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Explore the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle. Includes 60 new tangles, and amazingly beautiful circles to inspire all crafters.Zen Mandalas - Sacred Circles Inspired by Zentangle "explores the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle". Of the 4 new Design Originals books that just hit the bookshelves Zen Mandalas is far and away my personal favorite. Suzanne McNeill did a superb job of creating a mini-course in all you could want to know about mandalas. Her illustrations along with those of CZTs Margaret Bremner and Carole Ohl are beautiful and inspiring. I learned so much about mandalas and their symbolism and meanings from this book and I'm totally inspired to create some of my own. Zen Mandalas is an 8 x 8-inch, 52-page (including covers) softcover book that includes 60 tangles with step-by-step illustrations, "and everything a beginner needs to start making beautiful mandalas." The "Zen in Mandalas" section sets up the content that follows by summarizing and explaining the qualities mandalas represent - sacred circles, center of life, expanding life, symmetry, balance, relaxation, meditative, focus. From there, the book proceeds into the following sections: Getting Started - the Zentangle basics of supplies, border, string and tangles, and shading to add dimension Snowflake Mandalas - how to cut snowflake mandalas, by CZT Carole Ohl, with Carole's inspiring black and white mandalas Color Mandalas - by CZT Margaret Bremner, with Margaret's beautiful colorful mandalas Templates and Geometric Mandalas - how to create mandalas with stencils, or a compass Symbolism and the Color Wheel - the meaning of common mandala symbols, and the meaning of color and combinations Adding Colors - a "collection of generally accepted meanings of color", with a variety of colorful mandalas by Suzanne McNeill using various media - watercolors, colored pencils, chalk, colored pens, etc. - and tips for each Tangle Patterns - arranged in groups by variations of circles, grids, wavy lines, parallel lines, leaves and shapes These next chapters contain examples of each theme with explanations of related colors and numeric symbolism: Yin-Yang - how to make a 2-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 2 Planet Earth - how to make a 3-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 3 Sun and Compass - how to make a 4-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 4 Heavenly Bodies - how to make a 5-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 5 Love & the Heart - how to make a 6-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 6 Water & Earth - how to make a 7-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 7 Hands All Around - how to make an 8-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 8 Spiral - how to make a 9-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 9 Lotus and Symmetry - how to make a 10-section or 12-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of these numbers Dream Catchers - how to make an 11-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 11 Borders & Hex Symbols - borders and boundaries for your mandalas and 8 Pennsylvania-Dutch good luck symbols Index of Tangles - a pictorial index of the 60 tangles. --d-originals.com

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Explore the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle. Create beautiful drawings that reflect your vision and discover the infinite possibilities that spring from peace and creativity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Design Originals (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574216961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574216967
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Murray on September 13, 2011
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I'm a zentangle addict; I admit it. But I've been uninspired by the basic books that have offered simplistic designs, often that we'd seen from others, with cleverly reinvented names.

Zen Mandalas is different. It marries another favorite activity of mine, coloring mandalas, and offers some original and inspiring content that will make you want to grab a pen and some copics and get to work.

This is an excellent contribution to the zentangling field!
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I am a tangle devotee and it pains me to say this but I had very high expectations for this book and I was quite disappointed. Why? No question that the examples and featured artwork is spectacular. I was really hoping for more how-to information and some guidance. In that way, this little book was a letdown. Really not substantive at all as an instruction book.
The mandala format has unlimited potential, no doubt about that. But it's best not to expect any step-by-step stuff from this attractive book.
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I am already familiar with tangles and was looking for a different format to create them. Zen Mandalas has a helpful layout, clear tangle pattern how to instructions, a picture index of tangles with page number in the back of the book, abundant color, and examples from different artists. A wide variety of color media is explored and shown. I think it is a good reference book to go back to for ideas. I plan on trying some of the novel ideas, like using a cut out snowflake as template. If you want to break out of tangling in squares, give this book a try.
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I just "discovered" tangles (zentangle) and was excited to see it incorporated with mandalas. So when I went to purchase a book and saw this one, I ordered it too.

I was surprised to find typos in this published book. I've gotten use to seeing them in kindle's inexpensive/free ebooks.. But I didn't expect to see some of the silly ones I found here: hanging comma's (cover), half of a word (p 16).

I confess to having stopped reading after noticing these, choosing instead to just look at the pictures and scan the text. We all make mistakes. But it's my opinion if you are asking for someone to pay money for something, it should have all the "i"s dotted, "t"s crossed... have someone take a second, third and fourth look at it before sending it off to the publisher. Yes, I know some get through, but this is a 50 page book that has more pictures than words.. seems like 15 minutes to have a few extra sets of eyes go through it wouldn't be a bad idea.

There are some lovely mandalas. But like another review said, they are all already finished works. I was hoping to find more about the process of creating the mandalas and how to combine it with tangles. I did find the snowflake idea to be ingenious!

There are lots of patterns and nice layout on how to create those patterns, for which I was happy to see. This alone meets the main requirement I was looking to get out of a couple of tangle books.

One more thing I felt disappointed to see... on p. 49 Good Luck - Hex Symbols, I was very surprised to see a Mercedes sign depicted as a Peace sign. They are most definitely two different symbols.. If this is wrong, what else might be wrong too. This may seem a petty complaint to some, but I find it very annoying.
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By Les on November 24, 2011
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This latest book by Suzanne McNeil is awe-inspiring. I was curious to see how Tangles would turn out as in a Mandala, a huge WOW is in place here. I love what Suzanne has done with the colours and Tangles in mandala style, and how the Tangle patterns always seem to turn into something completely new and exciting, and your hands just itch to try the Tangles out for yourself !! I am so delighted with this newest book. When I sit down to Tangle myself, I always leaf through my Tangle books first [and my small pile is growing!]:-)I also love the way Tangle artists generously give full credit to their peers !

So also a tribute to : Rick & Maria the original Tangle founders, to Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Joanne Fink for their wonderful Tangle Book Input !! Then also to TanglePatterns.com, a newsletter where you can learn online, a great measure of fullblown THANKS to Linda Farmer for all her wonderful work that she puts in getting it out there every day of the week !! WELL DONE LINDA !! THANK YOU dear TANGLE FOLK !!! :-))))) Kindest regards, L.B.
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I'm a mandala artist and I got this book to be a source of inspiration for whenever I'm stuck or have artist's block. The samples by other artists are pretty good, and there are many small samples of doodles and their variations. I was inspired to use my own black-and-white blank coloring mandalas and doodle designs into them rather than just coloring them in coloring-book style. Also I was inspired to add tangles/doodles over the colors I use in my mandalas.

Some information is given as to number, color and symbolism in mandalas, nothing new or complete. There are some inspirational quotes throughout the book.

The snowflake idea is PERFECT for anyone who wants to create a variety of mandala designs quickly and easily without using a compass and protractor!
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