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Zentangle Inspirations in Fabric

Updated on December 22, 2014

Fabric Designs Inspire Zentangles

If you like doodling and making Zentangles, but you are looking for new ideas, check out these Zentangle inspirations in fabric.

Zentangle is basically doodling using repetitive patterns. Fabrics used for clothing, home decor like curtains, towels, and pillows, and totes and other objects often have great repetitive patterns like intricate borders and flowing images repeated in the material. These fabric designs can inspire your next Zentangle.

This retro washcloth pictured here is from the 1970s. It has great design suitable for Zentangle inspiration.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Fabric Designs - Perfect for Zentangle Inspiration

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Paisley design in tablecloth. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.Mod handkerchief design from the 1960s.Embroidered pillow top for Zentangle inspiration.Blue and brown paisley design on a purse to inspire Zentangles.Vintage fabric repeating pattern.Paisley design on a throw pillow.
Paisley design in tablecloth. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Paisley design in tablecloth. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Mod handkerchief design from the 1960s.
Mod handkerchief design from the 1960s.
Embroidered pillow top for Zentangle inspiration.
Embroidered pillow top for Zentangle inspiration.
Blue and brown paisley design on a purse to inspire Zentangles.
Blue and brown paisley design on a purse to inspire Zentangles.
Vintage fabric repeating pattern.
Vintage fabric repeating pattern.
Paisley design on a throw pillow.
Paisley design on a throw pillow.

Zen ~ Tangle

Zen (n.) : a Japanese sect of Mahayana

Buddhism that aims at enlightenment

by direct intuition through meditation

tangle (n.): a tangled twisted mass

Source: Merriam-Webster.com

Beginning Zentangles - Pens and Basic Zentangle Books

Get started making your own Zentangles--it's so easy and fun! Use inspiration around the house. Look at throw pillows, clothes, or other fabric.

Sakura Pigma 30062 Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black, Ass't Point Sizes 6CT Set
Sakura Pigma 30062 Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black, Ass't Point Sizes 6CT Set

I love the fine tipped Sakura ink pens for doodling. You can get in some tight spaces with these wonderful pens.

 

Zentangle Inspirations in Fabric - Fabric Designs Around My House

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A quick doodle I made inspired by this washcloth. It's a very rough, quick Zentangle. Give it a try. You can do better than this!Paisley Zentangle inspired by the paisley design in my throw pillows.Mod flowers can inspire doodling!
A quick doodle I made inspired by this washcloth. It's a very rough, quick Zentangle. Give it a try. You can do better than this!
A quick doodle I made inspired by this washcloth. It's a very rough, quick Zentangle. Give it a try. You can do better than this!
Paisley Zentangle inspired by the paisley design in my throw pillows.
Paisley Zentangle inspired by the paisley design in my throw pillows.
Mod flowers can inspire doodling!
Mod flowers can inspire doodling!

Do you like doodling? - Have you tried making a Zentangle?

Look around where you're sitting right now. What fabric inspires you to doodle?

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Do You Doodle? - Zentangles are doodles made with repeated patterns.

Oval doodle by Peggy Hazelwood.
Oval doodle by Peggy Hazelwood.

Have you ever tried making Zentangles?

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Zentangle gifts make a great gift.

A Zentangle book, a pad of paper, and some ink pens will get anyone doodling right away.

Zentangle: Journey in the Round - In case you don't win a copy.

Zen-sational Stitches for Quilting - Make Zentangles into a Quilt

Make a one-of-kind quilt with Zentangles! Yes, you can doodle on fabric and then stitch those lines you've drawn making a three-dimensional cloth doodle!

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Would you use fabric to inspire your Zentangles?

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    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Yes. nice idea!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      nicely done. it may be good for my curtains

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      termit_bronx 

      7 years ago

      I'm not a doodler but your work is great!

    • LisaAuch1 profile image

      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      I love to doodle too!

    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      Possibly. I would more likely take patterns in nature...wavy water, blades of grass, pretty leaves, flower petals...that sort of thing.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Of course! It's fun to take a design and give it your own tweak....I guess I'd be a Zentangle Wrangler, huh? ha :)

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: That's the most fun, to just go with it.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I just keep adding embellishments to the design I started until I think it is done. I don't really try to draw something that I see though.

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