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Give your kids the Zentangle series of books and watch them turn their doodles into a whole new art form. The technique is simple: start with a shape, such as a square, then mark off sections within the shape and fill in each with an intricate design - either your own or one of the dozens illustrated. The books also offer inspiration for decorating cards, paper dolls, and more.

Interview with Sandy Steen Bartholomew Sandy Steen Bartholomew is an author, illustrator, mixed-media artist and a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). She also runs a Creativity General Store (Wingdoodle), a studio (BeezInk Studio), an Etsy shop (Bumblebat), a teaching studio (The Belfry), and a blog (Beez in the Belfry). She is inspired by juicy, jewel-tones, rusty-crusty, peeling, earth-covered... things. Magic, mystery, bits, pieces, and weird little creatures. If it sits still, she'll paint it. Sandy lives with her two kids (Alex and Lilah) and her cat, Lilo, in their colorful, mixed-media house in New Hampshire. How did you get started in your line of work? I have been an illustrator my entire life. I drew on walls as a kid, did cartoons for a local newspaper as a teen, and started sending out my children's book manuscripts when I was 15. I also wanted to be an Egyptologist (Indiana Jones). I went to Brown University for the archaeology, then dropped out to go to the School of Visual Arts in NYC, then back to Providence for Rhode Island School of Design. What was your path towards publication like? I have been sending out manuscripts for most of my life, but one thing or another always happened to throw a wrench into the process. After I had kids, I stuck the ideas in the flat file and tried to "move-on". After I learned Zentangle, I started working on a little book called AlphaTangle which I self-published with a local printer. I brought the sketches to a Zentangle training workshop, where I met Suzanne McNeill from Design Originals. After I got up enough courage to actually talk to her, I showed her my sketches and she said, "So tell me about your book." I almost keeled over when I realized she meant a different book, not AlphaTangle; a new book. One I had never really thought about! That new thought eventually became Totally Tangled. What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to pitching yourself as an author and what steps have you taken to overcome that obstacle? I am an introvert. Very introverted. When I took the self-test inside "The Introvert Advantage"... they didn't have a score high enough to rate me. Sometimes one obstacle or challenge can actually provide the solution for another one. For example: I got divorced this past winter. Not a good experience in itself or a great way to overcome introversion, but I found I "needed" to earn money and I "needed" to speak up and ask questions. So, I had to do a lot of things that did not come easily to me and being introverted wasn't an excuse anymore. I feel comfortable on the internet. So I pitch myself with my blog, website, Facebook, etc. I still don't like talking on the phone, though. How do you balance your life as an entrepreneur with your duties as a parent or spouse? I don't balance my life. I think my recent divorce proves that I failed as a spouse. Honestly, I think I terrified my ex-husband. I am an idea person and my brain generates new ideas faster than I can breathe. I exhaust myself, and I can't multi-task. I need an assistant for my business and an Alice (from Brady Bunch) for my home. Then I think I would be a normal-ish human being. I think I am a good parent though. My secret is to let go of the mommy-guilt. I learned when my son was very little that I could not be a stay-at-home mom. I couldn't be around people, even teeny ones that I adore, for more than a few hours at a time. So I worked very hard at finding other people who actually like playgrounds and story time and are more patient than I am... to watch my kids. And then, when they are with me in the afternoons or evening, I try to really pay attention to them. I listen and talk and play and watch movies with them. My kids seem OK with that set up. What is your best advice for getting past writer's block? Writer's block has never been a problem. But there are always two bad "moments" in every worthwhile project. 1. Getting started - but once I finally picture the project and what I want it to be - then things chug along. 2. The Mid-Life Crisis - at some point I panic and think I've messed it all up. I throw things around the studio, scream, stomp my feet, glare at the cat, eat some chocolate, get a new idea, and get moving again. What was the best writing-related advice you ever received? Write what you know. The best, worst advice came from Natalie Babbitt. She was my hero and a teacher got me an interview with her at her home in Providence. I was thrilled beyond words. Just to bask in her presence... she looked at my work and my portfolio and told me to find another career. I was so mad, I vowed I would keep at it until I was more famous than she was. So, if you were just wondering, "Natalie who?" Then you made my day. If not, that's OK. "Tuck Everlasting" is still a classic. What do you feel is the single most detrimental thing an entrepreneur could do to destroy his/her career? I'd say... letting your customers down. That's my biggest fear. I don't want to disappoint people. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? I love this book! It's only 20 pages but it is packed as full as I could get it. It is called "Zentangle for Kidz " It is a comic book introduction to Zentangle and features my kids and cat. It was so much fun to draw and my son wrote the intro and the bit on Mendhi tattoos. How did you come up with the idea for your book? My publisher, Suzanne McNeill, called me up and said put your other project on hold and do a book on Zentangle for Kids. She wanted one that would fit into her Zentangle Basics line, but that was "her" line, not mine... and I am a bit of a pain. So I thought "20 pages. Stapled in the middle. OH! (light bulb!) A comic book!" And I have always joked that my children are more cartoon character than human. What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book? Paying the hotel bill. Yes, I am ashamed to say that most of my books are written in hotel rooms. It works out OK when the deadline is "off-season". My hotel of choice is the Beachmere in Oguquit, ME and I can't afford it during the spring and summer! There is just too much going on around me and I cannot concentrate in any of my work spaces, so I run away to write and draw each book. I need to ask for a larger advance! Or maybe the Beachmere would give me a free room if I put "This book was set in Rockwell type, and designed on a king-size bed at The Beachmere in Ogunquit, Maine." in the book. Did you have to do any special research for your book? I did force my children to draw Zentangles. And I convinced my son to do all the research on the Mendhi Tattoos. But most of the information in my books comes from my teaching experiences and my own experimenting with materials. If you could choose just one thing for your book to accomplish, what would it be? To give people creative confidence. Everyone can do this type of art and I want my books to empower them. I don't want to show off, I want people to think "Oooh, I bet I could do that with some practice." I want to get them started and then encourage them to find their own voices and styles and passions... and to keep going! What's ahead for your writing? I have an interactive, Zentangle, coloring book due next week! It's called the "Tangled Fashionista". I can't run away to Maine in the middle of Beach Season so I had better get to work! I have a gazillion other ideas too.

is CZT Sandy Steen Bartholomew's latest Zentangle book. Using a comic book style, written and illustrated by Sandy, Sandy helps kids discover how to draw "cool stuff". Cute cartoon characters, named Alex and Lilah after Sandy's own children, guide kids through the easy steps of creating a Zentangle , and patterned drawings that requires nothing more than a pencil, pen, paper. Zentangle for Kidz! is full of colorful kid-friendly illustrations that kids will find fun to follow and explore their own imaginations through drawing. For those curious about the tangle patterns, by my count there are 47 tangles of which 17 are official Zentangle patterns (including the first appearance of instructions for Dyon) and the rest are from Sandy's previous books, Totally Tangled, and Yoga for Your Brain. Sandy illustrates the steps for each tangle and uses tips and a variety of cartoon characters to help children make their way through the instructions. She gives tips on shading, adding auras, using shapes and letters for strings, and drawing basic zendalas. Unlike Sandy's two most recent books, Zentangle for Kidz! is the larger Zentangle-series (by Suzanne McNeill) physical dimension of 8.5 x 11-inches, and contains 20 pages including covers. "Speaking in language all kids can understand and will appreciate, this new book provides everything your child needs to try their hand at drawing, while keeping it fun, easy and stress-free." Zentangle for Kidz! makes a great gift for any young child and might just spark a generation of contented tanglers. What could be wrong with that?

This comic-style guide teaches children how to create tangles and draw cool stuff! Kids will love craft time!

'Zentangle for Kids' is the new book from Sandy Steen Bartholomew. It has the basic Zentangle philosophy that we all know and love but the artwork and tangles chosen will definitely appeal to kids. It's a lot of fun. Sandy even inspires kids to find their own tangle patterns by comparing the treads on the bottom of their shoes. New tangles, presented step by step, will keep kids busy for hours, days, weeks, and months!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Design Originals (Book 3463)
  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574213407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574213409
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Romero VINE VOICE on September 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you like Ed Emberley's drawing books, you are going to love Sandy Steen Bartholomew's drawing book. The Zentangle method uses repetitive patterns to create intricate drawings that are bewildering. In the first ever Zentangle book for children, Ms. Bartholomew introduces kids to this art form through detailed instructions, whimsical characters, and numerous applications. Although she uses a "baby steps" approach, the results can be amazing! After I won the book through a contest sponsored by Ms. Bartholomew, I used it to help me introduce the art form to my 1st through 5th grade students. They loved it! The following are a couple of their comments:

"I didn't know I could draw this good!"

"Can we draw again next week?"

I was thrilled! Since I'm not the assigned art teacher at my campus, I only meant to use Zentangles for an opening activity on the first day of school. However, now I plan to incorporate them into holiday projects and/or as a sponge activity. As an educator, I believe Zentangles can help improve children's motor skills, observational skills, concentration skills, patterning skills, creativity, and more.

Thank you for such a marvelous book, Ms. Bartholomew!
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I can't believe I'm the first to mention this. I guess I should have checked the page count before I bought this book. But even that isn't true. It has 8 physical pages. I guess they're counting the OUTSIDE and INSIDE FRONT and BACK covers to make a total of 20 pages. The inside front cover is actually numbered "Page 2" and the inside back "Page 19". And the back page is an advertisement for the Authors other books. If you have to pad your page numbers this way, you already know that your book is too short. Why not be honest? I bought two of these for Christmas gifts for my 7 and 8 year old nieces thinking it would make a bigger impression. But it just looks like an afterthought or a cheap extra throw in gift. And the price definitely is too high for the size and content or to be given as just an extra gift. Honestly, if you buy workbooks for your kids at the dollar store, this is like half the size of those. What's in the book is good, but there just isn't enough to justify the price. I'm just really disappointed that this isn't worthy of being the major focal point of their gifts - now it's the art supplies, pads, markers and micron pens.
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I purchased this to work with Middle School age kids. It was way to juvinile. It would be better for kids to use on their own or 4th - 6th grade. That is probably what it is intended for. I returned it and ordered the next two in the series. They are much more appropriate for my needs. Good books. I have been using this in projects for a long time, now it has a name and excellent examples. The students think its fun.
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Bought this book for my niece who loves drawing. She took to it quite easily and enthusiastically. Fun book - great instructions and I love all the illustrations.
The benefits from Zentangle are endless. I can speak first hand of the improvement it made to my own child's handwriting. We were told by an educational professional not to be concerned with the illegible handwriting of our first grader. After all, they all learn keyboarding in school these days. Through a stroke of luck, I happened across Sandy's first book and so began the remarkable transformation. The fine motor skills gained by focusing on each line as it is drawn has not only resulted in wonderful handwriting but has also given us a much more confident child who is proud of the drawings made using Zentangle techniques.
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I've been doing Zentangle myself and have taught two grandchildren (ages 9 and 6) to do a few patterns, so I bought this book as an impulse purchase for them. It's bright and colorful and the drawings are cute, but in our experience trying to use it together, we've been more frustrated than helped. Despite its price, the book is quite short (only 15 pages plus covers), and on these pages it tries to be everything at once. The Zentangle instructions are cursory and are almost lost among the cartoon drawings and the jumble of sassy dialogue both from the author to readers and between the comic-book kids.
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I couldn't believe when this book arrived that I had paid $8 for it. It's nothing more than a few pages of ideas for zentangles. I found the layout confusing and hard to read for me and my son. I'm looking for something more substantial and worth my money. Totally disappointed.
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I already own Totally Tangled, and Yoga for your Brain. This book is a slightly larger size(great!) which allows for the illustrations to be bigger. How to draw tangles is interspersed with appearances by Lila and Alex, Sandy's children in comic book form. There is a lot of variety in the tangles drawn and lots of ideas for kids to springboard from. I plan on using this book with children and adults. It has a light hearted style, but is not light weight in content. I consider this a valuable addition to my Tangle library. It is not just charming but delivers precise drawing instruction. Nice job, Sandy!
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I needed an art program to present to a group of children ages 6 to 12 years old for our local Art Council. I have done tangling myself, but was unsure of how to prepare a program that would cover this age group. I used the book to demonstrate several designs that the children did them on little wooden boxes. The kids loved it, you could hear a pin drop in the room while they were working and the parents loved it too. I suggested the purchase of this book and several others that they could get from Amazon. I have started a new hobby for the kids and some of their parents too.
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