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Zentangle Basics #3450 Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Zentangle turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. This relaxing process can be done anywhere and no ‘artistic’ talent is needed. Embellish journals, scrapbooks, art, paintings and cards. There is really no limit to creativity.
The Zentangle Basics book helps students and educators get started. It features step-by-step illustrations for 25 tangles. Also included are tips on how to relate Zentangle to learn spelling, math, social studies, geometry and art.
Traditional Zentangle includes a ritual to help get in touch with life. Tangles are used as learning skills for school children, as stress reduction for adults and they help develop dexterity. In addition, Zentangles can be fabulous works of art that resemble etchings.
“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.” ™
— Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, zentangle.com
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Hope Wilbanks, author of [...]
I like them all.
As other reviewers already stated, each of the Zentangle series books can be used on its own. But if you would like to begin at the beginning, the basics book is best.
I do not agree with the reviewer who said that Zentangle 2 is almost a repetition of Zentangle Basics. This is simply not true. The very basics of Zentangling are summarised in Z2, but this is a kind gesture for those who do not own both books.
Z1 gives you 24 designs - plus simple variations, such as reversing black and white, which gives the pattern a completely different look -, Z2 repeats four of them, and adds 25 more - also with variations -, as it promises. So, if you buy them both, you will have 49 different patterns.
Some reviewers complain that the books contain so few pages. True. But the techniques are so simple that I feel that adding extra pages would only fill out the book, without adding substance. There is no waste of space in these books, so I feel that you do get value for money: lots and lots of patterns to try out for yourself, and to experiment further with.
If you really do not want to buy all three of them, it does not matter very much which book you choose, as the basic steps are repeated shortly in vols 2 and 3.
If I really had to pick one favourite, perhaps I would choose vol. 3. This book focuses a tiny bit more on how to incorporate the patterns into your own drawings, with a whole page of spectacularly zentangled flowers. Really mouthwatering for anyone who loves doodling. Books 1 and 2 are slightly more basic, but the difference is small.
If you are a greedy person, like me, and seeing 20 patterns just makes you want to see MORE, then do buy all three of them.
Good luck! I hope my review will help you pick and choose!
Google "flickr hive mind zentangle" for a huge gallery of completed tangles by multiple artists...great ideas!
Zentangle Basics is a very basic book. It has lots of good, simple tangles, a summary of Zentangling, some examples, and some fun applications. It also explains how to start shading your tangles.
If you are wanting a complete library of Zentangle books this would be a worthwhile addition. I plan to keep this book around to loan to beginners who are new to the concept because it would be perfect for that, plus this book would also be great to include for classroom activities, group activities, etc. It's not too involved while explaining everything to give you a good foundation plus patterns to start out with.
Also, I have to say:
1. yes, it only has a "few" pages compared to most art books. But it's listed on the Amazon listing that it's only 20 pages, so why people give it low ratings for that reason boggles my mind. Also, Zentangling is supposed to be a simple concept that doesn't require much explaining - it's about the patterns and the activity itself.
2. Yes, you can find patterns online, but I don't like being tied to my computer when I want to tangle. I'm still relatively new to tangling and I need references and ideas, and the time/ink/paper that it would take to print everything out would far surpass paying $8.99 for the number of tangles in the book. Also, by buying the book you are supporting an independent artist that loves what they do.