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Updated on November 10, 2015
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Inspiration for Zentangle Enthusiasts

If you are a book artist, an art journaler or a doodler, you have surely tripped over a Zentangle(R) by now. Zentangles, sometimes known as 'zendoodles', are a form of active meditation created by filling a pre-drawn line or 'string' with patterns called 'tangles'.

They are simple and very relaxing to do and you don't have to be an artist to make them.

Zentangle enthusiasts are always looking for inspiration; tangles are found all around - in nature, art, textiles, on the internet and in... books. Here is a wonderful collection of book to provide all the inspiration you need - right at your fingertips.

I have included some of my own Zendoodles just for fun.

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One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (One A Day)
One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (One A Day)

"One Zentangle A Day is a beautiful interactive book teaching the principles of Zentangles as well as offering fun, related drawing exercises."

 

One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun - Beckah Krahula

So you've read lots of books about Zentangle, visited loads of websites and even perused all my doodling Hubs. You love to make Zentangles; you enjoy the way it makes you feel and you love that you can create these delicious little drawings. Frankly, you are getting a little bored, but not only that, you notice that you tangles are becoming a little 'samey'. What to do?

Get re-inspired, that's what. Creating a drawing a day is so good for your well-being, your self-esteem and your confidence. Creating Zentangles soothes your spirit so don't stop.

One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun by Beckah Krahula will kickstart your creativity.

Zentangle Letter B
Zentangle Letter B | Source

The Mandala Book - Lori Bailey Cunningham

Not a Zentangle book but more of a 'zendala' muse. I love this book. It is full of endless Zentangle inspiration. Full of the highest quality photos and even a section of black and white mandala outlines to photocopy and color.

I sat down with a sketch pad and found half a dozen potential tangles in a matter of minutes. It really is superb... not only for Zendoodlers but if you are the slightest bit interested in mandalas, then you will find it very interesting.

The book itself is hardback and produced to the highest standards. It gets TheRaggedEdge Seal of Approval!

Zentangle letter S in a handmade, fabric-covered journal - a gift for a friend.
Zentangle letter S in a handmade, fabric-covered journal - a gift for a friend. | Source

Textile Designs - Unlimited Tangle Inspiration

Not a Zentangle book at all but this one is chock full of inspiration for creating new and unusual tangle patterns. I saw it in a store, decided it was too expensive and walked away from it. Silly me. It only took a couple of weeks for my book-lust to assert itself and Textile Designs is now a semi-permanent resident on my desk. I'll scan a random page below so you can see what I mean about Zentangle inspiration.

Textile Designs - Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period

Textile Designs
Textile Designs

Sandy Steen Bartholomew - Sandy has created a nice little collection of Zentangle books for your pleasure...

Sandy has several Zentangle books available. All are fresh and original and written in her quirky style, sometimes with the help of her children.

Other titles include:

  • Yoga for your Brain: A Zentangle Workout
  • Yoga for Your Brain Totally Tangled Edition: Tangle Cards
  • Joy of Zentangle (contributor)
  • Alphatangle (mini-book, chock full of tangles)
  • Zentangle for Kidz
  • Tangled Fashionista (coloring book)

See a full review of Totally Tangled


Zentangle Number 5
Zentangle Number 5 | Source

Joanne Fink - Zenspirations

I love Joanne's calligraphy-like style of creating Zentangle-inspired art. She is very generous, sharing her work online at her website: Zenspiration

She has downloadable motifs, 'dangles' and 'tangles' for you to copy and include in your own drawings. She is very popular on Pinterest and maintains a board of contributors' 'zenspirations'. Joanne also has several YouTube videos - well worth watching.

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      myraggededge 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds brilliant, Cynthia. What a good idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found a book of Japanese patterns that I've been working into tangles and love it

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      Joanne Reid 4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      Oh -- I am so in the mood for this and never heard of zantangles before this week....Thanks!

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      GenesisLabs 5 years ago

      Using the textile design book for inspiration is genius. Thanks.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      I have never heard of zentangles either. Looks like very interesting art to do!

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      PeterStip 6 years ago

      Looks fun to do, never heard about zentangles. Nice sounding word. Thanks for the great lens

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      Great looking lens! =)