make cards & design art projects using zentangles. It is so relaxing and hard to put down! This book is excellent for teaching zentangle and makes it nice to develop some of your own designs because it has special places on most pages to draw your own ideas. I was looking through it yesterday and noticed a design I really liked and realized it was my design! Anyone looking for excellent artistic drawing ideas will love it! Thanks to Amazon this book was a great price!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
While this book shows you all the elements needed for traditional Zentangle®, it quickly branches out to show you how to incorporate your tangles into other projects. Four of the most talented Certified Zentangle Teachers walk you through drawing tangle patterns, and then into using them in delightful and whimsical ways.

There are blank pages for you play along but the book doesn't stint on content. I don't believe any of the tangles are new, but they may be unknown to many readers.

Whether you are a beginner or a practiced tangler, you'll find plenty of technique, tips and inspiration from this book!

Tangles included are: Flux, Hollibaugh, Roxi, Pokeleaf, Dragonair, Chainlea, Printemps, Cadent, Shing, Poppet, Zippee! and Twink.
Projects included are: Fish Aquarium, Fantasy Garden, Tangly Toadstools,Silhouette Tangles, Hummingbird, Fairy, Zentangle Mandala, Mandala Stencil String, Glitter Tangles and Tangled Frame.
Other subjects: Tools & Materials, Getting Started, Enhancements, Patterns & Borders, Creatures & Sillies, Tangled Motifs, Channeling Picasso, Finding Inspiration, ZIA Fairies, Getting Centered, and Creating Strings.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
I am currently exploring this whole world of 'zentangle' which I recently discovered on Amazon (of all places!). I had even ordered the official Zentangle kit from Rick and Maria but by far this has been my favorite and most helpful tool. Just wish it had more practice room for individual tangles. Made of very high quality paper and great for practicing in.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2014
This is not a beginner's book. On page 11 (eleven!) are samples of tangles that require keen skills for freehand drawing: proportional spacing, complex repetitive patterns, illusions of depth and overlapping that require the ability to project into space, shading that needs basic instruction--if not mastery--of how round objects reflect light. Did you think doodling just required a pen or a pencil? On page 8 you learn that to really begin your adventure you need a collection of tools that includes exquisite papers, archival pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, gel pens, erasers, and, wait for it, a lightbox! All just to do "meditative line drawings." On page 12 (twelve!) the reader is shown eight complex tangles, with no instructions on how to build them from standard elemental pieces, just an invitation to fill in the empty practice boxes with "watever moves you." On page 19, you are told you can draw animals and that you can see outlines of creatures in cracks in sidewalks. You don't need to be trained to see things in the cracks in sidewalks! The authors would have you believe it's just something everyone can do. All you have to do is open your mind, breathe, pick up your pen (or gels or markers) and "go zen." Nonsense.

I'm a photographer. Anyone can take pictures. Not everyone can be documentary filmmaker or a portrait photographer by simply picking up a camera. There are fundamental skills required: f-stops, shutter speeds, lens selection, lighting, composition. You can't just pick up a wad of mud and start throwing teapots, either.

Many reviews of this book are written by people who can draw; they say upfont, "I'm an artist." Those of you who can draw may not remember how hard it was for you in the distant past or perhaps you were blessed with the gift of eye-hand coordination that allowed you make a sketch of an egg look like an egg. Drawing, even the most casual doodling, takes some fundamental skills. This book does nothing to help the new tangler, the guy who wants to get in on this kookie new craze but who has never been able to or has never learned to draw a smooth arc, a reasonable circle, a straight line, or a series of loops. With every turn of the page of The Art of Zentangle, the beginner is confronted with beautifully perfect drawings, impossibly complex and intimidating, placed next to an empty box enthusiastically but discouragingly labeled, "Practice here!"

The authors have misled their audience of beginners by offering little in the way of instruction while displaying the results of many thousands of hours of work and practice by skilled artists. They intimidate by example instead of inspiring by patience and progressing through skills development.

You buy this book because you can draw, and draw well, or you already know what's going on with this zentangle stuff. You do not buy this book if you cannot draw. It will only hurt your feelings. (Yes, I can draw. But I still view the world of creativity through the eyes of those who struggle. Tangling shoudl be for everyone. This book does not address the needs of the wannabe. More's the pity.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have ordered quite a few Zentangle books-- and this is among two that I constantly refer to. I think this is the best book for "getting your feet wet." The author does a great job of really explain the theory behind the Zentangle method and has a well-done overview of supplies. In addition to learning Zentangle patterns you get to stretch your creativity with some fun exercises. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to Zentangle. I am so happy I stumbled across this book as my introduction! Additionally, it is printed on nice paper so it makes writing in the book enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
This was fun to check out and get into. I am not very good at drawing. Ask to to draw a person, animal, a scene, etc and forget it. This starts you off with simple lines that you can grow with at your own skill level and imagination. This book teaches you to start with a basic concept and to just keep growing until you are satisfied. This really is stress free. This book is great for beginners and even has more advanced art like drawing a fairy and all the extras she comes with. Animals, squares and more. This book can really get you going.

On the down side, the style to these zentangles seems the same. Not a lot of variety. It can get old quick for simply learning basic moves. It really does force you into a more freelance mode and I am a more structured personality type when learning. The book also has too many blank pages. While the workbook feel can be nice, whole plank pages is overkill. Grab a notebook! This also give you the space to do the same thing over and over again until you are satisfied.

Great way to focus some energy, relax your mind or even just doodle. When I am on the phone, I tend to draw random scribbles. Now I can draw these tangles. It does not require focus and looks prettier when I am done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book, and carried it around for a while, and left it sitting out. Well, my younger sister saw it, and borrowed. And kept it. So I had to buy a second one for myself. I love the ideas and inspiration, the designs in the book. I think zentangles are great, good therapy, and a good way to meditate. The world just falls away when I get to playing with my black Sharpies and drawing zentangles. If you haven't tried doodling Zentangles before, try this book. I don't think you will be dissatisfied with it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
Wonderful book for those who love to doodle and explore their creativity.
I am loving using this book as a starting point for my own artwork. I have never seen another book like this, in this genre. For those who believe they have no innate artistic creativity, you MUST give this book a try!
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